When we think of dangerous insects, thoughts of spiders and mosquitoes come to mind. But there are other types of hazardous insects out there. These types of insects are not dangerous to humans directly. Instead, they can cause structural damage to homes that can be expensive to repair and even make your homes vulnerable to live in if enough damage is done. Look for the signs and be vigilant. There are many ways these wood-destroying insects can gain entry to your house. The key to beating them is identifying them in time before too much damage is done.
There are two main types of termites found in the United States. The first is subterranean termites. These insects live underground or in dead trees. That’s because subterranean termites require moisture to survive. When they venture out for food or looking for a new home, they will create small mud tubes that slither up the sides of rocks and buildings. When they find an opening big enough for them to slip into, they will gain entry to your home and settle in without you even knowing it. Once inside, they will search for a moist environment and start carving out a new home. Common places you’ll find subterranean termites are in the basement or attic where damp or wet wood can be found.
Ensure your home isn’t host to these damaging pests. Make sure your roof and basement have no leaks. Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, so you aren’t openly inviting them in.
The other species of termite is the dry wood termite. These are the most common type of termites found in the United States. Unlike their subterranean counterparts, dry wood termites are not fussy when it comes to wood choices. They enjoy lumber, hardwoods, softwoods, and furniture. If there is wood, they will come, and cause a lot of damage.
How to Control Termites
It’s hard to control something you can’t see. The most important part of termite control is staying alert and routinely inspecting vulnerable areas. Look for these signs of termite infestations.
Signs of Termite Infestations
- Mud tubes climbing up the outside of your house
- Hollow sounding wood
- Piles of frass (termite droppings) resembling sawdust
- Wings from swarmers
Powderpost beetles aren’t a name given to a specific species of beetle but seventy species of wood-chewing beetles. In the wild, the larvae of these beetles feed on trees, but when they sneak into our homes, they can attack important support structures. Adults lay their eggs below the surface of the wood. The eggs can remain dormant from one to five years before hatching into tiny larvae that bore into the wood until late winter or spring when they emerge as adults, mate, and start the process all over again.
Carpenter ants are a popular wood destroying insect in Connecticut. Like subterranean termites, carpenter ants are attracted to damp, moist environments like basements, between walls, under floorboards, and in attics. Their colonies can tunnel deep into the wooden structures of your home and make it nearly impossible to find them. You’ll notice them occasionally crawling up your walls when they venture out for food. When trying to eliminate carpenter ants, you always want to go after the queen. If the queen isn’t eliminated, any colony can bounce back in no time at all. The best way to deal with a carpenter ant infestation is to call a professional pest control service.
Call The Pest Control Experts
Don’t let wood-destroying insects eat you out of house and home. Call the professionals at Naturally Green. With our perimeter pest control program, we can protect your home by creating an invisible barrier that carpenter ants, termites, and other insects won’t want to cross.