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Is Something Living In The Wood Of Your House?

June 25, 2015

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There are a few things you want to know in life. If you win the lottery, you definitely want to know about it. It is hard to spend millions of dollars if you don't know you have them. I'm betting you'd also like to know if you've been losing a ton of money. If you have wood-destroying organisms in your home, it is like winning the anti-lottery. You wake up one day and realize you have to pay out thousands in difficult or impossible to fix wood damage. Here is a list of the three wood chewers you are most likely to find in your home and how to detect them.

Carpenter Bees

These insects are boring. Not, "If I have to sit through one more sentence about carpenter bees I'm going to take my own life," boring. More like, "I just found eight circular tunnels under my back steps," boring. The female carpenter bee chews an almost perfect circular tunnel up and into hardwood. If you're wondering whether or not you have these insects in your home, you don't even have to look for those holes. All you have to do is look to the air. These little buggers look like bumble bees--only their hind section, from the waist back, is completely black. Once you know this, you aren't going to miss this infestation.

Carpenter Ants

These insects are tunnelers. They chew galleries through the wood of your home to make room for their nests and gain access to food sources. There are 24 pest species of carpenter ant in the United States, and figuring out whether or not the ants in your home are carpenter ants can be difficult. Most carpenter ants are black or tinted red, but this alone will not allow you to identify them. See if you can track them back to where they are coming into your home. If you find sawdust at the point of entry, you have carpenter ants. These ants are also the largest ants you'll find in your home. If you can grab one and measure it, it will be between ⅜ and ½ an inch long.


These insects eat wood. This isn't such a big deal because they're so small, right? Wrong! Termites eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, this is an insect that can build its nest to over a million wood chewers. If you have termites in your home, you need to know about it. The problem with termites is that they don't have to come out of the wood of your home and forage for food, like the carpenter bee and carpenter ant. Detecting them is almost impossible. If you have subterranean termites, the most destructive termite in the United States, you may be able to find the mud tubes they build on the sides of your home. But most termites won't be kind enough to leave such a helpful sign.

The best way to find any wood-destroying bugs living in your home is to hire a professional pest control company. They have the equipment and experience to find these insects inside your walls, and treatment plans that can fully eradicate them. If you suspect that you have wood eaters in your home, don't take any chances. Contact Moyer Indoor | Outdoor today!

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