Why You Need To Be Aware Of Wood Damaging Pests In Your Crawl Space

Why You Need To Be Aware Of Wood Damaging Pests In Your Crawl Space

Written by J Brocas

May 10, 2022

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Asheville, NC, due to its warm climate, is a perfect spot for all kinds of pests. From rodents to termites to spiders, Asheville residents are targeted throughout the year. Wood damaging pests are up there as one of the most dangerous pests your home can ever encounter. Wood is arguably the most important component used to build houses, not just in North Carolina but in the entire United States of America. Therefore, it's a given that U.S. Homeowners would have to launch a counter-initiative against wood damaging pests at some point.

As the name suggests, wood-destroying pests can destroy your wooden floors and walls. Their presence is mostly associated with dampness. These pests can destroy wood by creating tunnels and feeding on it. Therefore, it is very important to understand the basic anatomy of wood-destroying pests so that you can deal with them appropriately.

If you have a crawl space, it's probably already a home for a variety of pests. But when you have problems with insects and rodents, it can be difficult to figure out what's causing them.

Types of Wood Damaging Pests

wood damaging pests

There are different types of pests that can damage your wooden structures. All of them can be harmful to your house and need to be taken care of in a timely manner.

Termites

Dry Wood Termites, Damp wood Termites, and Subterranean Termites. Dry Wood Termites are known for damaging both soft and hardwood, while damp wood termites feast on decaying wood.

Subterranean Termites are an anomaly in that they can damage both kinds of wood. These termites are present in abundance in Asheville, North Carolina, so houses here are particularly vulnerable to them. This is why you must treat your home for termites and have the termite renewal done each year to ensure you are clear.

Old-House Borer

wood damaging pests - old house borers

These creepy crawlers tunnel through wood and eat anything that comes in their way leaving behind a material called "frass". Old-House borers only feed on pine, spruce, and a variety of coniferous woods. As these types of wood are pre-dominant in the majority of the homes in the USA, the old-house borer can turn out to be a nuisance for homeowners.

Powderpost Beetles

Although this type of pest is commonly found in Australia, there is still a large contingent of their species wreaking havoc in Asheville NC. Arguably the second-most wood-damaging pest after termites, powderpost beetles don't just invade and eat through the wood – they also lay eggs giving birth to larvae which further feed on the wood to make it weak and can slowly tunnel their way into the main parts of the house.

Carpenter Ants

wood damaging pests - carpenter ants

These Ants – Carpenter ants, are probably one of the most damaging and often missed insects that cause wood damage in your home.

Carpenter ants are usually found in hollow trees, landscaping timbers, logs, posts, and wood used in homes and other structures.

They're called carpenter ants because they use their powerful jaws to chew through wood and make their nests in it.

This wood is then used as a food source for the colony. Carpenter ants do not have any other food sources other than wood so if you find them in your home they are almost certainly looking for wood to use as their food source. The best way to get rid of carpenter ants is to remove the rotten wood from your home and seal it off. If the ants find a way back into your home, they will return and create more damage.

Prevention alongside your Pest Program

Termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants are all wood – destroying insects that can cost you a great deal if ignored. It's easy to forget about prevention when you're dealing with pests. Don't forget that simple prevention methods exist. We can help you to prevent problems with wood-destroying organisms in Asheville and surrounding areas. Here’s a few tips to help you protect your home.

  1. By repairing or replacing water damaged areas of your home, such as your roof or crawl space, you can reduce water levels in and around your property.
  2. Check out the wood for damage caused by the powder post beetle.
  3. If you have wood floors in your house, remove the debris from your lawn and garden. Remove any soil-to-wood contact.
  4. If you have water-damaged wood that you want to remove, avoid using old barn wood in your home. You can replace the damaged wood with other types of wood.
  5. Paint your bare wood, and stain it wherever it shows or around the property.
  6. Wood used in your home or business should be kiln dried to kill wood-destroying insects.
  7. Keep the wood inside your home dry by maintaining heating and ventilation systems and using dehumidifiers.
  8. Keep bugs out of your home by sealing any cracks, holes, or gaps in your foundation and walls.

At the first sign of any wood damage by insects. Call APEX Pest Control or schedule online apexpestcontrolwnc.com

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