Wood Boring Pests
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Wood-boring pests like termites damage countless homes and buildings throughout most of America. Contractors and homeowners need an effective response—and that starts with knowledge. You need answers to questions such as the following: Why does wood attract these pests? What do they do to a home or building? How do you prevent them from damaging your house or building? How do you get rid of them if they try to make your home or business their new home?
Wood-boring insects generally live in colonies of a couple hundred to several thousand members. Their life cycles can take years to complete, so while they may not cause damage right away, they can be quite destructive after years of infesting an area. A wood-boring insect includes anything from a termite to a wood-boring beetle. Between these two groups, the individual families of insects can take on several different characteristics. While they all look different, in the end, they all serve a similar function. In the ecological system of a forested area, these insects do an important job of devouring old, dead, and dying trees. For example, termites eat wood for its cellulose. Termites have bacteria within them that help to digest and derive nutrients from this tough material. Few creatures can do this. By consuming and removing these trees, they are allowing for new growth and helping the forest ecosystem continue to thrive.
In your home or place of business, however, all these insects do is cause damage and weaken the structure of the building. If they go unchecked for too long, the building can become unsound and possibly collapse. The insects can be the cause of property loss and damages as well as injuries. How do you know if you have an infestation? Infected wood often contains multiple tiny holes where the insects have borrowed. Depending on how long the wood has been infected, it may feel very light and brittle, breaking easily. As soon as you begin to see signs that point to a wood-boring insect infestation, you need to contact a pest control professional to remove the infestation.
Often a wood-boring insect infestation will be found in newly built buildings as the insects have hitched a ride on the wood being used for construction. Wood-boring insects prefer moist, dark areas where the wood is more likely to be soft and easy to break down. The most sought-after part of the building are crawl spaces and attics where air conditioning and other humidity control measures are often not used. The areas of the building that are humidity controlled don’t often see infestations as the wood is too dry and the insects are uninterested in it.
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Pest control is a time-consuming process that often involves you leaving the building that is affected. The insects must be incapacitated and then removed before the building can be restored. Pest control often includes the use of chemicals, traps, or devices that aren’t healthy for the people who use the building, so the structure must remain empty for a period of time after the pest control measures have been completed to ensure that the only creatures affected are the invading insects.
The best way to ensure pest control is to stop the pests from starting to invade your home or office building. While they may be hitching a ride on the wood used during the construction process, a pest prevention product will minimize the possibility that the larvae will grow into adults and start major problems for your building.
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