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Wood Destroying Insects (WDI)
Every homeowner's worst nightmare is an infestation of wood destroying insects in their home. They cause thousands of dollars in damage each year in the US and West Virginia is no exception. There are many different types of WDI's in West Virginia ranging from termites to carpenter bees. We have 10 years experience in the pest control industry and are trained and certified through the WV Department Of Agriculture in insect identification. Here you will find information on the four main types of re-infesting wood destroying insects most commonly found in homes throughout West Virginia.
Eastern Subterranean Termites are extremely common throughout the state of West Virginia. They live underground in expansive colonies and build "mud tubes" in houses which they travel through to conceal and protect their soft, fragile bodies. They feed on cellulose (wood) materials such as the floors in your home or a cardboard box left on the ground. The Worker termites are responsible for transferring the cellulose material back underground to feed the colony. The Soldiers exist to defend the colony against threats such as an invading ant colony. Usually within 3-5 years a new colony has grown to the size where it is ready to expand. Swarmers emerge in large numbers, generally in the spring, with the sole purpose of flying off to start a new colony.
Carpenter ant damage is often confused with termite damage however there are slight differences which set them apart that a trained eye can identify. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood as termites do, they only hollow it out to make room for their colony to live inside. These ants will also send out Swarmers to expand their colony and can be just as damaging as termites if left undetected in a house.
Known for their Invasive and intimidating "buzzing" around wooden decks and wood sided houses, Carpenter Bees are an extreme nuisance. They bore holes into wood to lay their eggs. These holes can be unsightly and very damaging over time as the bees often return to the same location year after year. Wood Peckers will sometimes knock out the holes to a much larger size in search of a meal.
Powder Post Beetles
Many homeowners are unaware of a Powder Post Beetle infestation in their house as these pests generally stay hidden in crawlspaces or unused basements. These little brown beetles leave small visible holes on the surface of the wood and, as time goes on, reduce the interior of the wood they are infesting to dust. They lay their eggs inside these exit holes, the eggs hatch, and the larvae will feed on the wood before changing into an adult. Adults then lay new eggs in their exit holes before they leave. This cycle usually continues year after year.