Did you know that wood-destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wooden structural components of a house, and may go undetected for a long period of time?
TYPE, WHERE, AND CLIMATE?
Termites, both subterranean termites and drywood termites, carpenter ants and certain powder post beetles are the primary insects that can destroy wood. The potential for damage from any of these pests varies by region and climate with more damage in warm, wet climates and generally less in cool, dry climates.
Damage potential in a particular region varies by insect pest group as well. Termites, for example, tend to be of more concern in warm climates whereas carpenter ants tend to be more important in cooler climates. Damage in structural softwoods, such as posts and beams, from wood-boring powder post beetles occurs mostly in damp/coastal climates. Powder post beetles can damage hardwoods, like flooring and furniture, in any climate.
SUSPECT THAT YOUR HOUSE MAY HAVE WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS?
Call a Professional!
WHEN YOU CALL PROFESSIONAL EXTERMINATORS, BE SURE THAT YOU:
- Get at least three different quotes from competing firms.
- Look at the service record of the firm from the Structural Pest Control Board before you decide on employing them.
- Get a written agreement from the firm you are using insisting on complete termite extinction for two years. This may require the firm to come back periodically, check for new infestations, and clear them away — at no cost to you.