Don't buy a home without a inspection
from a licensed Pest Management Professional.
Get a Wood Destroying
Insect (WDI) Inspection!
The best way to know if wood destroying insects are present is
to have a state certified professional inspect for them. A WDI inspection
is required by your mortgage lender. We provide a thorough WDI inspection,
which is approved for use with FHA and VA loans, and is reported
on the required NPCA-1 form. Call a professional at Insecta X Termite
& Pest Control Management LLC.
Termites, powder post beetles, carpenter bees and ants are the
focus here. Termites and beetles are the primary concern because
they are much more destructive. Did you know there are 2200 termite
species worldwide and 45 of those are in the United States? Subterranean
termites come from the soil to eat and digest cellulose (wood containing
matter). They thrive where cellulose and high moisture exist, therefore
it is essential that moisture drains away from your dwelling and
wood products are up and away from the finish grade. Termites can
have colonies of over 1,000,000 and can eat one pound of wood per
day. Termites appear similar to winged ants except they have non-segmented
bodies, four wings of equal length and straight antennas (not elbowed
like ants). Powder Post Beetles enter a home already embedded inside
wood members (usually large timbers in older homes). They too can
be devastating to your homes structural integrity. They kick out
their frass (sawdust like powder) from small 1\16 inch holes they
create in the wood.
- Cause serious damage to structures often long before they are
discovered – more than $1.5 billion in property damage a
year to over 600,000 homes in the U.S.
- Feed on books, papers or anything containing cellulose.
- Favor warmer climates and actively avoid light.
- Live in underground colonies – some containing over two
- In a larger nest, a queen and king may live for 15 years, with
the queen laying up to one egg every 15 seconds for most of her
Powder Post Beetles
- There are several hundred species of these, but fewer than
20 are widespread.
- Are small, between one-tenth and one-third inch in length and
usually are reddish brown in color.
- Can emerge from wood used in construction from one to 10 years
after a structure has been built.
- Usually emerge in the spring.
- Are most likely to be found in softwoods (pine, spruce, fir)
or certain hardwoods (oak, maple) frequently used for construction,
including wood used in log homes, conventional homes and furniture.
- Are attracted to lights or to windows.
- Live between one and two years.
- Burrow small, one-eighth inch round holes in wood, and larvae
create channels where they have chewed their way through. There
is usually a fine sawdust-like powder streaming from exit holes.
- Size ranges from one-fourth inch for a worker ant to up to three-fourths
inch for a queen in the most common species.
- May range from red to black in color.
- Build nests in deteriorating, moist wood; often the colony will
extend its nest into adjacent, sound wood.
- Are commonly found in porch pillars and roofs, window sills,
telephone poles, live and dead trees, rotting logs and stumps
and wood in contact with soil.
- Do not actually eat the wood removed during nest-building activities;
rather, deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles
- Resemble bumblebees, but the top of the carpenter bee’s
abdomen is hairless, often shiny, black, and has no yellow stripe.
- Are about one inch in length.
- Bore into dried, seasoned and untreated wood surfaces, preferring
softwoods such as cedar, redwood, cypress, pine and fir.
- Males are noted for aggressive behavior and a white spot on
their face. They are harmless, however, and do not possess stingers;
females have stingers but are generally docile.
- Nest in nail holes, exposed saw cuts and unpainted wood.
- Leave sawdust piles near perfectly round tunnels in wood; often
these sawdust piles are accompanied by defecation stains.
- Usually emerge from the nest in spring.
- Are commonly found in porch and shed ceilings, railings, overhead
trim, wooden porch furniture, dead tree limbs, fence posts, wooden
shingles, wooden siding, window sills and wooden doors; prefer
wood that is at least two inches thick.