Wood-destroying insects are a problem across the country, but in Florida, where the warm weather allows insects to thrive all year, they can be a more difficult challenge for homeowners. Termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-destroying insects cause structural issues and extensive damage to a home or business if not dealt with properly. Here are five types of wood-destroying insects to keep away from your home.

Common Wood-Destroying Insects: Termites

Termites are probably the most common example of a wood-destroying insect. Hundreds of species live in colonies that can cause extensive damage if left unchecked. In Florida, subterranean termites are particularly prevalent, as the warm weather provides ideal conditions for them to thrive year-round.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are another wood-destroying insect that can be a significant problem for homeowners. These ants are attracted to damp wood and will burrow through it, leaving behind hollowed-out galleries where they nest and reproduce. Signs of carpenter ant activity include sawdust or faint rustling noises coming from the wooden areas of your home.

Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost beetles are small insects that feed on hardwood. They lay their eggs in cracks and crevices of the wood, which then hatch into larvae that bore into the wood to feed. As they feed, the larvae leave behind a fine, powdery dust, thus the name powderpost beetle. Homeowners may notice the dust or small, round holes in wood. Infestations can be difficult to detect until extensive damage has already been done.

Wood-Boring Weevils

Wood-boring weevils can be a major problem for Florida homeowners, as the warm climate provides the right conditions for these insects. These beetles feed on wood, leaving behind large holes and sawdust piles, which are noticeable signs of an infestation. Wood-boring weevils look like small, black, or brown beetles; their larvae are tiny white grubs.

Flying Wood-Destroying Insects: Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees but are larger and have a shiny black abdomen. They bore into wood to create tunnels in which they lay their eggs. These tunnels weaken the structure of beams, fencing, and other wooden components, making them susceptible to further damage. Carpenter bees won’t nest in painted or stained wood, so they are relatively easy to prevent.

Wood-destroying insects can cause serious damage to your property if they aren’t managed, so it’s important to be aware of the common pests in your area. If you think your home is at risk, call a professional pest control company to inspect for and treat infestations.

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