Identifying Wood Eating Insects
Choosing the best wood eating insect, treatment will always begin with properly identifying the kind of insects. In most cases, if the damaged wooden areas or furniture is already very conspicuous this would mean that these insects have made a well-established infestation. This is when you need to scale correctly the level of infestation made by these wood eating insects to aid you in choosing the best kind of treatment. When the infestation is worse than you expected, it is better to hire a professional rather than resorting to DIY insect treatment.
Termites are wood eating insects that usually dwell close to a wood pile. If you notice your house is being infested with these insects, you will see these insects swarming inside your house. The most common way to treat these insects is through the process of trench and treat. This is when an insecticide is being applied to a damaged structure as well as to the surrounding soil. The trench would usually be 6-inch deep and about 6 inches wide. However, it is highly recommended that termite treatment be done by a professional.
The untreated wood is the favorite dwelling place of a wood eating beetle. If you are not yet certain of how these insects look like, might as well visit the internet for some wood eating beetles pictures. If your house is infested with these insects, you will be able to see small tunnels that are full of powdered wood dust. If you notice an active infestation of these insects, you must apply the most suitable insecticide to the infested wood. It is also necessary that you employ the process of fumigation. If the damage is obvious, but you think that the infestation is not that active, you can just apply a varnish, oil, stain or paint onto the wood in order to prevent further damage of the wood. On the other hand, wood boring beetles will often attack wooden pallets, shipping carts, crates, household wooden items and firewood. In most cases, these wood boring insects can be treated using any borate product in order to stop the infestation caused by these insects. If some branches or limbs have been infested outdoors, it is better to burn the wood.
The following are some other ways to identify wood eating insects:
- Make sure to identify the kind of pellets or dusts that are being left behind by these insects. If you see no frass, dust or debris then it is possible that your wood is infested with carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are the kind of insects that leave behind clean tunnels which look sanded and very smooth.
- If you see some frass check if it is something that is finely-powdered. This will tell you that the infestation is caused by powder post beetles. These are the kind of beetles that infest hard wood. But, if you see that the frass is grittier then most likely the infestation is being done by false powder post beetles or deathwatch. Furthermore, if the debris looks like pellets then you will know that it is caused by termites.
- If you notice your wood having some tiny holes then the infestation is being done by wood boring beetles.
- Carefully poke the wooden holes with the tip of your ball pen. If you notice that the tip of the ball pen is the only thing that fits, the infestation is done by powder post beetles
It is best to have your home undergo wood insect inspection. This inspection must be done regularly every year or as often as possible. This is to ensure that the insects will be treated right away before they incur severe damage. Maintaining your wooden furnishings with paint, and other finishes will help prevent the invasion of wood eating insects. Make sure as well that your house is free from high levels of humidity or excessive moisture. Conduct regular monitoring of old tree stumps and other wood piles especially if these are placed near your house.
Other insects such as wood eating ants and Capricorn mac, may cause really serious damage not only to your household items, wooden frames and furniture. Depending on the gravity of the damaged caused by an insect that eat wood, it is always better to call on professional exterminators so that proper treatment and control can be done. Resorting to DIY treatment does not guarantee much efficiency unlike those treatments performed by professionals who know better what kind of wood eating insects are infesting your house and what type of treatment is the best for these insects. But, should you insist on a DIY insect treatment, make sure to follow thoroughly every instruction stated on the label of the pesticide or insecticide to ensure correct application. Erroneous application of these pesticides could either harm you or cause damage to some uninfected areas of your house.