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Wood-Destroying Insects

What are wood-destroying insects?

Wood-destroying insects cause damage to wood, building materials, and furniture. They have the potential to harm moisture-damaged, decaying, or sound wood (new or old). If wood-destroying insects are not completely eliminated in a timely manner, their damage can lead to significant and costly structural problems. Examples of wood-destroying insects include carpenter ants, carpenter bees, termites, wood-boring beetles, and powder post beetles.

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Are wood-destroying insects dangerous?

Wood-destroying insects are dangerous, but not because they bite, sting, or create health concerns for people. They are a danger due to the extensive and expensive structural damage that they can cause inside homes and to objects created out of wood by tunneling through, feeding on, or nesting inside it. In addition, their damage typically occurs over a long period of time. It can be weeks, months, or even years, before their presence is discovered. By this time extensive damage has usually already been done.

Why do I have a wood-destroying insect problem?

Wood-destroying insects can enter homes on their own through small cracks and crevices in a home’s foundation, or through spaces found around exterior walls, windows, and doors while foraging for sources of food and shelter. They can also accidentally be introduced to homes in timbers, wooden furniture, barn wood, antique wood items, or in other wooden objects that are infested with their eggs or larvae.

Where will I find wood-destroying insects?

Outside, wood-destroying insects are found in a multitude of places, including wooden structures, fence rails, fallen trees, tree stumps, in wood piles, and underneath mulch. After making their way into homes and other buildings, they infest structural wood, hardwood floors, barn wood, wooden furniture, window sills, and wooden trim. They can also become problematic inside log houses.

How do I get rid of wood-destroying insects?

The easiest way to control and prevent wood-destroying insect infestations is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dedicated technicians provide the year-round services needed to rid your home and property of wood-destroying insects.
Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove wood-destroying insects and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about eliminating wood-destroying insects from your Pryor, Oklahoma home, reach out to Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.

How can I prevent wood-destroying insects in the future?

The best way to stop problems with wood-destroying insects and other household-invading pests is to seek professional pest control from Mid America Pest Control. We offer a variety of different services, including termite control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with wood-destroying insects:

  • Eliminate as many entrance points as possible.

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls, and spaces found around utilities (pipes, wire, and ducts).

  • Caulk any gaps found around windows, doors, and air conditioners.

  • Remove water sources by repairing leaky pipes, fixtures, faucets, and by ensuring that downspouts are directing water away from the outside of your home.

  • Remove structural wood from your home that has been damaged by water.

  • Make sure that the wood you are purchasing has been properly stored and dried.

  • Paint or stain bare wood in your home or on your property.

  • Limit the use of old barn wood inside your home.

  • Inspect wooden antiques before bringing them inside your home.


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