Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests. The western black carpenter ant colony, when mature, contains about 10-20,000 workers, with large colonies of more than 50,000 individuals. There is usually only one functional, wingless queen per colony. Swarmers are not produced until the colony is more than two years old. They are produced in the previous year and held over the winter in the nest for release the following year. Swarmers appear from May until August in the eastern United States and from February through June in the west. Call to schedule an appointment for Budget Termite Inc to come out and give you the best options in the business to get to the bottom of your Carpenter Ant infestation.
Most people think termites are the only insects/bugs that destroy wood. That’s not accurate, there are actually many other insect/bug species that destroy wood and can cause structural damage to your home. Here are a few examples.
Carpenter bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood. Carpenter bees do not eat wood but cause damage to structures by drilling circular holes to create tunnels inside wood. Unlike other common bees, such as honeybees and bumble bees that live in colonies, carpenter bees are not social insects and build individual nests into trees outdoors or into the frames, eaves or sides of buildings. Call to schedule an appointment for Budget Termite Inc to come out and give you the best options in the business to get to the bottom of your Carpenter Bee infestation.
Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are reddish-brown in color. Adult Powderpost beetles are very active at night, enjoy flying and are attracted to the light. Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, and can be found in hardwood floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood materials. Some researchers believe that Powderpost beetles are second only to termites in the United States in their destructiveness to wood and wood products. Call to schedule an appointment for Budget Termite Inc to come out and give you the best options in the business to get to the bottom of your Powderpost Beetles infestation.
A wood-Destroying Fungus is any species of fungus that digests moist wood, causing it to rot. Some species of wood-decay fungi attack dead wood, such as brown rot. Excessive moisture above the fibre saturation point in wood is required for fungal colonization and proliferation. Fungi that not only grow on wood but permeate its fibrous structure and actually cause decay, are called lignicolous fungi. In nature, this process causes the breakdown of complex molecules and leads to the return of nutrients to the soil. Various lignicolous fungi consume wood in various ways; for example, some attack the carbohydrates in wood and some others decay lignin. The rate of decay of wooden materials in various climates. Wood-decay fungi can be classified according to the type of decay that they cause. The best-known types are brown rot, soft rot, and white rot. Each produce different enzymes, can degrade different plant materials, and can colonize different environmental niches. The main thing to prevent Wood Destroying Fungus is excessive moisture. Examples of excessive moisture is leaking pipes, roof leaks, exterior moisture gaining excess to your structure by faulty grade, cracked siding, inaccurate sealing, etc. Call to schedule an appointment for Budget Termite Inc to come out and give you the best options in the business to get to the bottom of your Fungus infection.