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3 Insects That Can Destroy Wood

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When it comes to protecting your home, it's important to be on the lookout for pests that can destroy wood. Not only can the destruction of wood be an aesthetic concern, but it can destroy the structural integrity of the home, as well. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of a few insects that can destroy the wood of your home.

Wood Borers

This is not a specific insect, per se, but rather a group of insects that cause a specific type of wood damage. Wood borers are not quite as harmful as some of the other insects on this list, as the damage that they commit is generally only aesthetic. Still, cosmetic damage still can set you back a pretty penny when it comes to repair jobs. Among the common types of wood borers are wood wasps, metallic wood borers, long horned beetles, and bark beetles. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the tiny (the long horned beetle, for example) to the quite large and easily noticed (a wood wasp).


Perhaps the first type you think of when it comes to wood-destroying insects, termites can cause structural damage to your home. The issue that makes termites so damaging to wood in structures in your home is that they create a system of tunnels throughout wood structures through which to travel. Termites build their tunnels into the very center of the wood. This means that, while your wood may look cosmetically sound, with the prodding of an instrument or even a slight knock of the fist, your wood could crumble. Termites love to infest your home in areas that are moist and not prone to light, so check areas close to your foundation and in your basement. If you find that you have a termite infestation, contact a company like Xtermco Inc to take care of the problem right away.

Powderpost Beetles

These small insects are a nuisance because they are sometimes hard to notice until there has been significant cosmetic and structural damage inflicted on the wood in your home. These insects lay their larvae on wood structures, and when the larvae hatch, they feast on the outer layer of the wood and they also burrow into the structure.

Discovering that you have an issue with wood-destroying insects can be frustrating and sometimes costly. Hopefully this brief guide has given you an idea of some of the insects for which you should be on the lookout.