This is an area that is so important to have done when you get your home inspected. There is nobody that is getting into tough areas of the home that are not commonly traveled than your home inspector. This is where the insects will reside most of the time. So trusting in your inspector to understand what the habitat is of these different pest dwellers is important. Let’s take a look at some of them and what we look for:
Subterranean Termite (Genus Reticulitermes):
Termites have been around for over 250 million years. They are social insects and live in colonies which may be located in the ground or in wood, depending on the species.
They attack and damage thousands of structures each year. They are worldwide with about 2200 described species, with about 40 here in the States.
Carpenter Ant ( Camponotus )
Carpenter Ants are native species and the common species in the East. They get there name form their habit of hollowing out galleries in pieces of wood for nesting purposes. This nesting can result in structural damage.
They typically enter buildings around door and window frames, eaves, plumbing and utility lines, and shrub and tree branches in contact with the building.
They primarily feed on insect honeydew, plant and fruit juices, insects and other arthropods. They will also feed on sweets, eggs, meats, cakes, and grease.
Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
They get their name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. They are worldwide with about 7 species in the States.
Carpenter Bees are not social insects and do not live in nests or colonies. Females will nest in a wide range of woods, but prefer weathered and unpainted wood.
Powder Post beetle (various names)
Common names include Anobiids, Lyctids, and Bostrichids,. with about 310 species in the States. The most common of these are the Anobiids
They attack mostly the sapwood of softwoods and hardwoods, structural timbers, lumber, and manufactured products. Higher moisture content is desirable for beetle development. Some adults are attracted to light and may be found at windows, etc.
All of the above insects are more likely to enter a home that has humid or damp conditions. This may not be noticeable to the average person. This is why you hire a professional so that we help determine if they are present or if there are conducive conditions for them to enter. We understand all aspects of building sciences which allows us to do a better job in these disciplines than many other trades people.