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3 Wood-Destroying Insects to Look Out for

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When it comes to insect infestations, few things are worse than having to deal with insects that can destroy wood that is present in your home and on your property. It's important to be able to identify these types of insect infestations and to be able to rid yourself of them before they get too out of hand. Read on and discover just what types of insects can pose a problem to wooden structures in your home.

Powderpost Beetles

These tiny insects pack a much larger threat than they appear to. Although only about an inch in length, these beetles can destroy the veneer of wood in no time flat. They do so by laying their eggs just below the surface of the wood. When the eggs hatch, they will feast upon the wood and destroy the very top layer. Although they mainly will do aesthetic damage to your wood, sometimes they will dig deeper and begin to eat the innards of the wood structure, which can cause structural or integral damage. Spotting these insects can be a little difficult. They are very tiny, but you should be able to easily see the holes they leave behind in the wood that they use for incubation.


Termites are perhaps the most common and dreaded of all wood-boring insects. The reason why termites are so dreaded is that they can commit extensive structural or integral damage to your wood. Detecting the presence of termites can also be difficult. Although they can cause extensive damage to wood structures by boring through the very innards of the wood, creating tunnels and weakening the strength of the wood structures, they cause very little cosmetic damage. If you notice that once-strong wood is becoming increasingly brittle or may even break at a touch, then chances are you have a termite infestation and will need help with termite elimination.

Wood Borers

Wood borers actually refer to a variety of types of insect and not just one specific kind. Wood borers do not tend to do more than cosmetic damage to your wood, so you won't have to worry about extensive repairs, but cosmetic damage can still be a bit costly and time consuming to repair. Common types of wood borers include metallic wood borers, wood asps, bark beetles, and long-horned wood beetles. All of these insects look quite distinct from one another, too. The one commonality that binds them is that they can cause extensive damage to the veneer of your wood structures.