Wood Destroying Insects


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Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests.

Due to their wood-eating habits, many termite species can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials. Particles taken from soft plastics, plaster, rubber, and sealants such as silicone rubber and acrylics are often employed in construction.

Cultural practices such as trimming back tree limbs that over hang roofs, patching leaks in roofs, windows and plumbing, plus general cleanliness will help prevent infestations.
Perimeter treatments of grounds, foundations, and the treatment of wood piles also keep insects at bay.
Hint: Suspect these insects if you find holes in wood surfaces, sawdust or fine wood powder, structural weakness or tunneling in wood itself.
Complete control of carpenter ants and termites requires locating and treating the main nest area.