St. Louis Wood Destroying Pests And How To Prevent Them
The three most common types of wood destroying pests found in the St. Louis area include:
There are several different species found in the area, but the most common is the black carpenter ant. Carpenter ants do not eat wood they simply use the wood as an area to nest, breed and live in; and like other ant species they will forage throughout your home for their food source. This social species will start their nesting area in wood that has had previous water damage and then create more damage and structural weakness as they expand their tunnels and nesting areas.
Carpenter bees are a solitary species that look very similar to the bumble bee, but instead of having a hairy abdomen theirs is shiny. These bees choose unpainted, unstained wood in structures like decks, porches, roof lines, and sheds to create galleries as safe areas for their young. They will also use the empty galleries for areas to overwinter in. Most of the structural damage done to your home is not by the carpenter bees but by the woodpeckers that peck at the holes in order to feed on the larvae and eggs of the carpenter bees.
Termites are another type of wood destroying insect that can cause significant damage to your St. Louis home. Termites live and work in large social colonies, feeding on the cellulose of organic materials. Termites are especially drawn to wood that has had previous water damage. These insects are very small, travel underground and nest either underground or behind walls, and they do all their work from the inside of the wood. Because of these reasons it can take some time for homeowners to discover that they have a problem with termites in their home.
Wood destroying pests are very difficult to prevent and get rid of once they invade your property without help from a St. Louis pest control expert. Luckily, there are some things you can do around your property to help prevent termites from choosing it.
- Make sure that your home’s gutters are working properly to move moisture away from the foundation of your home. Fix low lying areas where water builds up. Wood destroying pests are often drawn to areas of moisture.
- Seal cracks and crevices that are in your home’s foundation.
- Remove piles of organic debris like leaves, fallen trees and branches.
- Replace any structural wood that has had water damage to it.
- Paint, seal or stain wood found on porches, swing sets, decks, and sheds.
If you would like to know if you have carpenter ants vs. termites in your home, or would like some professional help to prevent a problem this spring, the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help! We have pest control services that have been specifically created to treat, prevent and control each of these pests. Don’t be caught off guard! Call us for help with wood destroying pests today.