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Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are the most destructive and frequently encountered kind of termite found throughout the state. Although they nest in soil, subterranean termites can attack structures by building tubes that connect their nest to wood in structures. Aerial nests can occur without a ground connection if all castes of the colony are present and moisture is available.
Drywood Termites
Drywood termites, like all termites live in colonies and cooperatively care for young. External signs of damage are elusive with drywood termites. Often, the only obvious signs of infestation are little mounds of fecal pellets building up underneath the infested wood or the appearance of “kick-out” holes in the surface of the wood. These holes are usually very difficult to see because they are very small (about 1 mm) and seldom open.Homeowners frequently mistake frass piles for sawdust.
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Anobiid Beetles
Anobiid powderpost beetles are usually about 1/16 to 1/4 inch long, reddish brown or grayish brown to dark brown. The body is cylindrical, elongated and covered with fine hair.Infestations of Anobiid powderpost beetles are found in structural timbers made of softwood, such as beams, sills, joists, studs, subflooring, and plywood.Under favorable conditions, the infestation then spreads into walls and other areas of the structure. Infestations develop slowly but wood can be reinfested year after year.
Bostrictidae Beetles
Bostrichid powderpost beetles are 1/8 to 3/4 inch long, reddish brown to black in color. Their bodies are elongated and cylindrical with a roughened thorax.Bostrichids infest seasoned softwood and hardwood; especially unfinished floors, window sills, furniture, etc. Bamboo items are especially susceptible to attack by some species of Bostrichid beetles.
Lyctidae Beetles
Lyctid powderpost beetles are about 1/4 inch long, brown in color, body elongated and slightly flattened, prominent head not covered by pronotum, and antennae with a 2-segmented terminal club. Lyctids infest the sapwoods of hardwoods; mainly ash, hickory, oak, maple, and mahogany. Consequently, most infestations are found in wood paneling, molding, window and door frames, hardwood floors, and furniture. Imported tropical hardwoods are especially infested with Lyctids because of poor storage and drying practices prior to shipment to the U.S. Lyctids rarely infest wood older than 5 years. Therefore, infestations are usually in new homes or newly manufactured articles. Infestation usually results from wood that contained eggs or larvae at the time of purchase.
Old House Bore Beetles
The adult beetle is grayish-black, 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length with several white markings on the wing covers and long antennae. They bore through the wood making irregular galleries. During quiet times, their feeding may be heard as a clicking or rasping sound. The beetles emerge through an oval hole about 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter.Usually, homeowners see the damage rather than the beetles. The larval damage occurs entirely below the surface of the wood where larvae eat tunnels. However, their frass occupies more space than the volume of wood that is consumed. Therefore, they fill the tunnels in the wood completely causing a blistering or rippled effect. The frass is a fine, powder-like dust that is found loosely packed in tunnels and in small piles outside of the hole.
Bumble Bees
Bumblebees are yellow and black. They may be 1/2 inch to 3/4’s of an inch long. Their bodyappears to be hairy when observed closely. Carpenter bees differ in that their abdomen is metallic looking; shiny and smooth. Bumblebees can sting.Their stinger delivers potent poison which is sure to irritate most people and may cause severe allergic reactions including swelling, cramping, respiratory congestion, nausea and temporary blindness.
Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are 3/4 to 1 inch long and closely resemble bumble bees except that their abdomen is a shiny metallic greenish-black; whereas, the abdomen of bumble bees is very hairy. These insects sometimes build their nests in solid wood such as weather boarding, railings, supports, and trim of buildings. Their nests are in the form of tunnels 3 to 6 inches deep in the wood. The entrance hole is about 1/2 inch in diameter. The holes are very clean and appear as though they were made by a drill. Damage to wood is seldom extensive.