Wood Destroying Insects: Facts, Identification & Control

How to Identify Wood Destroying Insects

Wood destroying insects are a matter of great concern for homeowners and property owners because they can eat up the entire building. Most common wood destroying insects in North America include termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder post beetles, silverfish, stink bugs, deer ticks and even mice. Of all these, termites are the most destructive because they actually eat wood unlike other insects that only nest inside the wood. Termites also called ‘white ants’ because they are ant-like in form. Termites like in colonies and are often difficult to detect until they have done a serious damage to a property. Carpenter ants are the largest of all ants; they live in damp locations. They damage wood by hollowing it from inside. Powder post beetles mostly attack sapwood and turn wood to dust. Besides being carriers of many diseases, mice also eat insulation wires.

Wood Destroying Insects: Eating and Feeding Habits

Most wood destroying insects nest in damp places. Termites live in logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles. Termites and beetles eat wood unlike other wood destroying insects that eat protein and sugar. Carpenter ants travel inside your house to look for food. They also eat termites, beetles, other insects and their own dead. They nest in wood and make tunnels inside it.


Wood destroying insects can eat up your whole house without you even knowing it, causing you huge losses. Most of the times, acute damage is already done until one is aware of the presence of any wood destroying insects. Some insects are also carriers of diseases and can be harmful to have in homes, especially for children.

Dead Termite Workers from treatment

How to Prevent Wood Destroying Insects in Home

If you find any sign of wood destroying insects in your home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best wood destroying insects’ elimination treatment and the best wood destroying infestation reports (WDIRs). Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most-advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
There is no insurance for the damage done by wood destroying insects. So, before it’s too late, schedule a WDIR with Crown Pest and breathe easy!

Types of Wood Destroying Insects Found in Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area (NC)
Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Wood Destroying Insects
  • Keep stored wood and mulch away from the structure.
  • Reduce moisture in crawl spaces and repair any leaks in your foundation.
  • Replace wood that has contact with soil with treated materials.
  • Remove any vegetation, mulch or soil that has contact with wood surfaces.
  • Tap wood to check the presence of wood destroying insects; wood makes hollow sound if infested.
  • Check if you have powder sawdust anywhere near wooden materials; a common sign of insect infestation
  • Get your home inspected at the earliest from Crown Pest Control.
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Crown Pest Control is a reputable pest control company and we provide pest treatment services in Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area, NC, i.e. Matthews, Mount Holly, Indian Trail, Monroe, Waxhaw, Concord, Harrisburg, Huntersville, Fort Mill (SC), Indian Land (SC), Tega Cay (SC), Pineville (SC), Mineral Springs, Mint Hill, Stallings, Dilworth, Ballantyne, Cornelius, Davidson in North Carolina.