Termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and beetles
There are a myriad of wood-destroying insects out there. We know what to look for.
Termites are by far the most commonly found wood-destroying insects found in the central Texas region. One doesn't have to have a termite infestation to appreciate how destructive they can be. Left unchecked, they can turn an unsuspecting person's home into sawdust in no time. Unsuspecting because termites can chew through the soft wood up to the layer of paint, leaving it intact and untouched. Considering that all a termite needs is 1/32" to squeeze up through a foundation, they often aren't even noticed before the damage is done.
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Carpenter ants don't actually eat wood but they can certainly destory it. They can carve galleries through the soft pine studs and siding of you home to take up residence in the walls and flooring. This may be evidenced by the occasional ant seen crawling around inside or a pile of detrius building near an outside wall. Carpenter ants are easier to spot than termites and generally more confined to one location, but can still do quite a bit of damage.
Carpenter bees you may have seen flying around the back porch in the summer time. They are similar in appearance to bumblebees but like to drill through joists and beams to nest. Of course this weakens the beams' structural integrity which can result in failure if left unchecked.
The beetles can infest a brand new home via contaminated lumber unknowingly used for framing or old furniture that an unsuspecting owner just bought from the antique shop. While wood-destroying beetles are not as ubiquitous in central Texas as termites, they can still cause a fair amount of damage. Luckily this is one of the lesser threats to a home in this area, but they are still found.
A house is a huge investment in money, time, and emotion. Let us take a look at yours and we will help give you the information you need to move forward.