Wood Destroying Insects

Bongiorno Termite Control, Inc in Brentwood, CA has over 15 years experience in dealing with wood destroying insects. From inspection and treatment all the way to repair, we've got it covered. Call us at (925) 679-2847.
 

Subterranean Termites

In the US, subterranean termites are the most common termites found and cause more damage to the structure of homes than fires and storms combined. They nest in the soil, creating tunnels underground to reach a wood source that is in contact with the ground. When wood isn't touching the ground, they will create mud tunnels/tubes so that they can reach wood. Subterranean termites eat soft wood or wood that is damp or retained moisture then fill the wood with soil to help it retain moisture.
 
Holes from Wood Worms — Termite Control in Brentwood, CA

Powderpost Beetle Exit Holes

 

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites prefer wood with a low moisture content and can survive without coming into contact with soil. They build their nests and create colonies in wood and once they infest a home can disperse throughout all areas of the house. The most common signs of a drywood termite infestation are the fecal pellets that they leave behind--typically noticed in places like windowsills.
 

Woodworms and Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost beetles can cause damage to hardwoods in your home by laying their eggs in the pores of wood. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the wood, creating tunnels as they go. Once they are adults, they leave the wood, leaving behind a little tunnel. It can take up to 5 years for a powderpost beetle to reach adulthood.
 

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are another WDO insect that can damage any wood that they nest in, but typically are found in woods that have been softened as a result of moisture. Signs of an infestation are wood shavings on the ground or if you notice big, winged ants emerging from the ceiling or walls.
 
The best way to determine if you have a wood destroying insect infestation is to contact the professonals at Bongiorno Termite Control, Inc to inspect your home. Call us at (925) 679-2847.