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3 Pests That Can Damage Your Home

Posted February 18, 2018 by Vicki Radford

Can you guess what 3 pests can damage your home? You need to take care of your home. You need to make sure that you keep it clean and tidy. You need to ensure that you air it out so that it does not get damp or grow any kind of mould. You also need to protect it from pests. Here are the 3 pests that can damage your home:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are a type of ant that rather than eating wood, remove it and hollow it out to nest in. This means that the timber and structure of your house will become hollow and more likely to break. This structural damage can cause your house to collapse. In order to avoid this, you want to keep an eye out for some telling signs that you are being infested with carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are generally black with small amounts of red. They eat other insects as well any organic materials such as sugars. If you start to see ants of this variety in your home, then you might have carpenter ants. It can be difficult to tell if you have an infestation because carpenter ants don’t leave any sawdust or debris when they are making their tunnels. However, they can cause massive damage, so if you think you have them, you should call a professional.

Termites

Termites can cause massive damage to your home. They can chew through the wood in your home and cause enormous structural damage. If you see flying termites near your house, then you should call a professional immediately. Termites cause around $1.5 billion in damage each year in Australia, so they are a big problem if you see them near your home. You can spot a termite because it can look similar to an ant, but they have straight antennae, equally sized wings and uniform abdomen. This should help you spot them apart from ants. Termites can cause damage quickly, so if you see them, you need to call for help immediately.

Powderpost Beetles

Another pest that you need to watch out for is the powderpost beetle. Powderpost beetles are damage your home by leaving their larvae, and when they hatch, they feed on your wood. You can tell that they are there due to the powdery waste that the larvae cause when they feed. This can look a lot like dust or flour and can fall out in piles. This should alert you to the fact that you have powderpost beetles. You might also be able to tell an infestation due to small, round holes created by the adult beetles leaving the wood. A powderpost beetle can have a lifecycle anywhere from three months to a year and while they generally prefer hardwood, then have been known to lay their eggs in softer wood as well. This means that if you suspect that you have powderpost beetles in your home, you need to call a professional as they can cause irreparable structural damage to your home.

 

That was the 3 pests that can damage your home. Have you had any of these in your home? Tell us what you did to get rid of them….

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