Whether you start itching at the very thought of creepy crawlies or you are reasonably ambivalent about most types of insects, the one thing that should definitely concern you is the prospect of certain species invading your home and wreaking havoc, even when you can’t see them.
If you want to browse through a pest library to get some extra clues, you can read it at AtkinsInc.com, and here is a look at some of the top insects who you should be worried about, for the sake of your home at the very least.
If there was a most-wanted list issued for causing damage to property, termites would most certainly be classified as public enemy number one.
It is estimated that termites cause at least $5 billion of damage to properties throughout the U.S each and every year, and what is particularly terrible news about that scenario, is that many homeowners discover to their cost, that damage caused by termites is not routinely covered by your insurance.
An important point to bear in mind if you do happen to be invaded by termites, is that this is a pest that very often requires a professional approach in order to eradicate the problem. Your first problem is identify which type of termite has decided to take up unwelcome residence in your property and after that, it often requires the right tools and knowledge for the job, if you want to ensure that terrible termites don’t cost you a small fortune in repair bills.
One carpenter you don’t want to invite into your home
When you are told that carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood, you may well be lulled into a false sense of security where you think that these ants are just a nuisance rather than a destructive pest.
Unfortunately, whilst it is true that carpenter ants don’t eat the wood in your home, they will use their highly-efficient and muscular jaws to hollow out wood such as pine and fir lumber, in order to create a range of nest galleries for their breeding activities.
The fact that they don’t eat wood is almost irrelevant, as they can be just as destructive through their activities to create nesting sites. Many states do still label carpenter ants as wood destroyers for this reason, and if you do happen to spot some large winged ants in your home, there is every chance that they may well be carpenter ants, and it often means that they have already created a nest somewhere in the wooden structure of your home.
Watch for small holes in your wood
If you notice some very small holes appear in your hardwood trim, flooring or other similar surface, and the signs of some very fine sawdust powder too, you might be under attack from powderpost beetles.
A feature of infestation problems caused by powderpost beetles is that infestation is very often already present in the wood used during the construction of your property, so it may well be that you inherited a problem before you had any opportunity to do anything about it.
Powderpost beetles tend to pose a minimal threat to the actual structure of your property itself, if it is framed with softwood lumber. It will however aim to infest woods such as ash, hickory, oak and walnut, among others.
If you are unfortunate enough to be infested by powderpost beetles, it is often better to replace the infested wood, although you can arrange to get an insecticide applied, but that will have to be applied only after the affected wood has been stripped of any other finish.
Fire ants are a major pest in some areas of the country and they are bad news for a number or reasons, not least the fact that they are quite capable of causing damage to electrical circuits, transformer boxes and air conditioning systems.
Fire ants are bad news for your property and if left unchecked, they could cause some expensive damage, as well as causing you to suffer power outages amongst other issues.
The good news however, is that a pest control professional should be able to successfully eradicate the problem and create a system that allows you to reduce the prospect of a further infestation by breaking the colony cycle.
These are just a few of the many different insects that can wreak havoc on your home if allowed to continue on their path of destruction, so stay vigilant and get some professional help if you spot a potential issue.
Scarlett Doherty writes about home and garden design and maintenance. She is a keen DIY’er herself and likes to share her thoughts online.