Wood-Destroying Insects

What are wood-destroying insects?

Carpenter ants and carpenter bees are two examples of wood-destroying insects that are commonly found in Southern Nevada. These wood-destroying insects feed on or nest inside wooden structures, which can lead to extensive structural damage over time. These insects are a threat to home and business owners all across the country and generate billions of dollars in repair costs each year!

Carpenter Ants

carpenter ants inside ant nest

Carpenter ants are one of the largest species of household-invading ants in the United States. These ants are black, red, orange, yellow, or a combination of colors. The worker ants in the colony have large, powerful mandibles they use to chew through wood and create tunnels and nesting galleries.

Carpenter Bees

carpenter bee boring into wood

Carpenter bees are a large species of bee, ranging in size from ½ to 1 ½ inch in length. These wood-destroying bees are mostly black with shiny black abdomens; the males may have a white or yellow face.

Are wood-destroying insects dangerous?

Though not considered dangerous in the traditional sense, both carpenter ants and carpenter bees are a threat due to the costly structural damage they can cause.

Female carpenter bees damage wooden structures by boring holes into the wood, tunneling through it, and creating nesting galleries inside. However, the most damage from a carpenter bee infestation is due to woodpeckers. Woodpeckers feed on carpenter bee larvae and relentlessly peck around the edge of a nest opening, causing more damage to the piece of wood the bees are nesting in. Also, you should always take care around carpenter bees because unlike the males, female carpenter bees have stingers and, although very docile, will sting to defend themselves or their nest.

Carpenter ants are moisture-seeking pests and are attracted to moist, water-damaged wood. Carpenter ants typically first enter a home while out foraging for food sources. Like carpenter bees, carpenter ants don’t actually feed on the wood; instead, they only tunnel through the wood to nest inside. Once they have invaded your home, these wood-destroying ants will build satellite nests near their food sources. Over time, their network of tunnels and nesting sites can lead to structural damage that is costly and time-consuming to repair.

Why do I have a wood-destroying insect problem?

Both carpenter ants and carpenter bees may become a problem on your property if they find easy access to food, water, and nesting sites. Properties with a lot of flowering vegetation are attractive to carpenter bees because they feed on pollen and nectar. 

Carpenter ants feed primarily on aphids, scales, proteins, and sugars. Things like gardens, trash cans, and fallen trees can all attract carpenter ants to your property. Once they find a food source in your yard, carpenter ants will eventually make their way into your home in search of more food.

Where will I find wood-destroying insects?

Where wood-destroying insects choose to build their nests depends on their exact species. For instance, female carpenter bees like to nest inside older or untreated bare wood and their nests are commonly found in fences, decks, wooden play structures, wooden outdoor furniture, in wood shingles or trim, or along roof eaves. 

On the other hand, carpenter ants are attracted to water-damaged or decaying wood and nest in dead trees and stumps, rotting fence posts, old piles of wood, and under rocks. Inside, they usually nest in hard-to-reach areas like behind wall voids, in crawl spaces, behind window and door frames, and in the structural wood around pipes.

How do I get rid of wood-destroying insects?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that wood-destroying insects and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with on your own. Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests found living throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and their properties from them. We offer professional pest control services you can trust to eliminate wood-destroying insects from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning. 

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, contact Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent wood-destroying insects in the future?

Keep wood-destroying insects out of your home or business with these helpful prevention tips:

  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and wooden debris from your yard.

  • Inspect your home’s exterior, sealing any cracks, crevices, gaps, or other openings that wood-destroying insects could use to get inside.

  • Keep garbage cans and compost bins stored a distance away from the outside of your house and place tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Prevent water from seeping into your home by installing weatherstripping around windows and doors and maintaining your gutters.

  • Place metal flashing on the end of deck boards.

  • Varnish, stain, or paint your home or any wooden structures on your property to make the wood less appealing to wood-destroying insects.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted around the foundation of your home.

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