wood destroying organisms

Powderpost beetles and home renovations,Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are considering renovating your home, you are probably aware of the increasingly popular trend of using “reclaimed wood” materials in renovation. Oftentimes, pieces of wood from old sheds, barns, or other aged structures are taken and used in new projects or artistic endeavors. While this is a good use of resources, it can also be a major pest risk if not handled properly.

Because it is often untreated, reclaimed wood can sometimes contain wood boring pests that are difficult to detect.

One of the most destructive of these pests, the powderpost beetle, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Powderpost beetles are a group of small, wood destroying beetles that are notorious for infesting and destroying deciduous trees.

They mate inside of dead hardwoods and thus can often be found in the wild inside dead branches or trunks of trees. They are relatively small, growing to a little under 1/4 inch in length, and are usually brown in coloration.

Powderpost beetles can cause problems for homeowners in a variety of different ways.

For one, they can infest secluded portions of the home such as crawlspaces or basements. Because of their preference for wood with higher moisture content, they are often attracted to more humid environments. Once inside these spaces, they can infest various parts of the structure such as framing and trim.

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs under the surface of wood, and these will hatch into small, white colored larvae. These larvae will survive the winter inside the wood, boring tunnels throughout as they develop. Finally, in the spring, the now fully grown adults will work their way to the surface and spread to new locations.

This will often leave behind a characteristic sign of their activity in the form of small, rounded holes in the wood that are around 1/8 inch wide. This is usually accompanied by a small pile of very fine, powdery sawdust and should be fairly easy to spot, especially in more extensive infestations.

While the powderpost beetle is relatively straightforward to treat in crawlspaces and basements, it can become much more difficult when the beetles gain access to the living areas of the home.

Powderpost beetles can reduce almost any type of hardwood to kindling if given the chance, and they will infest items such as antique furniture, walls, or even picture frames. Beyond this, it becomes much easier for the beetles to hide when they move into a living area, and the treatment options for such cases are more limited. For this reason, it is critical to avoid bringing powderpost beetles into your home.

If you plan to use reclaimed materials in your home, make sure to have those inspected by a licensed professional. Infested wood will often have lots of small holes, and you might be able to see collections of sawdust around wherever the wood has been laying. If you spot any of those signs, you may want to think twice before bringing that wood or furniture into your home.

It also is becoming normal practice for builders to have newly constructed frames of houses coated in some form of borate treatment. This type of treatment will make the wood resistant to most wood destroying organisms and has been shown to be extremely effective for dealing with these pests. While this type of treatment typically must be applied to the frame during construction, it can also be done during any type of major home renovation.

Beyond this, homeowners should also consider having regular inspections performed by a licensed pest control service. This can help to identify any type of pest activity in your home, and in many cases early detection can make a great difference in the difficulty and expense of treatment.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have served for decades as a leading provider of pest control for the greater Panama City area. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to safely and effectively deal with any pest problem that you might encounter. In fact, we are so confident that we can deal with your pest problems, we offer a 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE on all of our services!

So if you are dealing with pest problems of any kind, DON’T WAIT! Call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

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Wood decay fungi growth, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Here in Panama city, homeowners have been increasingly encountering problems with wood decaying fungi growth. Homeowners are often shocked to find destructive fungi in their otherwise clean and well kept home.

If you have found wood decaying fungi in your home, or are concerned about the possibility, you might be thinking: how can I protect my home?

Wood decaying fungi are not a single species, but instead area group of species that are known for causing damage to wood either through direct attack or simply by growing over wood and causing water damage. These fungi are considered to be a part of the group of pests known as Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s). This group includes other destructive pests such as subterranean and dry wood termites.

Some fungi, such as the lignicolous species, grow into the fibers of the wood and cause an internal decay. While not all species are destructive in this way, any type of fungi within this group can cause lasting damage to your home if left unchecked. This can lead to expensive repairs and a great deal of frustration.

The truth is, the spread of wood decaying fungi is usually largely due to environmental factors. Most species of fungi require a large amount of moisture to survive, and typically species only grow in areas with low light. For this reason, you will often find growths in areas such as:

  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Vents
  • Outer eaves of the house
  • Near water features

These areas, along with anywhere else that has a higher than normal moisture level, should be checked if you are concerned about a potential infestation. Removal of a fungal infestation often requires the elimination of conducive conditions that are allowing the fungi to thrive. It is important to note, however, that many times fungi will spears into areas of the structure that are hidden from view, and therefore a growth can be inside walls or in the ceiling of the structure.

For this reason, you may need to call in a licensed pest technician to inspect the home to ensure the fungal growth is completely removed.

Treatment of wood destroying fungus varies depending on species and the severity of the infestation.

While treatment can help to remove the growth itself, it is important to remember that you need to remove the conditions that are allowing the fungi to grow to avoid having issues in the future. If you are concerned about potential wood destroying organism activity in your home, you should consider calling in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and identify any signs of activity.

WDO pests are covered under most WDO inspection reports, which are required as a part of most real estate transactions here in Florida.A responsible homeowner should consider having an inspection of their home at least once per year to avoid having an infestation grow without their knowledge. With the thousands of different types of pests that could potentially infest your home, it is important that any pest control company you call is equipped to deal with any pest threat.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are a fully licensed pest control company and have served as the leading pest provider for Panama City for decades! We understand that no home and no pest is the same, and that each job is a unique situation requiring a specific treatment approach. Due to this, we offer a wide variety of specialized treatment options that can be employed against any pest you might encounter! All of these treatments come backed by our satisfaction guarantee and at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with wood decaying fungus, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

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