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Common Pests That Destroy Your Home

Posted 27 July 2021 12:30 PM by Jase DeBoer

A recurring concern homeowners have is how to keep their homes safe from common pests and invaders. Although they may be small, some insects can create serious damage in a short amount of time. Even with a concrete foundation, homes are built with many wood components, such as sill plates, joists, rafters, studs, and more. To help keep these important structural components intact, be on the lookout for these common pests.

Termites

Most commonly known and feared, termites can make their appearance at any point in the year. Formosan termites are especially destructive and can wreak havoc on your home. MCA-treated lumber, such as pressure-treated lumber and Sill Plates, offer superior protection against these insects.

Termites can be found anywhere throughout the U.S. but are more commonly found in warmer climates
Termites can be found anywhere throughout the U.S. but are more commonly found in warmer climates

Carpenter Ants 

These ants can be seen outside of the home; however, they are easily mistaken for black ants and vice versa. As they chew through the wood in your home, they leave the structure hollow and unstable. Likely, if you see a few in your home, there is a good chance that a full colony may already be taking refuge within your home.

Carpenter ants have a distinct appearance, featuring a heart-shaped head and a bent appearance to their antennas
Carpenter ants have a distinct appearance, featuring a heart-shaped head and a bent appearance to their antennas

Wood-boring Beetles

These beetles do exactly as their name describes: they bore directly into the wood, leaving a distinct, circular hole. Unfortunately, many times it is difficult to find an infestation until it’s too late. Adult beetles do no damage -- it’s the eggs they lay within your lumber that create an issue. As the eggs hatch, they become larva and chew through the wood, leaving your structure hollow and damaged.

Wood-boring beetles come in a few shapes and sizes; however, all types can cause serious damage to your home
Wood-boring beetles come in a few shapes and sizes; however, all types can cause serious damage to your home

Prevention

The best way to keep your home safe is prevention: building your home or structure with treated lumber from ProWood is the best way to evade each of these pests. It’s also your first line of defense against dry rot and fungal decay. With multiple treatment options to choose from, you can feel confident that your home will be protected from each of these pests.

man building with ProWood borate treated, termited-protected lumber
Borate Treated lumber can be used throughout your home

Borate Treated lumber will protect your home against termites, carpenter ants, roaches, wood-boring beetles, dry rot and fungal decay. Another fine option, Pressure-Treated Lumber, protects against termite infestation and rot. Regardless of your choice, each is guaranteed for a lifetime of protection.

If your home needs repair, insist on ProWood Lumber. The superior treatment will ensure that you will not deal with these pests again!

 

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