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Termites and Wood-Destroying Insects in Maryland

BUG-OFF Termite Inspection & Pest Control is Maryland's #1 choice for knowledge & experience in inspecting signs of and controlling subterranean termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder post beetles and old house borers. We provide termite inspections and termite inspection certificates for home buyers, home owners, realtors and real estate investors.

 


  Subterranean Termites in Maryland

 


Termite Swarmers



Termite Workers

Termite Shelter Tubes


Termite Damage

 

 

There are several different types of termites, including subterranean termites, damp wood termites, drywood termites and Formosan termites. The subterranean termite is the most common species in the Maryland area and cause the most damage. Termites are a critical concern because they chew and eat wood, causing major structural damage to homes and financial losses to the homeowners
 

Termites eat wood from the inside out.  In their natural environment, termites eat fallen logs and tree stumps off the forest floor.  However, in your home termite colonies feed on drywall, window & doorframes, flooring, baseboards and anything else containing wood.  Hungry termites can attack & eat away the equity you have built up in your home and turn your home into a "termite buffet."  If termites are not already inside your home, they are probably living outside in your yard feeding on mulch, wood debris or old landscaping boards until they find cracks in your foundation to gain entry and attack & destroy the wooden structure inside your home.  Termites enter your home unseen and unheard through cracks no wider than a sheet of paper.  They will tunnel through wood or travel inside pencil-size mud tubes found on foundation walls, floor joists or other parts of the house.

Termites remain hidden within infested wood, preferring not to be exposed to the outside environment. Infested wood can look perfectly normal on the outside, even when riddled with termite galleries on the inside. Unfortunately, without annual termite inspections, termites can go unnoticed by the homeowner for years while silently attacking and destroying your home from the inside out!

Every day in America, the dangerous and silent destroyers target homes and cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes.  Termite damage is found in about 25% of the homes inspected.  That figure rises to over 50% in homes that are more than 20 years old and have not had a recent termite inspection! We recommend that you have your home inspected annually for early signs of termite activity and damage.

  NOW IS THE TIME!  Protect your home and enjoy peace of mind from costly & destructive termites.  If you haven't had a recent termite inspection, your home may already be at risk!  Repair costs run high and are getting higher; plus the rising costs of termite treatment.  Protect your home, your most valuable asset  Every homeowner needs termite protection. 

    Don't wait, call BUG-OFF NOW to schedule your termite inspection at 410-913-1754.

 


   
Carpenter Ants in Maryland



Carpenter Ant Worker
 

Carpenter Ant Swarmer
 

Carpenter Ant Damage


Carpenter Ant Frass

Carpenter ants are one of the most common wood-destroying insects found in and around the home. They are attracted to wood which has been exposed to moisture. Carpenter ants tunnel and make nests in soft wood; however, they do not eat the wood. The largest of the ant family, the carpenter ant ranges from 1/4 to 3/4 inches, has a constricted waist, bent antennae and is black, reddish-black or brownish black in color. Winged carpenter ants can be distinguished from termites by their larger size and shape of their antennae, waist and wings.

Any wooden areas (porch, tree, veranda, step, door, etc.) which become moist are vulnerable to carpenter ant attack. This is particularly true of rotting sections of wood. The worker ant finds an entry route by gnawing a clean tunnel parallel to the wood grain wherever a crack or crevice exists. The wood is chewed and discarded outside the tunnel. The discarded shavings, which resemble sawdust, provide an indication of nesting areas. Often, the nest is extended into sound wood. Besides being objectionable by their presence, carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. They excavate galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance. Wood which has been damaged by carpenter ants contains no mud-like material, as is the case with termites.


Carpenter Bees in Maryland


Carpenter Bee


Carpenter Bee Hole


Carpenter Bee Damage



Carpenter Bee Frass

Carpenter bees in Maryland are large, three-fourths to one-inch long, and robust. Carpenter bees have a dense brush of hairs on the hind legs and somewhat resemble bumble bees, except bumble bees have dense yellow hairs on the abdomen and large pollen baskets on the hind legs. Carpenter bees are commonly found in wood that is at least two inches thick in porch and shed ceilings, railings, overhead trim, wooden porch furniture, dead tree limbs, fence posts, wooden shingles, wooden siding, window sills and wooden doors.
Carpenter bees are so named because they excavate galleries in wood to create nest sites. They do not consume wood. Rather, they feed on pollen and nectar. Carpenter bees are important pollinators of flowers and trees. Carpenter bees typically are just nuisance pests that cause cosmetic rather than structural damage to wood. Nonetheless, considerable wood damage can result from many generations of carpenter bees enlarging existing galleries in wood.

 

 
Powder Post Beetles in Maryland



Powder Post Beetle


Powder Post Beetle Holes



Powder Post Beetle Damage



Powder Post Beetle Frass

Maryland powder post beetles are so called because in high numbers they are able to turn the inside of a piece of wood into nothing more than a mass of fine powder. These wood destroying insects can do significant damage to furniture, wood floors and structural timbers. Powder post beetles are small (1/8 inch) and the adult beetles are seldom seen. Most of the life cycle is spent in the grub or larvae stage eating wood.

Damage is done by the larvae as they create narrow, meandering tunnels in wood as they feed. This stage can last between 1-10 years depending upon a number of factors; these include species of beetle, type of wood infested, age of wood, moisture content of wood and air temperature. The exit holes are very small, about the size of a pin head.

 

Old House Borers in Maryland

 



Old House Borer
 


Old House Borer Larva



Old House Borer Damage



Old House Borer Holes

The old house borer is one of the most injurious wood-destroying insects in Maryland. The name is somewhat misleading since a large number of infestations are noticed in homes just four to seven years after construction. The larva bores through wood and also feeds on it. Tunnels made by the larva weaken structural timbers. The borers feed only in pine, spruce, and other coniferous woods.

Infestations are hard to detect in the early stages since larvae are small, develop slowly the first year and there are no external signs of damage. Only in advanced stages will surface bulges become evident due to larval activity. Homeowners may hear their gnawing "clicking-like" sounds. By breaking the surface with a sharp object where tunneling is suspected, one can find tiny rod-like fecal pellets (which crumble easily) and fine, powdery material.The oval exit hole created by the emerging adult old house borer can be 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch in diameter.

 
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