How can I tell if I have Termites or Wood-boring Beetles which do the most damage?
There are distinct differences in the way to identify the damage. With powder post beetles it’s quite easy; They make holes of varying sizes, depending on species. The holes often appear as if the beetles have gone, in fact they just indicate an adult has matured and looked for somewhere to lay eggs. Look for holes that are filled with dust (usually orange/brown) that may or may not have little piles of dust falling out. That can indicate live larvae which are eating away and depositing their waste through the holes. Termites can very often go for very long periods of time without being discovered until major damage has been done.. Swarmers are often the first indication of their presence, an inspection is then called for.
Look on all wood and foundations for the presence of mud tubes which they build to travel through as they chew away at your home. Look out for hollow sounding wood, sagging floors, doors and windows. Don’t ignore the possibility of either pest. If you are unsure or just need reassuring just call me, it won;t cost a dime for an inspection.
Many houses in the Westerly are have powder post beetles. Termites are more aggressive and often cause more damage because they are difficult to detect. We now have monitors that will detect them should they come into your surroundings.