Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Identifying The Wood Destroying Insects Damaging Your Home

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Finding small chunks of wood or sawdust around your home is never a good sign. Your first thought is probably going to be that termites are eating your home, but there are other wood destroying insects. For this reason, it is best to know more about the different species that can harm your home.

Beetles

Some species of beetles will lay their eggs in seasoned wood. The eggs hatch and develop into larvae that consume the wood. The feeding process of the larvae is where most of the damage comes from when you are dealing with beetles. Once they become adults, they burrow out of the wood, leaving holes behind.

However, the holes you find are not going to be very large. Most of the holes will be 1/8-1/4 inch in size, which makes them less noticeable. The sawdust is what most people notice first, and then they find the holes when looking for the source of the sawdust.

It is important to note that beetles can die out on their own, because they will not infest the same piece of wood a second time. However, there is no guarantee this will happen, so you need to consult a pest control company if you think your home has beetles eating the wood.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are another type of pest that causes damage to wood on the outside of your home. The damage you see will be holes that are typically the same diameter as the bees, and you may encounter sawdust on the ground around the holes as well.

When it comes to carpenter bees, these pests do not consume the wood. Instead, the females dig tunnels with 6-7 individual sections when building their nests. The sections or cells are the spots where the bees lay the eggs. The larvae will also grow inside the wood tunnels until they become adults.

Another thing to consider when it comes to carpenter bees is that when left alone, they are not aggressive. The bees do not normally sting people, but the females may if they feel their nest is being threatened. However, you do not want to leave these bees alone because they will continue to come back each year and create new nests.

Unfortunately, dealing with carpenter bees can be very difficult. Your best option is to have a pest control company come out and treat the holes with a chemical that kills the adult bees as they emerge from the nest. Once they are gone, it is important to seal up the holes to discourage other insects from using the tunnels.

For more information, contact Albemarle Termite & Pest Control or a similar company.

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29 October 2015