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The Different Types of Wood Destroying Organisms

Not many know there are different types of wood destroying organisms—termites aren’t the only ones! Luckily at ATCO, our exterminators treat for every wood destroying organism in order to keep your home’s structure safe for you and your family.

Wood Boring Beetles

Powderpost beetles, a type of wood boring beetle, can cause extensive damage to wood structures within your home, with each insect capable of living up to a year and producing up to 50 offspring per breeding cycle. To get rid of these aggravating and damaging pests, your exterminator will provide either fumigation, thermal treatment, or topical borate treatment to eliminate your powderpost beetles, depending on the extent of your infestation. 

Carpenter Ants Vs. Termites

A lot of people frequently confuse termites and carpenter ants due to their similar size. Here are a few ways to set them apart:

  • Appearance  – Carpenter ants have a well-defined narrow waist, bent antennae, and have four wings of uneven length. Termites have no waist, straight antennae, and its four wings are of equal size – much longer than its body.
  • Behavior – Termites eat wood, and the galleries they create may have mud or soil inside. Carpenter ant galleries however, are clean and can almost appear as if the wood has been sanded. Carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood, but rather chew on it in order to create nesting areas.
  • Evidence – Drywood termite frass (their fecal pellets) resemble course sand, while Carpenter ant debris looks similar to pencil shavings.

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Wood Destroying Organism Report for Real Estate 

Are you a real estate agent or potential homebuyer and looking for a qualified wood destroying organism inspection company? ATCO has you covered. Our inspectors are licensed to give you, your mortgage lender, or your real estate agent a wood destroying organism report—that way, you know beforehand what you're getting into. Our inspectors will send this report to the lender before money is put down on the house.

Our wood destroying organism report includes:

  • A complete exterior and interior inspection
  • A list of current or past evidence of wood destroying organisms
  • The identification of potential entry points
  • A report of our final thoughts on the probability of wood destroying organisms infesting the home. 

Signs of Wood Destroying Organisms

It's imperative to contact a professional wood destroying organism inspection if you think you may have these insects in your home even if you're not selling or buying a home. Not only can they cause structural damage, but WDOs can potentially cause health issues as well. 

The signs of wood destroying organisms in your home are:

  • Buckling or spongey-feeling wood on floors, porches/decks, walls, attic beams, etc.
  • A whiteish tint on wood.
  • Rotting wood.
  • Developing mold.

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