The Ultimate Guide To Wood-Destroying Pests

Wood-destroying pests are hidden threats to your home which come in micro sizes and usually inhabit timber. Since a great deal of building materials are made from wood, it is helpful for homeowners to spot these pest problems early before they become major issues that cause financial loss. There is a common belief that termites are the main factor resulting in this kind of damage. However, wood-destroying pests can come in different types and sizes. Here are some common types of pests that can potentially be a hazard to your home:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are cavity dwellers and do not eat wood, but will hollow out wood for nesting. These creatures establish nests in empty spaces between double walls in the building and empty-core wooden doors. They tend to attack damp or rotting wood and expand their nest by excavating the surrounding areas, resulting in severe structural damage. It is often challenging to locate the position of their nest as these creatures live in hollow spaces. Professional pest specialists are able to detect them much faster and offer different suggestions to terminate them for good.


Termites are homeowners’ worst nightmare since they are the most destructive insect pests and the hardest insects eliminate completely. Each year, termites cause massive financial losses to buildings and structures globally. Termites have a specific appetite for wood, paper, furniture and cellulose-containing items. There are more than 300 kinds of termites in Australia but the two major types are subterranean and dry termites. Subterranean termites are the most dangerous type and can damage your house within 3 months of construction. Termites live in colonies which consist of males, females and several workers that can populate buildings for years and expand their colonies to thousands of termites. As a result, termites need to be detected early in order to have any chance of preventing their rapid spread throughout a building.

Carpenter bees

Carpenter bees might look similar to bumblebees; however, they have a unique feature that differentiates them from the rest – a black and shiny abdomen. While the male bees do not sting, female bees have stingers and will sting when threatened. Female carpenter bees often dig tunnels into wood and lay their eggs for nesting. They prefer to attack unpainted bare wood from the outside. If you see holes in your wood materials, do not bother plugging them in order to prevent carpenter bee infestations as the queen bee can bore her way out to another hole. In this case, just contact a pest control service right away for an early detection and rid your home of these pesky little carpenters.

At Twin Bays Pest Control, our qualified local pest professionals are fully equipped with superior knowledge along with well-rounded experience to detect your pest infestation and provide you with the most effective solution.

Contact our friendly team on 0409 334 562 to find out how to inspect and identify pest problems at the first stage or visit Twin Bays Pest Control website for more information.