Termites & WDI

Wood Destroying Insects In Ohio

Of the many species and types of household pests there is one that most homeowners fear the most, the wood destroying insects. No part of the country is safe from these wood consumers, with insects like carpenter ants and termites causing over $5 billion in damage to property each year.

Unity Property and Pest has the experience and tools to combat these invaders and save your home, so if you’re looking for an exterminator for carpenter bees, termites control near me or someone to rid your home of powder post beetle, keep reading for information on how to identify, prevent and stop these pests and how Unity Property and Pest can help

Here is some helpful information you should know to help you understand and deter WDO from becoming and issue on your property.

These ferocious eaters cause billions in damage each year. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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Generally harmless to humans, these aerial acrobats can wreak havoc on your unprotected outdoor structures. Our experienced team can rid you of these flying wood munchers. 

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These creepy crawly insects are on the hunt for moist wood and can bring down a house like a wrecking ball. Call our team today at the first sign of these invaders. 

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Often the least remembered of the big four WDO's but common in Ohio, these wood borers can invade your home through lumber or furniture. Our team will help you avoid further damage and get back your peace of mind. 

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Termites in Ohio

Of all wood destroying insects the termite is by far the most problematic pest in the United States. When it comes to termites Northeast Ohio area our biggest foe is the subterranean termite. Unfortunately for us these are the most destructive of the three termite species. Their colonies can house up to two million citizens, with scissor-like jaws and the ability to chew through wood 24/7.

A termite nest is the home to the termites larvae, several classes of inhabitants as well as the termite queen. Termites are social creatures and work together for the good of their colony whether that be searching for food or starting a colony. This makes them difficult to remove from a property. Ohio termites are one of the few animals that can actually eat wood. They consume cellulose in wood as well as in many other products and materials including furniture, plants, paper and wood. Because of that we often find termites in wall of homes.

Subterranean Termites are destructive enough to collapse an entire building if left unchecked, and in most cases the damage caused by them is not covered by homeowners insurance. Termites truly are the silent destroyers of homes and ignoring the signs of infestation is extremely risky to your property and your bank account.

Winged, alate, reproductive caste of a European termite

Signs of Termites

Below are a few signs that can alert you to a termite issue in your home. If you experience any of the below contact us for a pest control inspection right away.

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in or around your home
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or termite frass (droppings)
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces
  • Discarded wings from termite swarmers

How to Prevent Termites

While there is no guaranteed way to completely avoid the risk of termites and termite damage, there are a few easy ways to reduce your risk of infestation.

Don't Attract Them

Keep firewood, paper and lumber away from your foundation or crawl space. Remove all tempting options for termites.

Remove the Clutter

Remove stumps and debris near house their house was built, they can get them corrected early before something goes seriously wrong. 

No Easy Entry

Ensure wood on your home doesn’t touch the ground, making harder for termites to access your home.

Be Observant

Keep an eye on wooden decks or fences. If you see damage, don’t delay, and react immediately.

Fix it Now

Repair leaky faucets, AC units and water pipes that contact wood. Seal entry points around utility lines and pipes

No Standing Water

Keep gutters and downspouts clean do they don’t back up and create standing water.

Termites vs. Flying Ants

Often the first obvious sign of a termite infestation is a swarm of flying insects. However it’s important to note that not all flying and swarming insects are termites, very often they are flying ants. The experienced termite exterminators at Unity Property and Pest are trained to distinguish between flying ants and termites by recognizing a few physical differences.

Termites have wide bodied without pinched waists and straight antennae and are usually black or dark brown. Termite swarmers, or flying termites have clear wings of equal length. Ants differ by having pinched waist and hinged antenna and their bodies can be black, brown or even reddish. Flying ants have two pairs of brownish wings that are different sizes.

Unity Property and Pest’s trained team can provide complete pest control for residential or commercial properties and offer a variety of solutions to protect your home and business from these threats.
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Carpenter Ants
in Ohio

When summer is at its peak, ants come out of the woodwork, literally to bother homeowners. And while carpenter ants may not fully deserve their namesake, since they don’t actually eat wood, they do build their nests by boring holes into wood, which can cause serious problems for a homeowner. Carpenter ants damage everything the touch, making expert help crucial.

The carpenter ant itself is not dangerous to humans, and if bitten it will feel like a gentle pinch. However the risk lies to your wooden belongings. The nest building process of the carpenter ant creates tunnels throughout the wood of your home which can weaken the entire structure.

A long term infestation in a home that may include multiple carpenter ant colonies often results in major structural damage as well as unpleasant cosmetic damage. Contact Unit Property and Pest will identify and remove these pests from your home before they cause more damage.

Carpenter Ants in House

The only visible signs of a carpenter ant infestation are the presence of worker and swarmers (flying) ants and the appearance of small openings on the surface of wood. Through these openings the ants expel debris which will look like sawdust like shavings or small pieces or insulation or insect body parts. If you see a good accumulation of this debris then chances are you have a decent infestation.

Carpenter ants prefer wood that has already been softened by moisture and fungus, so you typically see these pests where there are existing moisture problems. Keep an eye out for excess moisture and soft or rotting wood around the home to help avoid the stress of carpenter ants damage.

What attracts
Carpenter Ants?

Carpenter ants do not in fact eat wood, they simply make their home in it, which means the ant, like all creatures, needs food. If your home has these food sources, as well wood you may be visited by some unwelcome roommates. Here are a few conditions to be aware of and avoid if you want to avoid carpenter ants damage to your home.

Carpenter ants love moist damp areas especially if there is soft or even rotting wood. These conditions make the wood easier to chew through to build their nests. Bathrooms, kitchens, roof vents, laundry and drain pipes are common hot spots. Keep these areas moisture free to avoid attracting them.

Firewood left outdoors that has gotten wet is like an all you can eat buffet to the carpenter ant. Make sure to keep stacks of firewood away from the foundation of your home, and avoid bringing infested wood into the house.

Like humans, carpenter ants love protein and sugar. Carpenter ants forage for food at night and look for any food that is sticky, sweet or meaty. Be sure to seal garbage cans tightly, keep dog and pet food sealed and keep indoor food encased.

Unity Property and Pest’s trained team will identify Carpenter Ants and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage to your residential home or commercial property.
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Carpenter Bees
in Ohio

Have you noticed large dive bombing bees zooming in and out of holes in your home, shed, fence or wood structures? If so, they are likely carpenter bees. These wood chewing pests never seem to go away and can cause damage to your property. Unity Property and Pest is the premier carpenter bee exterminator in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Medina Ohio area.

Carpenter bees in Ohio are one of the primary causes of wood damage to structures. The bees burrow into soft old trees, reed like plants and also the wood in your home. 

The bees bore typically ¾ to ½ inch wide holes in the wood and then create perpendicular tunnels, usually 4 to 6 inches long which over years of use can extend many feet. A female carpenter bee can create six to eight of these chambers and lay her eggs. If you see carpenter bees on your property call Unity Property and Pest for an inspection and custom carpenter bees treatment plan.

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Carpenter Bees
Vs. Bumble Bees

People often mistake the wide bodied carpenter bee for its also full framed cousin the bumble bee. There is one major difference in appearance that will help you tell the difference between the two bees. Bumble bees have a hairy abdomen that may include some yellow marking. Carpenter bees have shiny, bare, black abdomens.

Carpenter bees also have a very unique flying pattern. They often dart and dive as they fly, and frequently chase or fight each other. Carpenter bees are solitary bees unlike bumble bees that are social and nest together. A bumble bee because of its social nature will sting in order to protect its nest and come become aggressive. A female carpenter bee however will rarely sting and only if seriously provoked and the male bees do not possess stingers.

How to Prevent Carpenter Bees

The true secret to protecting your property against carpenter bees is prevention. Once the bees get into your wood it’s time to call Unity Property and Pest, your Northeast Ohio local carpenter bees exterminator, to safely rid you of these pests. Here are some things you can do to avoid experiencing these wood chewing pests.

Block Entry

Protect rough ends of deck boards with wire screening or metal flashing. Paint and varnish in early Spring to cover and fill gaps and protect exposed wood.

Finish it Up

 Carpenter bees prefer unfinished wood like eaves, soffits, patios, under decks and overhangs. Avoid using unfinished wood and while this won’t guarantee they leave your home along, it will certainly dissuade them.

No Easy Entry

Caulk gaps and cracks in exterior walls. This will deny access to carpenter bee queens. Be sure there is no existing bee activity before you caulk, as you do not want to trap a queen inside.

Unity Property and Pest’s trained team will identify Carpenter Bees and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage to your residential home or commercial property.
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Carpenter Bee Specialists

Powder Post Beetle

Powderpost beetles are wood boring insects, commonly found in Ohio, that typically attack unfinished, unsealed or unpainted wood with low or high moisture content. They are exceeded only by the termite for the amount of structural damage wrought on properties. Powderpost beetles often infest wood during the manufacturing stage or on a construction site, harboring powder post beetle larvae inside, and not emerging until long after your home is built.

If the infestation is bad enough you may be able to hear the sound of the powder post beetle feeding inside the wood. To confirm you have an active infestation mark and seal any existing holes and vacuum up all powder. Then recheck the same spot over the next days and weeks to see if the holes and dust reappear.

Contact Unity Property and Pest to create a custom powderpost beetle treatment plan.

Powderpost Beetle

Typically homeowners are more likely to see powder post beetle damage than see the actual pest itself. Powderpost beetles are reddish brown, with long narrow flat bodies, usually ⅛ to ¼ inch in length and typically emerge between April and July.

Infestations are usually uncovered after noticing small, round pinhole sized openings in the wood surface. New holes in the wood will not have the same weathered look as the surrounding area of the wood, and you will notice a powder like sawdust or frass (powder post beetle droppings) falling from the holes. This powder will usually have the color of fresh cut wood.

How to Get Rid of Powderpost Beetles

Your best choice to rid your home of these wood chewing pests is to call Unity Property and Pest to inspect your property and create a custom powderpost beetle treatment plan of attack. If you notice fresh, powdery, sawdust like piles near exit holes in wood, this may be your signal to take action to protect your home. Here are several ways to prevent or remove powder post beetles from your home.

Block Moisture

In crawl spaces a moisture barrier may be considered to reduce moisture to the beetle which they need to survive.

Replace Boards

If only a few boards seem to be affected, consider replacement of non load bearing boards after a pest management professional has managed the infestation.

Use Safe Lumber

If the infestation is coming from rough cut lumber, the solution is easy; just take the lumber to a sawmill and have it kiln dried killing the eggs, larvae and adults.

Freeze them out

If you suspect a small wood item may be infested, pop it in the freezer. Freezing wood at zero degrees Fahrenheit for at least 72 hours will kill the powder post beetle larvae and adults, but some eggs may survive. 

Check Often

With any efforts you make to prevent or treat Powerderpost Beetles, be sure to occasionally check the affected areas for damage often over the next year.

Call in the Pros

Use pesticides or fumigation. If the infestation is widespread it’s time to call in the professionals at Unity Property and Pest to eliminate the threat and avoid powderpost beetle damage in your home or business.