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Wood Damaging Insects–Three to Watch: Termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by Knockout Pest Control

Long Island, the New York Metro suburbs and even New York City itself is host to three common wood damaging insects. With spring finally here, termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees are gearing up to take you on.


Termite Infestations in New York and Long Island

Termites are the most expensive of wood damaging insects in the New York area and they are common. It isn’t a question of if you will have termite trouble, but when. If termites make their way into your structure they can chew their way through wood, creating pencil sized tunnels that destroy the structural integrity of foundation beams, sills, floor joists, weight bearing walls and eventually all the wood in a building if the termite infestation is left unchecked. Stay vigilant about the presence of termites. Get your home inspected annually and invest in the modest cost of ongoing termite control.
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Carpenter Ant Problems

A carpenter ant infestation can be every bit as destructive as termites. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood, instead, they use their sharp mandibles to rip wood apart to construct nests called galleries. These hollowed out galleries can severely weaken weight bearing wood beams. Carpenter ant colonies can number in the tens of thousands, so if you see even one big ant, call for help to get rid of one of Long Island and New York’s more common wood damaging insects.
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Damage from Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees might look like regular bees, but they wood damaging insects just as much as termites. Carpenter bee infestations on Long Island, in parts of New York City, and throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties cause thousands of dollars in cosmetic and structural property damage every year. Carpenter bees do their damage by tunneling out wood siding, window trim, wood shingles, exposed parts of wood foundations, fences and decks—even your patio furniture to create galleries for their eggs and to store nectar. You’ll need a pest control professional who can eliminate the whole colony.
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Carpenter bees are covered in our effective and affordable Integrated Pest Management Annual Package KO-12 Program that provides you with pest protection throughout the year.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Carpenter Bee Nests

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out wood damaging insects from termites to carpenter ants to carpenter bees–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!

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