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What do we look for?....In Pittsburgh, we commonly find three types of wood boring insects:

  1. Eastern Subterranean Termite

The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the USA, commonly found from southern Ontario, in all eastern states of the USA including Texas.  Pittsburgh, PA is considered a high risk area for termites.

Pittsburgh Termite Inspections

Termites love to live in warm, moist soil. Because we heat our houses in the wintertime, termites will construct underground networks that enable them to eat at these heated restaurants year round.

Termites in Pittsburgh PA       

Termites construct airtight mud tunnels when they have to leave the soil to get to a food source. These mud tunnels are thin (about the size of a cocktail straw). The mud tunnels will be attached to concrete or concrete block walls, over and around metal termite barriers, plastic, etc. Believe it or not, they can actually construct these mud tunnels as free standing structures from the ground to a wood food source!

Termites in Pittsburgh Homes

Houses built of concrete or on concrete slabs are inviting targets. Termites can enter a house through tiny cracks, 1/64th of an inch! They can also enter along side of pluming pipes or where underground wires enter a house. Any place a wood wall sits on top of concrete can be a problem as well. Treated lumber doesn't always stop termites. They will build a mud tunnel right over the treated lumber to get to the regular 2x4 or 2x6's.

Need more info? Go to the National Pest Management Association Web site @ http://www.pestworld.org.

  1. Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are very abundant in Pennsylvania, and are common pests in homes and other buildings. The most common carpenter ants are the familiar “large, black ants” that are one-half inch or more in length and shiny black. Other kinds of carpenter ants, however, are as small as one-quarter inch and are reddish brown or two-toned. One consistent characteristic of all carpenter ants is the smoothly rounded outline of the thorax when viewed from the side.

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Carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead construct their nests in wood such as hollow trees, stumps, logs, posts, landscaping timbers, and the lumber used in homes and other structures. Nests are made by chewing an interconnecting series of tunnels and cavities. Wood is removed as coarse sawdust-like material that is pushed from the nest. The sawdust may include other debris such as dead ants, parts of insects and other food.

Carpenter ants found indoors in the winter usually come from nests somewhere within the house. Ants found indoors during spring or summer could be invaders wandering in from outdoors or they may be foragers from a nest in the wall or ceiling. While there is no easy way to determine the source, it does pay to check carefully before making any treatment.

Locating the source of carpenter ants is as important as it is difficult. It is especially difficult if only a few ants are seen at one time. Our best suggestion is to spend time observing ants to see if you can detect a pattern of movement. In spring and summer carpenter ants are more active at night and observations after sunset, with a flashlight on the outside and inside of the house may give an indication of the source. Presence of sawdust is an important clue in locating ant nests.

  1. Carpenter Bees

Spring is the season when homeowners begin to notice large round holes in their wooden porch trim. The same people just might happen to mention being dive-bombed by a large bumble bee. These two seemingly unrelated events can mean only one thing: carpenter bees.

Pittsburgh Pest Inspector   Pittsburgh Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter bees are solitary bees, unlike bumble bees which live in colonies underground. Carpenter bees often return to same nest site each year. They typically nest in softwoods like pine. Carpenter bee entrance holes are almost perfectly round and 1/2-inch in diameter. Carpenter bees do not eat wood but only nest in it, feeding instead on pollen and nectar. They usually build their nests only in horizontal wood members, such as roof trim, siding, steps, decks, and porch railings. Nesting by a single pair of carpenter bees will normally cause only cosmetic damage to wood.

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