There are several different types of varieties of insects that can damage wood or wood products. Some of these insects actually eat the wood while the other insect lot destroy the wood by digging into the wood to create their insect nests. When there are saw dusts or small holes on the surface of the wood or wood product this specify damage done by the insects. Sometimes, in some situation the damages on the wood done by these insects are invisible until the latter stage. There are also some insects that are closely linked with wood products but these insects do not damage the finish products of wood. These insects are farm sawed lumber, firewood, etc.
When you see your wood products damage, first take a look at the damage and identify what the insect is. Some of the wood-destroying insects are carpenter ants, termites, bark beetles, powder post beetles, wood borers and many more.
Termites are known as the world’s most destructive wood destroying insect. These insects are also known as silent wood destroyers. These insects are also called white ants or wood worms. This type of insect can be divided into two kinds which are the dry wood and subterranean white ants. These white ants destroy wood that is moisture and close to the soil or they destroy dry wood like fence post, dead tree limbs, structural lumber etc.
Carpenter ants dig in to the wood to build nests but they do to eat wood. Carpenter ants are large ants in size and come in different range of colours. There are red, yellow, brown, black carpenter ants; the colour depends on their type of species. Carpenter ants have wings. The wing of the carpenter ant is that the front wing is longer than the back wings. When wood starts rotting at homes or buildings this is when the carpenter ants enter and start burrowing. The indication that there are carpenter ants in the house is when there are piles of shaving woods. These carpenter ants can be mostly found near rotting woods or in basements.
Wood borers are an insect species that eat trees, nuts and acorns. Wood borers create wood holes when they leave the wood but they usually don’t damage the wood structures. The popular wood borers that can be found easily are the wood wasps, metallic wood borers, long horned beetles etc. Mostly these insects feed on dying trees than healthy trees.
Bark beetles are insects that start attacking and damaging woods that are weak, already damage or trees that are dying. Bark beetles are a lot similar to wood borers. See this link http://globalgreen.com.sg/service/mosquito-control/ for more information about mosquito control Singapore.