Wood Destroying Organisms! The phrase alone invokes sheer terror, conjuring up images of black and white B movies about mutant insects on the loose. Unfortunately, they are not as uncommon as you might think, but that doesn't make them any less scary. Termites are perhaps the most common Wood Destroying Organism. However, there are pesky Carpenter bees and Carpenter Ants. There is also a Powder Post Beetle.
How do you know which Wood Destroying Organism you have? Well it is best to leave that to the pest control experts. That being said, there are many resources that indicate termites only excavate into the soft portion of the wood. Carpenter bees bore circular holes into the wood, they do not take up permanent residence, like termites will. Carpenter ants will bore into the structure, leaving behind a "sawdust" residue. The powder post beetles lay eggs, leaving the dastardly deed of destroying with their larvae. Regardless of which type of WDO you have, they are all equally destructive.
The best way to determine which type of wood destroying organism you have is to consult a pest control company. They can explain what and why and help you prevent further infestations.
For more information on the varieties of Wood Destroying Organisms check out this link http://www.usinspect.com/resources-for-you/house-facts/common-household-pests/wood-destroying-insects-and-organisms
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