As a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do is keep an eye out for signs of wood-destroying insects. These pests can cause serious damage to your home and can be difficult to remove once they have infested your property. This article will discuss some of the most common types of wood-destroying insects and the signs they have invaded your home.

Signs of Wood-Destroying Insects in Your Home


Termites are one of the most destructive insects that can infest a property. These insects feed on cellulose found in wood and other plant materials. If left unchecked, termites can cause extensive and costly damage to your home’s structural components, including beams, floor joists, and drywall. Signs of a termite infestation include hollow-sounding wood, mud tubes on exterior walls or the foundation, and piles of discarded wings around windows and doors.

Wood-Destroying Insects: Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are another common wood-destroying insect that can cause significant damage to your home. Unlike termites, these ants do not eat wood but excavate it to create their nests. Signs of carpenter ants could include piles of sawdust-like material around your home, the sound of rustling in your walls, and tiny holes in the wood.

Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost beetles are wood-boring beetles that infest hardwoods like oak, hickory, and maple. These insects lay their eggs in the cracks and crevices of the wood, and when the larvae hatch, they feed on the wood. Signs of a powderpost beetle infestation include small, round exit holes in wood and a powdery substance (hence the name “powderpost”) near the exit holes.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are an insect that can cause damage to your home’s wooden components. Unlike honey bees, carpenter bees do not live in hives but instead bore into wood to create their nests. These wood-boring bees prefer unfinished wood components. Signs of a carpenter bee infestation include perfectly round holes in fencing, siding, or porch rails, a buzzing sound near wooden structures, and yellow stains on the wood from their waste.

Talk to a pest-control expert if you suspect any of these wood-destroying insects have infested your home. Your home inspector can help identify the insects and determine the extent of the damage. A pro will recommend appropriate treatment options to eliminate the infestation and prevent further damage. You will protect your home and investment from insect damage by being aware and taking action.

Five Stars Home Inspection provides inspection services, including wood-destroying insect inspections, to homebuyers and sellers in the Greater Boston area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.