Welcome back to the Capital City Real Estate Group video blog! I’m Marc Iafrate, Broker/Owner of the Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc. powered by eXp Realty here in Raleigh. Today we are going to talk about Raleigh home maintenance tips and the wood that you have around your house. In fact, the whole frame of your house is probably made of wood even if you have brick or fiber cement on the exterior. It’s a great choice for framing, but it comes with one very specific weakness: bugs! Not just any bugs, but the kind that like to chew right on through studs and drill holes in eaves.
These insects are pretty much everywhere, so you have to always be on alert for them to pop up and attempt to take over your home. These are the most common wood-destroying insects you’ll find inside:
These tiny, grey-brown beetles can go almost unnoticed for s long time since they’re no bigger than a pencil eraser, the holes they drill in your house are also quite small and easy to miss. They could be anywhere, and unlike a lot of insects, powderpost beetles don’t necessarily need higher humidity or moisture to thrive. These little monsters tunnel through wood surfaces aggressively, leaving behind series of holes that resemble a shotgun pattern.
Evicting them can be extremely difficult, since simply varnishing over the holes they’ve created doesn’t do much to the beetles inside their tunnels and a whole-house fumigation only kills live beetles, not the eggs that are waiting to hatch. You definitely need a pro if powderpost beetles are suspected.
They love rotting wood. Carpenter ants don’t eat rotting wood, but they use the weakened areas as an entry point to hollow cavities like those between your interior and exterior walls, or even inside of hollow core doors. They won’t attack good wood, but if they’ve established a colony, their activities will cause the wood adjacent to them to begin to rot, so the problem spreads slowly across your home.
If you’re very patient, you can deal with a carpenter ant problem on your own. You’ll have to figure out where they’re living, first and foremost. You can call a professional but you may want to start with ant bait that you can pick up at the local home improvement center. The bait is then carried back to the nest…problem solved…hopefully!
They look like jumbo bumblebees and are just about as terrifying, but instead of pollinating and stinging, the female drills holes in your wood soffits! Where there is one that means that more will follow and eventually those tunnels risk compromising the integrity of your home.
Subterranean termites are the most common variety found in homes, causing 95 percent of all damage in North America. You’ll know you have termites if there are muddy tunnels stuck to walls or areas of wood that give with minimal pressure. There may also be a dust-like coating on wood that’s damaged. Another clear sign would be finding a pile of discarded wings in the springtime. This can indicate the termites have swarmed and are on their way to increasing their numbers. Termites will eat anything they can reach, they’re not an insect to mess about with.
Subterranean termites are encouraged by moisture, like what would be produced by a leaky pipe or plugged air conditioning condensation line. Always hire a professional to take care of these pesky bugs. The chemicals involved are quite noxious, requiring a license to handle. Once the termites are gone, though, you can prevent reinfestation by eliminating contributing moisture and repairing any termite damage that has already occurred.
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Marc Iafrate, MBA
Capital City Real Estate Group
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Raleigh, NC 27615