TERMITES

Subterranean termites of the family Rhinotermitidae occur throughout Tennessee and are the kind that most commonly infest structures. They can attack any untreated wood in contact with the soil. The termites can use soil to create mud tubes and tunnels within the cracks of foundation or over the outside of concrete. By travelling through these mud tubes, Subterranean termites can reach wood several feet above the ground.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, Licensing Manual: WDO 2002, revised July 2014


CARPENTER ANTS

Unlike termites, Carpenter Ants DO NOT EAT WOOD, THEY USE WOOD FOR NESTING. Carpenter Ants nesting on itself is not likely to cause extensive structural damage but their presence in the wood might indicate existence of a more serious problem because these insects are attracted to moist or decayed wood. In structure, they often nest in porch columns, roofs, window sills, hollow-core doors, wood scraps in dirt filled porches and wood in contact with soil.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, Licensing Manual: WDO 2002, revised July 2014


CARPENTER BEE

Carpenter bees resemble a large bumble bees except that the abdomen of bumble bees has a dense covering of yellow and black hairs. Carpenter Bees Are Considered Pests In early spring because female carpenter bees use woods as NESTING AREAS. A female carpenter bee can drill an inch deep into the wood and often creates a series of tunnels and brood chambers that might be 6-10 inches deep.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, Licensing Manual: WDO 2002, revised July 2014


ANOBIID BEETLES

Anobiid beetles feed on sapwood and occasionally heartwood and seasoned hardwoods and softwoods. They often occured in basement, crawl spaces, barns and other unheated structures where moisture content of the wood is high They can infest and remain active in wood that has been service for decades.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, Licensing Manual: WDO 2002, revised July 2014


OLD HOUSE BORER

The Old house borer attacks sapwood of pine and other soft woods and they can re infest structural woods. In Tennessee it has been particularly troublesome in it’s attack on new pine log homes an is sometimes destructive to sheeting, siding or porch flooring that has been exposed to high humidity, water leaks or blowing rains. Old house borers occasionally built into new structures and can remain active for many years.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, Licensing Manual: WDO 2002, revised July 2014