Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Termite Damage Vs Carpenter Ant Damage


This is a cross section of wood damaged by subterranean termites. As you can see the wood is eaten across the grain, there is mud or dirt, and feces packed in the hollowed out areas. They have eaten across the grain and have eaten only the springwood.

The damage caused by Carpenter ants is very different from that of a subterranean termite. The tunnels are smooth and have a sanded appearance. They chew along and across the grain. It is common to find other dead insect parts and they will also leave behind sawdust or chewed pieces of wood. The example show small windows showing where subterranean termites do not.

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