Termite infestation can usually be detected when inspecting boards and joinery in a home.
Boring bugs are insects that like to poke holes in wood, tree bark, woody vapors, leaves, and other parts of trees, shrubs, and plants. They can be a serious problem in the garden and around the house, and are found in every corner of the world, with hundreds of species of common annoying insects infecting everything from grape roots to books. Once these members of the insect world take hold, it can be very difficult to dislodge them, making preventing infestations a priority for people who want to avoid the damage caused by these insects.
Both adult insects and larvae can engage in tedious activities.
Some pesky insects actively feed on the materials they feed on, while others dig holes to live or lay eggs. Adult insects and larvae can engage in boring activities, and as the boring insects settle in and begin to reproduce, they can create a population that will continue to grow with each reproductive cycle, causing the damage to spread very quickly. In some cases, the damage is difficult to detect or invisible because it occurs below the surface, while other insects leave obvious traces of their presence.
Some species are attracted to trees and plants that are already sick or diseased. These insects take advantage of the weakened state of the plant and can hasten the damage, making it difficult for the plant to recover. Others colonize perfectly healthy plants and trees. Signs of a bothersome insect infestation include yellowing and falling leaves, pitting and scarring on trunks and branches, thick plant secretions caused by penetration deep into the plant, or obvious signs of insect activity on the plant.
In addition to colonizing trees and live plants, boring insects also attack wood and wood products such as books, fences, decks and houses. This type of damage can sometimes be very difficult to detect on the surface. Over time, the pests cause a softening and collapse, and in the meantime, they spread to other potential sources of food or nesting material in the area.
Some examples of annoying insects include termites, gunpowder beetles, longhorn beetles, carpenter ants, and Asian longhorn beetles. Controlling these pests involves keeping homes and gardens as clean as possible, discarding or sequestering dead organic material such as pruned tree branches, and monitoring vulnerable woods, trees and plants for early signs of infestation. If insects do take hold, infected material must be removed and carefully discarded to discourage spread to other areas.