Wood Pests That Can Damage Your Stumps

Wood Pests That Can Damage Your Stumps

April 18, 2019

Wood is a pretty popular stump material in Australia. That doesn’t necessarily make it the best material, which is made abundantly clear by the number of potential pests that can damage wood stumps.


Let’s start with the obvious. Termites are notorious for wood diet. Every year, these hungry little “white ants” (that’s another name for termites even though they are not related to ants) cause billions of dollars worth of damages. Since wood stumps have direct contact with the soil, they are especially susceptible to termite damage.

“Termites procreate extremely quickly. A termite queen can lay an egg every 15 to 20 seconds,” tells us Alexander Crawley from Fantastic Pest Control, Australia. “They also never sleep, so their activity is non-stop,” warns us the expert.

Essentially, termites are bad news and can lead to serious damage in no time. But they’re not the only threat.

Carpenter Ants

We mentioned ants and termites aren’t actually related. And they’re not. That doesn’t mean there aren’t ant species that do damage to wood. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat the wood. They just carve it and make their tunnels inside the stumps. They work more slowly than termites but can be just as devastating.

Carpenter ants are eusocial, which means they build nests. The colony can grow to a pretty large size. The more of them there are, the more damage they inflict. It’s best to take care of them as quickly as possible. Regular inspections (at least once per year) are advisable not only when it comes to termites but carpenter ants, as well.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are a solitary species of bee that nest in wood. Being a solitary species means they don’t make colonies, so they’re definitely not as destructive as termites. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t do sufficient damage over the years.

Since they are solitary, carpenter bees don’t have a hive. Instead, a fertilized female digs her way through a piece of wood and carves herself a nest. Then she lays her eggs inside. Once they hatch and mature, the young ones carve their way out. Once a few of them do it, and then they repeat the pattern several years in a row, this becomes a problem. You may think the chances of that happening are astronomical, but once a piece of wood proves to be suitable, it’s far more likely for other carpenter bees to use it, too.

Wood Borer

Wood borer larvae specialize in burying themselves in wood and maturing where it’s safe and they are surrounded by food (the wood). As they grow, needs grow, too. When they emerge from wood they are fully grown beetles that have eaten a lot more than their entire weight in wood. Leave them unchecked and you have a serious problem on your hands.


There’s more than one type of wood pests that can cause serious damage to your wooden stumps. The best thing you can do about it is be prepared and take action immediately after you notice the early signs. Arranging regular inspections might also be useful. For advice and professional underpinning services do not hesitate to get in touch.