Carpenter Ants are ¼ to ½ inch long black or reddish-black pests (there are also slightly larger, winged reproductive forms that leave the nests in spring and early summer) that destroy wood and wood-like structures in and around homes, while giving painful bites to humans.
Carpenter Bees closely resemble bumblebees in appearance and size. The top of their abdomen is shiny black and hairless. They rarely sting.
Termites are wood-feeding insects that cause significant amounts of damage to property all over the country. Although there are about 45 species of termites, ranging in color from black/brown to red/yellow, the most common Termites are white and wingless. One particular termite, the Drywood Termite, leaves small brown fecal pellets near the entry holes of wood.