Termite/WDI Inspection

Price : $85.00

Wood destroying insects are a concern in any home with a wooden structure or components. Failure to properly identify and deal with the presence of WDI (Wood destroying insects) can lead to damage to the structure and other wooden components of the house and create the need for expensive repairs.

Subterranean Termites

termite inspection

 

Subterranean termites are the most common termite in the United States. A mature colony has from 60K to 300K workers. The average colony can consume a one foot length of 2x4 in 118 days. Subterranean termites can enter a home through a crack or void as small as 1/64" in the slab or wall, any lumber in contact with the soil, an earth filled stoop, expansion joints, behind brick veneer, and through rigid foam insulation in contact with the soil. Subterranean termites have three primary needs: food, which to the Subterranean termite is anything made of cellulose (i.e. wood, cardboard, books); a constant source of moisture, and shelter which is provided to the soil. Subterranean termite workers are creamy white in appearance and the most plentiful caste in the colony. They forage for food to feed themselves and the rest of the colony. They create tunnels from mud (commonly called shelter tubes) to move above ground.

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ant inspection

 

The carpenter ant hollows out wood to create nests called galleries. Though they do not eat the wood, the boring activity canlead to structural damage in wood components. The by-product of the boring is called frass and looks similar to sawdust or pencil shavings. Frass is the most common evidence of carpenter ant infestation.

 

 

 

 

Carpenter Bees

carpenter bee inspection

 

The carpenter bee hollows out wood to create nests called galleries. The carpenter bee does not live in the nest but stays in the nest to rear their young. The nest opening is a perfect half-inch circle. The nest itself may extend anywhere from four (4) inches (for a new nest with one bee) to 10 feet (for older nests with several bees). Carpenter bees generally nest in weathered or unpainted wood. They lay their eggs in the nest and seal them with a chewed wood pulp plug. The bees then emerge from the hole in the Spring.