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We provide a more lengthy case study of a termite inspection that found severe, covered-up and improperly-repaired termite damage at TERMITE DAMAGE INSPECTION.
Our termite damage photograph at below left illustrates that carpenter ant activity (frass or loose "sawdust) may be found in the same location as termite activity (the mud tubes).
Our photograph at below left shows two signs that should tip off any inspector of a high risk of hidden insect damage: the wood siding is brought close to the ground, perhaps also at a building corner where a downspout or roof drainage spills. Our second insect damage risk indicator is the photo at below right: a collection of pesticides, some of them perhaps old and no longer permitted for use by homeowners, found in the building is often a clue that termite or other insect poisoning or treatment was performed by someone other than a licensed pest control applicator - risking not only incompetent ineffective work, but possibly environmental contamination that can be a risk even to the building occupants.
A competent onsite inspection by an expert usually finds additional clues that help accurately diagnose a problem including evidence of present or prior wood destroying activity at a building (termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, carpenter bees, other wood destroying insects (WDI)) or an experienced inspector can cite construction details that increase the risk of a termite or other WDI attack in the future.
Because insect damage on buildings is very often related to locations of water leaks or moisture traps, readers should also see WATER ENTRY in BUILDINGS. When observing termite damage such as in the wood framing members in our photo at below left, an expert will explore adjacent members (probing and visual inspection) as well as the infected members to discover the extent of damage. At above right our screwdriver has fully penetrated the sill plate at the bottom of an interior partition wall in a home where we found extensive termite damage. Wood destroying insects may enter a single wood member such as a floor joist and travel along just that member, or depending on site conditions and age of the WDI infestation, many structural members may be involved. The photographs of drywood termites and termite damage shown here illustrate termite damage in the Southeastern U.S. Here we see an example of insect attack on a wood component that was not in ground contact and was not exposed to an unusual water source or leak. In the insect damage photo above we illustrate what we think is not termite damage but wood borer damage to an antique wood door, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. In general, termites' natural home is in the soil where they attack wood below ground, coming up to higher wood found where there is convenient access, and, depending on the species, moisture. Indeed, our test-cut sliver of test wood taken rom the rim joist was confirmed by a chemical test laboratory as having been soaked with Chlordane - a toxic chemical with a long half-life. This means you will want to inspect the structure for prior termite damage in order to be sure that further repairs or treatment are not needed.
At Carpenter Bee Holes & Powder Post Beetle Holes we show other holes in wood that are made by insects but that are sometimes mistaken for electric drill holes. In our powder post beetle photos above, while there was significant beam damage, the infestation did not appear active. We look for the presence of fine wood powder around the insect exit holes or on the ground below the damaged infected member as indications of recent insect activity. Watch out: don't assume that because there is a masonry block, brick, or stone foundation that a building is termite proof, even when there is good clearance between the soil top and wood framing.
When termites are discovered attacking one of the tasty wooden bait stakes, the stake is replaced (by the PCO) with one containing a chemical intended to poison the termites.
Some may not realize at first that the cost of this termite damage prevention system is more than the initial cost of installing the termite bait traps. Watch out: If the termite bait trap system is not being regularly inspected, you have put out termite-attracting wood around the building perimeter without following through with the proper steps, and in our OPINION you may actually have increased the risk of a termite attack.
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If on the other hand, your inspection of the roof or ceiling structure found extremen rot or insect damage (risking a dangerous collapse) that would be an urgent problem needing temporary support, strutural repairs, etc. In more temperate or humid climates where trees are more likely to be overhanging a building, termites will most often enter a building through soil around the structure, finding a passage through wood in contact with or close to the soil. Finally, you should indeed trim back tree limbs overhanging and close to the roof surface, to reduce the accumulation of leaves and debris that can damage the roof or clog its gutters. Termite damage may be extensive, especially if these are termites that entered the attic structure by working their way up from ground level.
Before lowering the price of the house based on arm-waving and posssibly self-serving speculation, I'd suggest obtaining an expert and thorough damage assessment inspection and estimates of the repair cost. Nicki, in my experience, by the time you see stalactites of mud tubes hanging down from a ceiling or for that matter termits in the framing of a building ceiling the termite damage may be fairly extensive.
Some demolition - removal of ceiling materials and possibly other surface coverings on walls - will be appropriate to evaluate the extent of damage. Depending on how much wood framing has been termite-damaged your building may need structural repairs.
Termite Damage Case Study#2 - very limited visual access inside a building made this inspection for structural damage tough. First things first, termites (like Coptotermes and Reticulitermes) often destroy wood from within, leaving hardly any indication from the outside.
Nonetheless, thin cracks near the base of the wooden frame or beam, or the presence of soil aggregations as shown in the photos below usually suggest the presence of termites.
A common mistake made is to assume wood with holes in them as in the photo below, as being infested by termites. With drywood termites (like Cryptotermes species), one fortunate thing is the damage is often slow going and limited in extent, because their colonies tend to be small and grow very slowly. The common signs of drywood termites are the appearance of small fissures and cracks near the wood surface and tiny fecal pellets comprising their droppings (called frass) which they discharge from their nests; these pellets may look like granulated sawdust. Above – A sign of drywood termite infestation is exposed galleries along the edges and corners of wooden objects.
Above – Drywood termite droppings are often found around the wood in which they infest. Woodworm Infestation or Wood Boring Beetle, as it is commonly referred to, is found in many residential and commercial buildings.
If the homeowners had known what to look for, this may have been caught before the damage was so severe.
The hanging mud tubes are the critters' exploration for another wood contact avenue besides the beam that they already infest. Water plus wood plus proximity to the ground surface add up to a high risk of insect attack. Best practice is to remove wood forms close to or in contact with the soil around a building. If you were to leave a 2x6 piece of wood in the yard, they would cover it with their mud but they would not eat into it. This do-it-yourself termite treatment involved drilling and spraying a termiticide or chemical onto and into the wood.


The building needed further evaluation for the extent of chemical contamination in order to decide if remediation (removal or sealing of treated wood) would be needed.
While to an experienced eye, holes in wood caused by insects are easily distinguished from those caused by humans using a drill or hammer and nail, on occasion someone is fooled. Some pest control operators (PCOs) also spray paint the wood surfaces in order to make it easier to spot a renewal of insect activity in the future. With sufficient invitation (leaks, water) termites find easy passages trough stone, concrete block and brick foundation walls to wood framed sills, rim joists, and floor structures above. While carpenter ants too prefer wood close to soil as an invasion pathway into a building, unlike termites carpenter ants are perfectly happy wandering around in the open, including exploring live trees and occasionally falling off, jumping off, or blowing off of such trees onto a building surface. How long did it take for termites to be there before the visible eye could see this damage. The powder post beetle is especially destructive to woodwork and to furniture because it destroys the interior of wood, leaving a paper-thin layer of wood or paint on the outside. Understandably, early termite detection is vital if you want to prevent large scale damage to your home, of which a large colony is capable of accomplishing – in a few months. As the photos below show, from the surface wood may seem solid, but from the inside, it has been riddled with termite galleries. The termites have been in this house for many years, and this sign is that there is a large infestation that has caused sever damage to the house. As you can see form the cob webs, they rarely went there, and did not clean well, so the damage was missed until it was severe. Here we illustrate two cases of holes that are caused by insects, not mechanical events on buildings: powder post beetle holes in wood, and carpenter bee holes in wood.
They enter wood through tiny openings and excavate galleries.  The leave a fine frass as they excavate wooden timbers. If the wood is heavily damaged, it will crack or puncture easily (being hollow), but by then it’s too late to save the wood anyway (the wood will sound hollow when tapped)! Termites can even go to the extent of constructing such tubes bridging wood and soil separated by an empty space. Also, when they have finished eating out the wood in an area, they will abandon their tubes. Termites do not bore nice looking holes in wood; they construct galleries and chambers, while eating the wood out in the process.
Sound timbers can be effectively treated using sovereign insecticide, which eradicates existing infestations and provides future protection to the timbers.Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)Superficially looks similar to Common furniture beetle, with holes approximately 2mm, but only attacks the sapwood of wide-pored hardwoods such as oak, elm and obeche. Normally only found in items of recently imported hardwoods.Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)Damage looks like large furniture beetle, with holes around 3mm, often with extensive tunnelling.



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