This week I had a long time customer call me about a house he had just bought. He asked me to come out and take a look at it as he had just gutted the entire structure for a major remodel. During a routine inspection for termites or any wood destroying insect, we don’t have the luxury of dismantling a structure to see what is behind or inside the walls. Or what is in between floors. We do use different types of inspection tools and techniques such as infrared cameras and scopes.
Anyway this house was opened up to the studs for a full inspection. The builder showed us a band sill that he said termites had damaged. After inspection we determined it wasn’t termites, but a massive infestation of the Old House Borer. Lake Norman area has several types of wood destroying insects in the area. Many times termites are and termite damage are mistaken for other species.
In this case the Old House Borer, which is a wood destroying insect had destroyed the subfloor of this house and had even infested the joists.
Powder post beetles and Old House Borer beetles can do severe damage if not tended too. The crawlspace had levels of moisture of 20 percent in the wood joist. 20 percent moisture is a favorable environment of termites, mold, fungi and pretty much all wood destroying insects.
The Old House Borer leaves an oblong oval hole in wood members. I have attached some photos for you to see the severity of damage. One side of the board looks fine, the other side is destroyed. The insulation had to be removed to treat for this pest and the repairs took several weeks to correct the damaged areas.
Often I hear folks say “I have never had termites or a pest problems in my house” then sometime later they say they were surprised when they finally get an inspection and it reveals major damage.
Wood destroying insects do their damage to your home non stop and most of the time a homeowner will not see them until it is too late and the damage is done.
Have your home inspected by our team today and give yourself piece of mind. If there is an infestation, you can rest assured we will take care of it.
Call Innovative Pest Management today for your inspection. (704-489-BUGS)
Ronnie Caldwell Licensee