A proper pest and termite inspection is critical to protecting you and your home. Termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and other pests can be one of the most damaging things to your home. Many times when we find a major structural defect, it has to do with wood destroying insects. So that is one of the many reasons why you should always get a pest/termite inspection with every home inspection.
The main types of termites here in Kansas and Missouri are subterranean, which nest in the soil; damp wood termites, which infest and damage damp wood; and of course dry wood termites, which infest and damage dry wood. Subterranean termites (As seen in the picture above) tend to be the most destructive termite species of the three mentioned and damage wood from underground. These types of termites have become a destructive element in the home today because they are very difficult to find it is not until there is usually extensive damage and infestation that this type of termite is are seen. A trained eye and a great deal of experience are required to be able to inspect for termites, especially subterranean ones.
1: Mud Tubes
Mud tubes are one of the primary ways to find and identify termites. They build these tubes so as to travel and get to new areas of wood. As you can see in the picture above, they are relatively hard to miss. The only problem with htis is that when you find the mud tubes this size they have usually been around for a while.
Termites grow wings during the spawning stage and then shed them when they find a suitable area. Finding these wings in a home can indicate that they are working through the structure.
This seems like an obvious one, but remember that their damage can be difficult to find. One of the most common mistakes that is made is mistaking termite damage for carpenter ant damage or other WDI damage. Be sure to have a professional identify the damage if you find it.
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