Every year thousands of homes are attacked by termites or other wood destroying insects. Home buyers & owners need to know if these pests are present before investing money.
Our visual inspection is performed on all readily accessible areas including basements, crawl spaces and attics which are prone to wood destroying insects. The Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (Form NPMA-33) is an accepted document by leading institutions; Fannie Mae, HUD, VA ect… for use in an Ohio Real Estate Transaction.
Wood Destroying Insects (WDI): The four types of insects referred to as wood destroying insects are termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood boring beetles.
Termites are the most common insect that can do extensive damage to a wooden structure since termites actually consume wood. The type of termite commonly found in Northeast Ohio is the subterranean termite. They like to set up their colonies near a food and water source. Termites may need a few years to cause considerable problems to a home. Regular inspections and early detection can prevent major damage to a house or building.
Carpenter Ants are another common type of wood destroying insect. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood but rather are nesting in it. Generally, carpenter ants do not do the amount of damage that a termite colony can, although treating a carpenter ant colony can take some time and skill.
Carpenter Bees do not consume wood but rather are trying to nest in it also. Areas of wood siding and trim are the most common locations where carpenter bees can be found. Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees but instead have a black shiny tail section. Male carpenter bees do not have stingers but this doesn’t mean they won’t harass people who happen to be near their nest. Females do have stingers but rarely use them.
Wood Boring Beetles can infest wood floors, furniture, wood trim, etc. Complex galleries are sometimes found in lumber. They often nest inside of wood and lay their eggs. They can also be brought into a home from the inside of old furniture.
Pests can do extensive damage to a home if left unchecked for a period of time. Almost every home is potentially susceptible to these insects.