Termite Inspections
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Termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) and wood-destroying organisms (WDO). The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior and exterior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements, crawlspaces and the attic may also be accessed and inspected.) After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported so that we may give you a complete and accurate estimate.

Structural Pests (wood-destroying insects and organisms)

no img Subterranean Termites

are very destructive. They live in the soil, building tunnels to wooden structures where they burrow into the wood seeking food. Food for a termite is any wood or material containing cellulose. Given time, they'll eat until nothing is left but a shell. Subterranean termites are often first detected when they swarm, but a professional inspection can uncover their existence and their shelter tubes.

no img Drywood Termites

live in wood and can be identified by the piles of fecal pellets that are pushed out of infested wood. Drywood termites live in the wood of a building and are often found in attics, door and window frames, and crawl spaces, where unprotected wood can be infested without the homeowner being aware of their presence.

no img Wood Destroying Beetles

The three most common families of beetles in Northern California that invade and damage structural and decorative wood and furniture are the powderpost beetles (Lyctidae), deathwatch beetles (Anobiidae) and false powderpost beetles (Bostrichiade).

no img Carpenter Ants

are some of the largest ants that you may encounter around your home. They prefer to create their colonies inside of wood and excavate the wood for nesting space. Frequently, a colony of Carpenter Ants will leave little piles of sawdust or “frass” beneath areas in which they are actively working as they expand the cavities where they will live and create channels for movement. While they do not actually consume wood as food, they can be a nuisance and eventually cause significant damage

no img Carpenter Bees

resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black. Bumble bees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings. Carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. Bare, unpainted or weathered woods are preferred. Painted or pressure treated woods are less susceptible to attack.

no img Dry Rot & Fungi Control

Often wood destroying fungi can cause more damage than termites in our area. Fungus growth is caused by poor ventilation, excess moisture, or water leaks (leaking sinks, toilets, showers, etc.) The "dry rot" is what is left over after the wood is consumed by the harmful fungi. It is important to have a professional termite inspection, which is actually a wood destroying organism inspection, to identify the pests and levels of structural damage which you will need to have repaired in order to protect your home.

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