Wood Destroying Insects

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termites
Subterranean termites in Michigan are the most damaging insects of wood. Their presence is hard to notice, and damage usually is found before the termites are seen. Prevent infestations because if they occur, they will almost always need professional pest-control service.

Signs of Infestation

Generally, the first sign of infestation is the presence of swarming termites on the window or near an indoor light. If they are found inside the house, it almost always means that they have infested. Other signs that may be seen are termite wings on window sills or in cobwebs, and shelter tubes, which are tunnels constructed by the termites from soil or wood and debris. Usually, the wood damage is not found at first, but when it is seen, it reveals a termite infestation. Anywhere wood touches soil is a possible entry into a home for termites. Examine wood which sounds dull or hollow when struck by a screwdriver or hammer. Inspect suspected areas with a sharp, pointed tool, such as an ice pick, to find termite galleries or their damage.
Control
Control measures include reducing the potential infestation, preventing termite entry, and applying chemicals for remedial treatment.

Inspection

Contact Innovative Home Inspection to determine if there are an infestation, damage, and conditions that could invite a termite attack or the need for remedial control measures. The tools and equipment needed for inspection include a flashlight, ice pick or sharp-pointed screwdriver, ladder, and protective clothing. We provide pest inspections throughout SE Michigan including Belleville MI, Canton MI, Livonia MI, Northville MI, Novi MI, Plymouth MI, Redford MI, Wayne MI, Westland MI, and Ypsilanti MI.
To find termite galleries or their damage.

Control

Control measures include reducing the potential infestation, preventing termite entry, and applying chemicals for remedial treatment.

Inspection

Contact Innovative Home Inspection to determine if there are an infestation, damage, and conditions that could invite a termite attack or the need for remedial control measures. The tools and equipment needed for inspection include a flashlight, ice pick or sharp-pointed screwdriver, ladder, and protective clothing. We provide pest inspections throughout SE Michigan including Belleville MI, Canton MI, Livonia MI, Northville MI, Novi MI, Plymouth MI, Redford MI, Wayne MI, Westland MI, and Ypsilanti MI.

Outdoors

Check the foundation of the house, garage and other buildings for shelter tubes coming from the soil. Look carefully around porches, connecting patios, sidewalks, areas near kitchens and bathrooms, and hard-to-see places. Check window and door frames, and where utility services enter the house for termite infestation or wood decay. Also, look behind shrubbery and plants near walls. Pay particular attention to areas where earth and wood meet, such as fences, stair carriages, and trellises. Open and check any exterior electrical meter or fuse box set into the wall, a common point of infestation.

Indoors

Carefully check all doors, window facings, baseboards, and hardwood flooring. Discoloration or stains on walls or ceilings may mean that water is leaking and can decay wood, and this can aid termite infestation. It is essential to inspect where plumbing and utility pipes enter the foundation and flooring. Also, examine the attic for shelter tubes, water leakage, and wood damage.