Most homeowners are primarily concerned about termites. However, there are actually a number of more common wood-destroying insects in Ohio. Carpenter ants, for example, are a huge problem in our area. In 2017, they were our third most popular service. That’s why our W.D.I. Inspection covers all of the following pests.
- Carpenter ants are nocturnal. Therefore, our team is trained to search for the damage they leave behind.
- Many homes in our area are prone to carpenter bees. While they won’t eat your home from the inside out, they can still cause plenty of damage.
- We’ll also search for powder post beetles. Powder post beetles are a big concern in older structures. You can also find them in areas with high moisture.
- Aside from these major wood-destroying insects, we also sometimes find weevils and other such insects. We’ll list these on the report if we come across them, or signs of their damage.
Where We Inspect
We will, of course, thoroughly inspect the main structure. In addition, we’ll also inspect anything connected to the home, such as attached garages, additions, and decks. If an attached structure has termites, the pests can easily get to the main structure. If you require a detached structure to be inspected, you must request so specifically.
On the other hand, we do not inspect things like wood piles, mulch, and landscape timbers as part of the W.D.I. report unless they are inside a covered structure. In addition, our inspection does not cover fence posts.
Keep in mind that there are other environmental situations that could eventually lead to a structural issue, but won’t be marked against you on the inspection. For example, if a tree in your your is infested with carpenter ants, we will only note this in the additional comments section; it will have no bearing on whether you pass or fail the inspection. Additionally, many homes have soil piled up too high against the garage foundation, which creates a highly conducive environment for wood-destroying organisms. This is another scenario that won’t influence pass/fail, but will be noted in the additional comments section.
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