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Termite/Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
Wood destroying insects describes a group of insects that can damage wood and other building materials in many ways. The most common types are termites, carpenter ants, bark beetles, and wood borers, powder post beetles, and carpenter bees.
A WDI Inspection is highly recommended because these insects can be present long before you notice them. It is especially important to accurately identify what pest you are dealing with so that you can take the appropriate action. Having a trained professional look for these insects before you notice a problem will save you time and money.
RHI will check areas around the home and in the basement or crawlspace. Your inspector will use a rounded screwdriver to perform a sound test. Sounding is a non-invasive technique utilized to listen for hollow spots behind the walls. Hearing a hollow spot might indicate termite activity. Your inspector will also look for shelter tubes, frass, exit holes, or physical damage. All of these could indicate an infestation.
Your inspectors will also use a flashlight throughout the interior to check for shadows on the walls. If shadows are found, that typically indicates tunnels in the drywall. Inspectors will also check the attic area and crawlspaces. Sometimes infestations found in these areas are only found in the wood structure. Proper identification of these wood-destroying insects aids in creating a treatment plan.
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