Termites Woodborers

Termite mud tunnelTermites, powder post beetles, carpenter bees and ants are the focus here.  Termites and beetles are the primary concern because they are much more destructive.  Did you know there are 2200 termite species worldwide and 45 of those are in the United States?  New Jersey has only subterranean termites which come from the soil to eat and digest any cellulose (wood containing matter).  They thrive where cellulose and high moisture exist, therefore it is essential that moisture drains away from your  dwelling and wood products are up and away from the finish grade.  Termites can have colonies of over 1,000,000 and can eat one pound of wood per day.  Termites appear similar to winged ants except they have non-segmented bodies, four wings of equal length and straight antennas (not elbowed like ants).

Termite damagePower Post Beetles enter a home already embedded inside wood members (usually large timbers in older homes).  They too can be devastating to your homes structural integrity.  They kick out their frass (sawdust like powder) from small 1\16 inch holes they create in the wood.

Termite joist damagePolo & Associates offers a wood destroying insect inspection at a discounted rate when combined with our most popular package. This package includes a comprehensive home inspection, radon testing and a wood destroying insects certification all at a $70.00 savings! Call us today!

Polo & Associates inspects for termites and beetles by "sounding" and probing wood members along with visual means.  At times a combustible gas detector can be used.  This device detects methane gas that termites expel.


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