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). Power
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. Polo &
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
& 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.