Termite & Wood Destroying Insect Damage

Wood rafters in basement with termite damage.

Termites and other wood destroying insects (WDI) cause almost $2 billion in damage annually according to surveys. Unfortunately, without annual inspections, WDI can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home.

Termites constantly forage and evaluate the size and quality of food resources as they seek out cellulose, the primary component of wood. Termites follow tree roots and construction conduits such as pipes, concrete steps and footers to gain entry into homes. Termites can enter a home with an opening as small as 1/32”. They can be in your home for several years with very few visible signs of activity. They prefer sandy soil, however there can still be colonies in rocky soil.

Termites and other WDI can cause damage to the structure in hidden areas, behind walls, in crawl spaces and basements. When considering the purchase of a new home it is highly recommended that you have the property inspected for termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and other wood destroying insects. Many lenders such as FHA, CHFA, and VA will require a termite inspection be done as a condition to receiving the mortgage. Check with your lender to see if this applies to you.

East Coast Home Inspections works with several contracted licensed inspectors that combined have more than 40 years experience in both identifying and treating for wood destroying insects. If termites or other WDI are present, our pest management professionals can show you what your options are to eliminate them from your home.

For additional information please visit:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
State of CT Department Environmental Protection (DEP)
Massachusetts Department Environmental Protection (DEP)

The information contained on this page is not exhaustive and is meant only as an overview.  For complete documentation on this subject please contact Local, State or Federal heath officials