In the Ohio area there are four main wood destroying insects. They are termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles. Termites are the most common of the four, but all four are found in Ohio and can cause serious structural damage if not found and treated properly. Having a wood destroying pest inspection completed is the only way to be certain none of these pests are sharing your home with you. When purchasing a home it is vital to have a wood destroying inspection done so you, the buyer, are protected from the unexpected expenses that come with having wood destroying insects. These expenses can include replacing all the wood supports in a home if the infestation is wide spread and has been going on for a long time unnoticed. It is estimated that in the United States termites alone do over $5 billion of damage annually to homes. Subterranean termites (the kind we have in Ohio) eat 24/7, making them the most destructive type of termite found in the U.S.
After completing a wood destroying pest inspection the inspector will give the customer a filled out wood destroying pest inspection report. This report will highlight whether any evidence of wood destroying insects was found as well as where it was found, if there is evidence of a previous infestation that has since been eliminated, and a recommendation for treatment, if necessary.