Professional Inspections for Wood Destroying Insects

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Evaluating and Reporting the Presence of Wood Destroying Insects

A wood destroying insect inspection is an assessment carried out by a certified pest control professional for the purpose of evaluating the presence of wood destroying insects in a home or business. Wood destroying insect inspection reports are required for VA mortgages and VA home refinancing, and may be required for conventional refinances, HUD mortgages, or general building inspections. In conventional real estate transactions, it is not uncommon for buyers to request a wood destroying insect inspection before agreeing to purchase a property. Be in the know regarding major purchases and contact Creature Control today to schedule your inspection.

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Common Wood-Destroying Insects in Michigan

The most well-known wood destroying insect is the termite. Termites feed on moist or decaying wood and can do a lot of damage to a home once infested. Termites, however, are not native to Michigan and are typically not found here except in the southernmost counties bordering Indiana.

Carpenter ants are the most common wood-destroying insect in Michigan. They dig tunnels out of moist or rotting wood to build their homes and unfortunately, many do not see evidence of an infestation until the ant colony is already quite advanced. Even though these ants are small, the damage a colony can cause on a structure can be significant

Powderpost beetles are wood-boring beetles that lay their eggs in porous wood. When the larvae hatch, they create tunnels as they feed on the wood. From larvae to pupae to adulthood, the lifecycle of a powderpost beetle occurs over a few years, meaning they spend the majority of their life eating the wood within your home before they burrow their way out, leaving behind a tiny pinhole.

Carpenter bees are also wood-destroying insects common in Michigan. The appearance of these large, round bees is often accompanied by the discovery of several small, perfectly round holes in the side of the house as if somebody had drilled holes into the siding. Carpenter bees dig their nests into wood, oftentimes homes with wooden exteriors, but it's their larvae that hatches that really does the damage as they will begin expanding the nest of tunnels within your home’s structure.

What Does a Wood-Destroying Inspection Consist Of?

A wood-destroying insect inspection takes a minimum of one hour to complete. During inspections, Creature Control's technicians do a thorough evaluation of the structure, looking for signs of wood-destroying insect activity: live insects, dead insects, boring activity, exit holes, frass (powdery excreta of insects), sawdust, or shelter tubes. Our technician will note what evidence of insect activity is seen and any visible damage created from wood-destroying insects will be documented. If there is no evidence of wood-destroying insects, this too will be recorded.

Besides the main level of the home, the technician will need access to basements, crawlspaces, attics, garages, the exterior perimeter of the structure, including porches and decks, and any additions. If a technician cannot get access to one or all of these areas, this will be noted in the report. The technician may then note some recommendations about how to deal with any problems.

All of the findings and suggestions are documented on the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report, which you will be given a copy of after the inspection. The technical name for this form is "Form NPMA-33", issued by the National Pest Management Association. Any company you hire to perform this inspection should be using Form NPMA-33, which is the standardized form to complete these inspections.