There are many types of wood destroying organisms, but there are only a few that are of structural significance. Those wood destroying organisms that can do real damage to your property are split into two categories: Wood Destroying Insects and Wood Decay Fungi.
About Wood Destroying Insects
Wood destroying insects fall into two categories: re-infesting and non-re-infesting. Non-re-infesting insects cause limited and usually inconsequential damage. Damage is limited to the insects currently infesting the wood. They do not produce offspring that will continue to infest and damage the wood. Once the infesting insects have completed their life cycle and die, the infestation ends, and the damage stops. They are therefore of limited to low structural significance.
About Wood Decay Fungi
Wood decay fungi fall into two main categories: water-conducting fungi and non-water-conducting fungi.
Non-water-conducting fungi must have wood with a high wood moisture content to grow and spread. Lowering the wood moisture content will cause the fungus to cease to grow and spread. (see Moisture Control)
Water-conducting fungi do not require wood to have a native high wood moisture content to grow and spread; they can translocate water/moisture from an area of high concentration to low concentration. Controlling this type of fungus is often complicated and usually involves the use of special products to kill and deter the fungus.
How You Can Fight Back!
We at Adam's Pest Solutions offer FREE wood destroying organism inspections for all structures not listed for sale. If we find any in your home or commercial property, we'll put together a treatment plan that will eradicate these organisms for the foreseeable future.
If you suspect you might have any wood destroying organisms in or around your home or commercial property, you need a thorough inspection.
Call us today to schedule your Free inspection!
Wood-Destroying Organisms & WDIRs
Finding Out If Your Property Has Wood Destroying Organisms
There are two types of termite inspections that can be offered to property owners concerned about wood destroying organisms: informal inspections and formal inspections, often known as WDIRs.
Informal wood destroying organism inspections (often referred to as termite or pest inspections) offer a broader spectrum of reporting. The inspector will check for moisture conditions, presence or absence of wood decay fungus, conducive conditions, the presence or absence of wood destroying insects (such as termites, powder post beetles, old house boring beetles, etc.) or evidence that they have been there, and/or other pest issues. This sort of inspection is usually ordered for the peace of mind of the property owner and allows problems to be taken care of quickly if they are found.
We at Adam's Pest Solutions offer free informal inspections of properties not listed for sale.
Formal Inspections or WDIRs
In North Carolina, formal wood destroying insect inspections, often referred to as WDIRs, are written on a WDIR 100 form. According to the NCDA Rules and Regulations, a WDIR is the only kind of inspection that can be completed for a structure that is for sale. The purpose of this report is to inform an owner or a buyer of residential property the status of the property with regards to wood destroying insects (such as termites, powder post beetles, old house borers, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees) as well as what conditions, if any, exist that may be conducive to wood destroying insects. The lender often requires this document to be produced at closing.
The inspection should be from attic to crawlspace/basement, with every room inspected. The scope of the report is limited by NC law to wood destroying insects only. Wood decay fungi cannot be reported, nor the presence of other insects that are not wood destroying insects. Reporting of activity is limited in scope to those on, in, or under the structure. That is why these inspections are best paired with a home inspection from a qualified home inspector. We can recommend one or will happily work with one you've already chosen, so you can get the best inspection possible.
Call Adam's Pest Solutions today for your Informal or Formal WDIR inspection.
Pre-Construction Termite Treatments
Protecting Your Property Before Construction is Complete
By law, all structures built in North Carolina require a pre-construction preventative termite treatment. There are four types of preconstruction treatments accepted in the state: liquid pre-treatments, borate pre-treatments, baiting system pre-treatments, and Termimesh termite barriers.
Pre-construction treatments are usually performed by builders, contractors, and occasionally the future owners themselves. The treatment varies slightly depending on the type of construction: crawlspace, slab, basement, stilt, or a combination of those.
Knowing how to perform a proper treatment, whether it is on a simple addition or detached building like a garage, residential home, or even a large commercial building or complex, is essential for proper control and minimizing costs.
Don't take chances with your pre-construction termite treatment. Call Adam's Pest Solutions today!
Post-Construction Termite Treatments
Protecting Your Property After Construction is Complete
There are two types of post-construction treatments accepted in North Carolina: Baiting Systems and Liquid Treatments.
Baiting systems usually involve the installation of bait stations below ground with a top access port at or near grade at regular intervals. They work by intercepting foraging termites and ultimately enticing them to consume and share bait impregnated with a termiticide.
There are several different systems to choose from. Each operates slightly differently from the others, and each has its pluses and minuses.
Liquid treatments, unlike bait stations, provide a physical barrier to termites. There are a variety of liquid termiticides that offer different modes of action and different minimum lifespans. Some repel termites without actually killing them, while some kill the entire colony. Some last 5 years, others a decade or more. Costs of termiticides can vary greatly in price, usually with the longer lasting, most effective products costing more.
Making the Right Choice
Some companies will offer you a choice of products; others don't. Understanding what you're buying is critical to making an intelligent choice. Don't let a company choose for you; most of the time, the company will pick is what is best for them, not you. We at Adam's Pest Solutions always educate our customers about the different options, and we do so in simple, easy-to-understand language, so you can make an educated choice. Understanding what you are getting for your dollar is essential when deciding on a treatment.
Keep in mind, too, that some companies will continue to make yearly inspections and collect their yearly fee long after the termiticide protecting the structure has worn off. When outbreaks do occur under the warranty, they simply treat that area without retreating the whole structure. When damage does occur, often these companies don't willingly pay for damages and may even have exclusions so that they don't have to. Just treating the area may be fine if the termite barrier is intact. However, if there is no barrier, it is a substandard method of treatment. It is like patching a hole in a tire, which works fine as long as you have a tire. But what good is a patch if there is no tire?
On the other hand, we at Adam's Pest Solutions always inform our customers when the termiticide has reached its minimum lifespan and offer to renew their barrier. We give you the tools you need to keep your property protected from termites, today and long into the future. So make the right choice, and give us a call today!