Wood-destroying insects are attracted to moisture and seek it out, so it’s imperative to keep your home dry. This moisture may come from issues such as plumbing leaks, water intrusion, and improper ventilation.
Good news, though: If your home is dry, these wood destroying insects will not have any interest in your home’s wood elements. So, keep on top of the moisture, and you stay on top of the problem.
I recently came across active water and insect activity/damage while inspecting a laundry room facility in a house on Whidbey Island. In my report, I noted insect frass, delaminated floor coverings, and saturation when probed with a moisture meter. I also noted the possibility of underlying damage not visible without invasive inspection.
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