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Protecting your home from Wood Boring Insect damage

Wood Boring Insects infest more than 700,000 homes each and every year. Your home is your biggest financial investment, and protecting it against Wood Boring Insects should be a high priority. If left unchecked, insects can systematically destroy your home and any valuable wood objects within it. Nonetheless, any discovery of insects in your home means making some difficult choices as to what steps to take in order to prevent any further damage.

A WBI inspection is usually a big deal for most of my clients. If you had a home inspection performed and it included a WBI inspection, please review your WBI report to determine if evidence of insect activity was found on your prospective property. If evidence of Wood Boring Insect activity was noted, I recommend an exterminator be contacted for treatment as soon as possible and to have a licensed Carpenter evaluate and estimate repairs for replacement of any damaged areas to include determining if hidden damage exists behind the finished walls.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Valley • January 22 2009 10:22AM


WBI inspections are extremely important and clients need to find an inspector they can trust.  Good Post David.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jack.


Most homeowners don't even realize how much damage can actually occur behind those finished surfaces of a home. I find wood boring insect damage in 20% of the homes that I inspect.

And with todays awesome Infrared technology and my Thermography training and experience, I'm now locating Termite damage behind concealed studs...


Posted by David Valley, Massachusetts Home Inspections (Massachusetts Home Inspections) about 12 years ago

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