Discovering pest infestations during a home renovation can be a disconcerting twist in an otherwise exciting project. Whether it’s rodents, insects, or termites, these unwanted intruders can pose serious issues for the structural integrity and safety of the home. Infestations may become evident when walls are opened, insulation is removed, or hidden spaces are exposed. Addressing the problem is vital, not only to protect the integrity of the renovation work but also to prevent health hazards and structural damage. Professionals may need to be brought in to assess and eradicate the infestation, followed by any necessary repairs or remediation.
A termite inspection is common and a great idea before purchasing a home. Inspectors call this a Wood Destroying Organisms inspection, as termites aren’t the only ones that may cause damage in this way. A qualified inspector will look for the small details the untrained eye might miss. They’ll also look at your property for conditions that might lead to future infestations, including firewood and debris, wood siding touching soil, mulching materials, landscape timbers and deteriorated wood nearby. According to Turner Pest, “Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and are known as ‘silent destroyers’ because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.”