Wood-destroying insects can seriously damage the structure of a house or building. The insects live off the cellulose found in the wood that frames a house. Over time, this damage can compromise the structural integrity of a home. This can lead to costly repairs if the problem is not found and no corrective action is taken.
Many housing transactions require that a wood-destroying insect inspection be conducted. A wood-destroying insect inspection usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the size and complexity of the home. Resluts of the inspection are reported on National Pest Management Association form 33 (NPMA-33) as required by state law. If the inspection finds evidence of wood-destroying insects, recommendations can be made whether an exterminator or structural engineer should be consulted.
There are five types of wood-destroying insects that must be reported in the state of Ohio; they are, subterranean termites, drywood termites, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees.
Termites are the most common wood-destroying insect in Ohio. There are two basic types of termites: subterranean and drywood.
The following map shows Ohio to be in an area with a moderate to heavy risk for termite infestation.
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