Online Test: More Wood Destruction Than is Necessary

Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207

I post photos that are used in many of my online tests here at Active Rain. It is a great venue in which to do so. It is reliable and the photos work out great.

I am in the process of updating a test right now. I thought that I would post a number of the photos that will be in my test. This runs the gamut. Just about any type of wood destroying insect you can think of is represented. We have carpenter ants, moisture ants, four types of wood boring beetles, two types of termites, rot. You can take a look at the photos below and see just how destructive some of these creates can be. Nice shots of mold here as well. You want to keep these critters and fungi away from your wood!
















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Steven L. Smith

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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

Geez.....some of that looks pretty nasty....

Jul 15, 2010 06:05 PM #1
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

I can see that you have collected an extensive array of damaged wood photos over the years. It shows your dedication and organizational skills. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 15, 2010 06:17 PM #2
Will Handley
Progressive Inspection Service - Dana Point, CA
Certified Master Inspection Services

Life in the termite biz!

Jul 15, 2010 07:11 PM #3
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Hey I recognize some of those pictures----I love moisture ant carton.

Jul 15, 2010 08:11 PM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Now you're making me hungry again!  That is quite the smorgasbord!


Very kindly,



Jul 15, 2010 11:16 PM #5
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


I've seen lots of this stuff! Especially in the bank owned. Great test!

Jul 15, 2010 11:39 PM #6
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

What is the very first picture of?

Jul 16, 2010 02:11 AM #7
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Steven, photo # 1 is...... cheryl(wait you were not really expecting me to name them all - right?)willis

Jul 16, 2010 03:41 AM #8
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


the top two are a nasty wood boring beetle called the anobiid beetle.

These are simply the photos and not the questions so, other than someone recognizing a pix or two, no I do not expect people to be answering these.

Jul 16, 2010 03:58 AM #9
Kate Kate
San Diego, CA

I don't mind spiders and bugs. I relocate the good ones outside without shuddering and step on the rest. But somehow the amount of decay you show here makes me feel a little squeamish.

Jul 16, 2010 12:07 PM #10
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steve, they may be ugly behavior things but there is a lot of beauty in their designs and patterns.

Jul 16, 2010 03:13 PM #11
Paul Duffau
Safe@Home Inspections, LLC in SE Washington - Asotin, WA
Caring for People, Educating about Homes


That's why I like my side of the state.  We have some carpenter ants (pretty bad this year), very occasionally some termites (only one kind) or beetles.

Of course, since we have a low incidence rate, the "conventional wisdom" is that we don't have ANY of those problems.

I'm about the last pest inspector/home inspector on this side. At some point, this is going to cause us problems.

Jul 20, 2010 08:16 AM #12
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