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Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites are larger than subterranean termites, up to one-half inch long. Drywood termites create colonies in wood and require very little moisture to survive. Unlike Subterranean Termites, they don’t require any direct connection to soil.

They eat all types of wood and occasionally other cellulose material like cardboard or books. Drywood Termite infestations can exist for long periods of time before being discovered, often eating wood away but leaving the paint in place. The most common evidence of Drywood Termites is small piles of sawdust colored pellets that fall from kick-out holes made by the termites. Just one or two pellets is difficult to see, but over time an active colony will create thousands of these pellets making their presence more obvious.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites are smaller than Drywood termites, approximately one-fourth inch long. They create colonies in the soil and require moisture to survive. Unlike Drywood Termites, they do require a direct connection to soil. They build tubes up the side of concrete foundations or straight out of the ground, making highway tunnels for traveling to their food source and back.

Subterranean Termites eat all types of wood and occasionally other cellulose material like cardboard or books. The most common evidence of Subterranean Termites is the presence of mud tunnels along the foundation of the house inside or out.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants don’t eat wood, but they sure like to make it their home. They bore into wood framing and even wood cabinets to make their nests. They do cause structural damage but are usually noticed by home owners during swarming season when huge black flying ants are all over the place. They are about 3/4 of an inch in length.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees are large black bees that bore holes into wood to make their nest to lay eggs. They are usually found in fences and trees. The holes are about 1/2 of an inch in diameter and about 2 inches deep.

Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles are found in a variety of wood products. They infest everything from wicker baskets to hardwood floors and pianos. They are usually detected by seeing very fine saw dust or little holes in wood surfaces

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Please email me at with any questions you may have I promise a prompt reply.

There are some things to remember regarding termite inspections, termite inspectors and the “Standard of Care”, which guides our industry.

1. Termite inspections are basically visual in nature. We do not destructively probe (unless given written permission by the owner). However, limited probing becomes necessary when it appears damages are evident. Limited probing helps us determine the extent of damages, (i.e. is it patchable or does it need to be replaced).

2. The findings listed on your termite inspection report should be the same or at least similar to other termite inspections you may have on your property, (i.e. I see evidence of this or I see evidence of that), however the recommendations can vary greatly on how to correct the condition. You have the right to shop around.

3. The motivation behind recommendation from a termite company may be a commission. Many termite companies pay their inspectors based on what they charge. Just because a termite inspector makes a recommendation on his report doesn’t necessarily mean the work has to be done the way he recommends it. We are obligated to make honest inspections but some recommendations can be over the top.

4. There is no law that requires a homeowner to provide a termite inspection and certification prior to selling their homes, however many lenders require the certification. Therefore, termite certifications are usually required as part of the real estate contingency.

Again, please email me at with any questions you may have about our industry and where I can be of help.

Best Wishes,

Frank D. Mckernan


If only every company was as wonderfully helpful as McKernan. I can't thank you enough, and the "Archangel" Gabriel, for the extraordinary effort he provided today. You are all simply the best and we so appreciate the exceptional service you give us on every level (even if it is underground!)

All the best,

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