Termite Damage Pictures
Drywood termite damage photos from one of the recent repairs and termite treatments done by Prime Termite.
Thursday, August 14th in Mid City Los Angeles.
Even though the property was not very close to the ocean line but still had lots of termite damage. As you can see drywood termites can do severe damage. This is why they need to be controlled, repaired and prevented properly.
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Sample of subterranean termite damage taken from a subarea. House located in Burbank, CA and inspected on Dec 2009.
Severe drywood, subterranean termite and fungus damage in subarea. Taken by one of our inspectors on Nov 2009. Good quality termites inspections on time should have prevented this happening.
Severe subterranean termite damage on walls and ceiling. If structure which had only 6-8" slab received a subterranean termite preventative treatment on time costing couple of hundreds of dollars which on top of that come with 10-year Termidor pledge, it would avoid these damages now worth tens of thousands of dollars to repair. This is why termites cause much more damage than anything else in the USA since most of the time they are seen only after doing a devastating damage to a structure.
Extensive drywood termite damage on interior walls in multiple unit condominium in Glendale, CA. This was noticed only after owner opened walls for remodeling. Prime Termite is conducting complete treatment for both types of termites on this structure on 2010. This is while the apartment complex was being serviced by another company which was mainly treating spots. Also, subterranean termites were found in structure as well.
Below is another classic example of hidden termite damage which homeowners could not see.
As you can on the photo above drywood termites damaged a support beam in subarea due to the fact that the structure did not get termite inspection and did not find about this damage on time. This very important structural wood members needs to be replaced which requires at least 2-3 days of work by also obtaining respective permits. Also, some areas in house need to be made accessible for further inspection. Obviously, the homeowner could have avoided these expenses and alterations to his house if termite inspection was scheduled on time years ago and preventative organic wood preservatives were exposed to the wood members above.
The photo below is made in subarea where due to plumbing leak a portion of subflooring and joists were damage by fungus. This is another 2-3 day job by using very skilled labor.
Many general contractors either give to high of quotes for jobs in subarea since their crew many times does not want to work in subarea or are not prepared for that or because they merely have other easier projects. Again, this could have been avoided if the homeowner inspected his at least once every five years.
Extensive fungus and termite damage on ceiling taken from a home in Los Angeles on Dec 2009 is due to not repairing the roof on time.
The below is a classic example of drywood termite control in Southern California. The structure is in Playa Del Rey, and homeowner called because noticed termite droppings on open ceiling. As you can see in photo below it has a stucco siding with a very large - about 5,000 SF exterior box area. Nowhere on exterior homeowners noticed termites.
On the picture below you can see only one small opening on stucco done by plumbers for detecting a plumbing leak. So, on all 5000 SF area only a small, less than one SF area is made accessible.
As you can see on the picture below that small open area drywood termite infestation in terms of droppings.
So, if homeowners did not have an open ceiling and did not see drywood termite droppings, most likely they did not contact a termite control company and let this infestation and damage continue without being noticed. And this is why not what homeowners see or they think that have a termite problem or not, but certain factors as age of house, proximity to the ocean and last termite work done are indicators of predicting in what stage the structure will probably be.
The photo below shows how devastating drywood termite and fungus damage can be in inaccessible areas covered by drywall or other types of coverings.
As you can see from the photo above homeowners had no idea that their house is merely being eaten until without them knowing about it until they opened the walls for remodeling. And only after that they called a termite control company.
The photo below shows a hidden fungus damage on exterior wall due to moisture penetration through wood siding from exterior of house. The homeowner called our company since noticed some swarming objects which she thought were termites, however they were actually flying ants. This wall needs to be rebuilt since as you can see from the line it is merely falling down. If damage extends into other areas this project may take 5-10 days of work. This could have been avoided if exterior wood siding of house were treated and sealed properly which would be 2-3 hours of work.
Drywood termite infestation photo below is taken in a house in Pasadena. Homeowners called our company from a TV interview.
After inspector arrived there he found out drywood termite dropping in a small open electrical outlet which was not sealed at that moment while there was no other kick holes or other drywood termite infestation in anywhere else inside the house.
The photo below shows drywood termite droppings in subarea.
Our company and the homeowners learnt about it after doing a good quality complete inspection.
Wooden siding get drywood and subterranean termite damage infestation as soon as the paint gets lose.
Drywood termite damage on window frame. Nov 2009, North Hills, CA. This was hidden due to being covered by a flower holder.
Subterranean Termite evidence and damage in subarea, Dec 2009.
This is why houses and other wooden structures need to be checked constantly to avoid costly repairs after which still the house will not be in good shape similar to a situation when we call cars as "salvage".
The houses that get checked constantly by a professional Wood Destroying Organisms company spend far less on their maintenance and termite and fungus treatments. In addition to this homeowners and other property owners have a piece of mind that their most likely biggest investment is being serviced properly.
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