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PICTURES FROM THE FIELD

Following are pictures we have taken while doing inspections and work. This page will be updated regularly as new pictures become available. Please note that because of the graphics this page will be slow to load if you have a dial-up internet service.



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Subterranean Termites


 

Subterranean termite shelter tubes hanging from floor joists.


(This and the next two pictures were taken under the same house in central Fresno.)


Termite shelter tube hanging from subfloor.



 

 

Shelter tubes about 12" long hanging from subfloor and joists around commode drain.


There was a completion tag at the subarea entry stating that this house had been treated to control subterranean termites just a few years ago. While treating we found that the porches had been drilled with one hole each (we drilled three holes each), the laundry room slab showed no evidence of treatment, and the exterior and subarea soil showed no indication of having been trenched for treatment. All indications were that this customer had received a really "cheap and quick" job. The results are clearly illustrated.



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We found this termite shelter tube on a shaded east wall of a home in Clovis. There was an infestation of subterranean termites inside this home. They were about 30 feet away from this spot. It is hard to tell if this shelter tube was built by the same colony as the one found inside the home, or if there were two different colonies involved.


The following three pictures were taken under a home in Fresno near Shields and West. The “mud” plastered onto the piers and framing is actually subterranean termite shelter tubes.



 

(Pay special attention to the hanging tubes. Note that in some places there are free-standing tubes coming up out of the soil directly below them. How do the termites know that they are building towards each other?)


  
 

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Drywood Termites

We found drywood termite infestation in the siding of this home in north-central Fresno. Note the pile of drywood termite pellets on the ground. We saw the pellets and tapped on the siding only to find that all there was left was a thin shell of wood. When we broke open this "shell" of wood the damaged area became readily visible. Further investigation revealed evidence of infestation in the ledger board just above this point. The termites were also kicking their droppings out of a small hole in the customer's closet on the other side of this wall.


We began by removing the infested siding and trim. In this photo Matthew is checking a stud with an Acoustic Emission Detector. The reading indicates this stud has active drywood termites. It will require treatment.

   

 
Following treatment, the old infested wood siding is replaced with new material. Note that the lower ledger was also replaced. It was also infested with drywood termites and rather than try to treat and save it we chose to replace it with new materials.


 
 

Finally a coat of white primer paint is applied to the new wood. The customer chose to take care of the finish painting so after it was primed we were done. Within a few days all the drywood termites in the areas we treated will be dead.


Because this was a fairly large building a fumigation was going to be very expensive. We controlled the only infestation anyone could find in the structure for less than 1/4 the cost of the fumigation! And the customer didn't have to prepare his house or leave for three days.


The building should be inspected regularly for evidence of any new infestations. Frequent inspections and early detection may mean that this building may never need the expense and hassle of a structural fumigation.



 

We found extensive drywood termite damage at this older home in north Fresno. The customer was remodeling the bathroom and when he removed the flooring discovered this damage. Shown here is just one of several badly damaged floor joists. Some subterranean termite evidence was visible in these joists, but most of the damage was done by drywoods.



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Wood Destroying Fungus

A long term leak at the toilet drain caused this damage to a main girder under the bathroom. All the damage in this 6"X6" timber was done by brown rot, a common wood decay fungus. Wood that remains wet (more than 20% moisture) for an extended period of time will rot.

This house had a very poorly ventilated subarea. As a result moist air condensed on the subarea woodwork keeping it wet. The 2”x 6” subflooring is so damaged by wood destroying fungus that it has failed.


WET WOOD IS NO GOOD!

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