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pankaek 04-06-2011 10:37 AM

Is this Termite Damage?
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So I started gutting my front porch yesterday as part of renovation work and behind the old sheathing I found what looks like insect damage. Pieces of wood had either fallen off the studs or I could easily pull away. Attached are pictures of what the pieces that broke away looked like and the remaining stud.
There was also small piles of dark brown material nearby.

Is this termite damage? Should I just replace all the damaged studs?


PAbugman 04-07-2011 05:07 PM

It "looks" like wood-boring beetle evidence. If so, it is made by the larval stage, which turns into an adult beetle and chews its way out. Did you find oval shaped holes on exterior of wood?

The brown material-is it wood dust or mud? Wet it-if it smears it is mud, if not it is fine wood frass. Wood frass indicates wood boring beetles/larva.

Subterranean termites bring mud into the wood. They don't make wood dust or frass. Let us know what you find.

pankaek 04-08-2011 10:44 AM

Tried the wet and smear test - it kind of smears a bit but feels almost gritty or sandy texture. I have the professional exterminators coming by today to examine the damage so I'll post what they find later.

tpolk 04-08-2011 10:49 AM

get 2 opinions

pankaek 04-08-2011 01:26 PM

well it's not termite damage according to the exterminators. The entry holes are 1/32 to 1/16 in diameter and are Round. I'll get another exterminator who specialises in wood boring beetles to take a look next week and see what they say.

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