Wood Destroying Organisms

Often the first thing that comes to mind when people think about a home inspection, or more accurately problems with a structure are termites!  They are definitely one of the organisms that our Inspectors are challenged to observe during a Standard Home Inspection.  Unfortunately, they are not the only things to worry about.  That's why you can trust InterNACHI Certified WDO Inspectors at Shipshape Inspections.



Termites feed on materials that contain cellulose, such as wood. Many species of termites cannot digest cellulose to extract the sugar content, so they rely on protozoa in their gut to do the job. They can do this because of a mutually beneficial association with the microorganisms in their digestive tracts that convert cellulose into simple substances that
termites can digest.


Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are so-named
because they excavate galleries in wood to create nest sites. They use their strong jaws or
mandibles to remove wood as they enlarge the size of their nests. Unlike termites,
carpenter ants do not consume wood.

Our region is susceptible

There is no guarantee that a house will have wood destroying organisms like carpenter ants or termites, but often they follow and can be found where moisture has invaded the building envelope.  Any wood that has greater than 15% moisture content is a likely place for unwanted pests to find a home.  Shipshape Inspections will include this as part of our Standard Home Inspection.

We do not offer or attempt to apply any pesticide materials!

Our inspection service is solely based on providing trained observations of the conditions of your house.  We do not, nor will not, attempt to sell you pest control services as (1) we are not licensed to offer that and (2) that would be against the InterNACHI Code of Ethics!