Living With Termite Damage

Termite damage to door frame

Termite damage to door frame

What happens when termite damage is ignored for too long? The termites can cause devastating structural damage. ABC news in Los Angeles reports that a 104 year old building was condemned and a family left homeless for Christmas when the floor of their second story apartment collapsed. Termites had so thoroughly undermined the structural integrity of the building that the building was red tagged as too dangerous by firefighters and no one permitted entry.

The termites had damaged much of the wooden support on the first story. When renovated removed some dry wall, they discovered extensive termite damage to the wood. The next day the floor partially collapsed. Fortunately no one was hurt. Termites are cryptic and difficult to detect. However, ignoring the signs can have expensive consequences.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Living With Termite Damage

  1. Yup….You are right that termites are the harmful pests that are difficult to detect. If unnoticed they can provide a great damage to our property!!!

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