May 2nd, 2019 10:21 PM by Dan Howard
What would be worse than finding a mold infestation or mold problem? That’s easy. Finding both!
The door in the picture is the entry door of a building having a mold
assessment. SURPRISE! Termites inside the metal door. Yes, the door has
metal on the outside, but these doors have wood between the metal faces
to allow for installation of hinges and locks using carpenter tools for
Termites and other wood destroying insects occupy the same place in
the eco-system or “universal plan” as does mold. They recycle dead wood
and turn it into top soil so that new plants and trees can grow.
It’s not that one causes the other. Think of it as they have the same
needs to survive and thrive. As an example, we find both desert plants
and animals in the same place.
In a damp location with wood fiber, we can find both mold and
termites. Now I am not trying to be “Little Miss Mary Sunshine”
here……..there is a point to this observation.
When you have had a termite or other wood destroying insect
infestation that requires damp wood, you should have the building also
checked for mold. That advice goes the other way too. If you have mold,
be on the look-out for wood destroying insects. The earlier you find
either a mold or wood destroying insect infestation the less damage and
expense will occur.
By the way, the door in the picture is hanging and swinging on only
the top hinge. When I opened the door, the termites were scurrying to
get out of the exposed air and light.
This was an Interesting observation of nature at work and as a
science experiment, This was not as delightful as a science experiment
for the building owner.