May 19th, 2017 10:49 AM by Dan Howard
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 wood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
was an Interesting observation of nature at
work. .........and as a science experiment, This wasn’t as delightful
as a science experiment for the building owner.