Cellulose Debris

Cellulose Debris

Termites gobble up cardboard like a teenager with a bag of Doritos.

The 2 x 4s that make up the structure of your home offer plenty of termite food, but wood scraps, cardboard, newspapers, and other material made from wood pulp (cellulose) are also on the termite menu. Termite inspectors from Thrasher Termite & Pest Control frequently find debris in crawl spaces and attics that are supporting an active termite colony or the growth of wood destroying fungus. On a termite report, this finding is listed as “cellulose debris.” Removal of cellulose debris is ALWAYS recommended because it is a condition conducive to wood destroying organisms. In other words, those National Geographic magazines stacked in the garage are a ladder for termites infesting your home.

Many people are surprised when our termite inspectors find cellulose debris under their house. Where did it come from? Wood scraps and sawdust are by-products of home construction and remodeling, as are old doors, window frames, etc. Builders aren’t very concerned with termites, so they may leave wood debris in the crawl space or in the far reaches of an attic. Magazines, books, and newspapers are often stored by homeowners in garages or attics. You can remove cellulose debris yourself, as long as you don’t mind crawling under your house or poking your head in the attic.

We’ve compiled photos of termite eaten cardboard. The dark brown specks on the cardboard are termite waste. This damage was done by subterranean termites, but drywood termites also consume cardboard, books, newspapers, and other cellulose debris.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control performs termite inspections for real estate transactions, for commercial properties and for all residential structures. We also treat for termites and wood-destroying fungus, remove cellulose debris, and repair termite damage and fungus damage. When you need help restoring the integrity of your wood home, call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control.


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