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Even Minnesota has insect issues.

When I ask Buyers about a home inspection.  Many say no.

I explain that insect can cause damage you can't see.

I have first hand knowledge of that.

At my cabin, I was residing the screen house we use to get away from the bugs.

I knew we had some ants, it is all sand and perfect for them.

But, when I took the siding off I was very surprised.

Carpenter Ants, and they were not building!


I ended up replacing many studs.  I also did  a lot of insect prevention and continue today to do so.

This was damage I could not see...A home inspector knowing what they were looking for may have caught it.


Comment balloon 13 commentsWilliam Feela • July 23 2016 08:12PM


Carpenter ants can do a lot of damage in a hurry. Once we had a leak around a bay window and carpenter ants got in there and ate a couple of studs in almost no time.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 4 years ago

William many moons ago I had a home in CT and the back yard had four fantastic Pine Trees probably 50+ years old and thanks to them we had Termite issues... with all the snow and cold it was a minor problem but in those days we were concerned... funny we come to Los Angeles and the homes are Dinner for Termites:)) big issues...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 4 years ago

Glad you found this before it was too late William.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago

Yuck...messy clean up ....and interesting that they can do enough damage

despite the temperatures.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 4 years ago

Come on William...Their just looking for a home.  Reminds me of that song about the boll weevil... IMHO they can find a home just not my home..  :~)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 4 years ago

This is great advice, William.  It's especially meaningful when it comes with experience.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 4 years ago

Good morning William and well done. You wouldn't ever know unless you looked.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 4 years ago

WE don't have a lot of these issues but every now and again it does pop up

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 4 years ago

Wow, that is quite the infestation, scary what is behind walls sometimes.  It definitely is worth having a qualified inspector check out a home before you purchase it.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. Inspections are common in our area.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

William- that doesn't look good!  I'd hate to find that and it's a good thing there are inspections. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 4 years ago


The carpenter ants can do a lot of damage to a home as you can attest to.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago

Yes Bill they are working hard so that you can work hard adding new wood to the cabin.

Have fun, hope you find them all.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 4 years ago