This wet “nest” now acts like a sponge and keeps surrounding wood structures wet. This extends the moisture into structures that were previously not wet. As this wood decays it too becomes food and habitat for the Moisture Ants–and the colony can grow. It is this ability to expand their nests into previously dry areas and causing decay/rot that gets them classified as a “wood destroying” insect.
In reality, whoever didn’t notice the leak, and fix the leak might also be considered a wood destroying organism. It is generally human beings that create the conditions that are conducive to many wood destroying insects in our homes.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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