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Old 09-16-2007, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Denver
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well if the moisture in western Oregon leads to mosquitos and mold (which I can handle) what other household bugs are common, especially in older houses? Are termite inspections required? What about cockroaches, beetles, etc? Is an annual exterminator visit required a) along the coast or b) in the Willamette valley? And if there is so much moisture what is "dry rot", a euphemism?
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:01 PM
 
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well if the moisture in western Oregon leads to mosquitos and mold (which I can handle) what other household bugs are common, especially in older houses? Are termite inspections required? What about cockroaches, beetles, etc? Is an annual exterminator visit required a) along the coast or b) in the Willamette valley? And if there is so much moisture what is "dry rot", a euphemism?
I owned an 80 yr old and a 90 year old home in Portland. I did not hear of any of my neighbors having problems with termites nor did we. And I don't think it stays hot enough long enough for cockroaches or japanese beetles. Never saw them. But you do have to be concerned about carpenter ants in old homes. Usually the general home inspector can determine if you need an additional carpenter ant inspection. Also, homeowners have to disclose if the home has been treated for carpenter ants or if any has been seen.

We did have some neighbors who had problems with rats in the walls of their basements. And if an old home you want to have the sewer line scoped to see if there are any breaks.

Dry rot according to wikipedia is
"Dry rot would appear to be an oxymoronic term seemingly indicating decay of a substance without the presence of water. However, its historical usage dates back to the distinction between decay of cured wood in construction, i.e. dry wood, versus decay of wood in living or newly felled trees, i.e. wet wood[1]. The term has been applied to the decay of timber in buildings and other wooden structures by certain fungi, the decay of crop plants by fungi and the deterioration of rubber."
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Newport, OR
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I had dry rot in a corner facia board when I lived in Palm Springs. It can happen everywhere.
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Having worked in the Pest/Dry Rot business some years back I can tell you some fun stuff. Controlling moisture is key to preventing quite a bit of the troubles you speak of. Humidity or moisture content of wood that exceeds 80% will be prime for infestation of termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants and dry rot fungi. If you already have dry rot fungi removing moisture will not stop it. Dry rot needs to be removed and repaired. Dry rot can spread to other places pretty quickly. There are commercial preparations that can prevent most pests from destroying wood in your home. Look into borate based solutions such as boracare and timbor. These chemicals work best when used to treat during framing but can be used to treat wood to prevent infestations after initial construction. I no longer have a permit to perform work in Oregon but, most of the knowledge I can share is still valid.


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Old 09-17-2007, 09:13 AM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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another fairly common bug here is taterbugs. Ugh.totally harmless (i thnk! we used to play w/them as kids) but it seems like theres a lot. Not many poisionous spiders, (ive never seen one in my whole life) but lots of the little nasties in bushes and all (keep your shrubs/trees by your house trimmed back) Seems like a lot of daddy long legs spiders...but I tend to freak out over any spider, so two seem like several to me.....Ive never seen a cockroach either...
mold can be a problem, we had it in the last house we lived in, but then again, we lived right on the beach, in an old house, built on concrete, w/no airflow and leaky windows. You just have to avoid those things.
As for the rats/mice. We got a cat. No more rodents.
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Houston
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As far as yearly exterminator visits. I don't see the need in Oregon. A homeowner can handle about anything other than termites. A little diligence goes a long ways. Prevention would be the key. Stop problems before they start. Things like rotting stumps and abandoned firewood piles need to be cleaned up. Spend some time in the spring, summer and fall around the home just looking at the landscape for signs of pests. Ants can be a real pain if you don't catch them right away. A little research can save you big money on pest control.



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Old 09-18-2007, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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People who block up their foundation vents in the winter cause a lot of dry rot and termite problems by trapping moisture under the house. Most houses nowadays have adequate foundation vents. Oregon has had a building code since 1973, and houses built before then have either been repaired or rotted into a pile of rubble.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Denver
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By ants, are those carpenter ants, because we had those in Illinois and they are handled similarly to termites. This is not too scary.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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We have the tiny sugar ants out here, and the large carpenter ants. A carpenter ant treatment runs about $250 or so. The bore small holes in your siding and areas where they think they are and put the chemical powder into the hole. You don't have to leave your home for this.

There are different types of termites. Subterranean termite treatment runs around $1000-$1300 or so. They bore into the soil and put the poison in holes around the house.

Carpenter ants are probably our biggest issue out here. They don't eat at the house like termites do, but they make their nest in the wood, so they cause damage that way. I've seen termites 1 time in the past 4 years.

We actually don't have a lot of mosquito's out here, since our moisture is not standing water, like say Minnesota...THEY have mosquitos...since our climate is not particularly humid, they don't breed like they do in the Midwest. We have them, just not in droves.

As for dry rot, it is really common out here. You need to make sure that wet wood has a chance to dry. When wood is in constant contact with water or soil, it's a guarantee you will get some dry rot. Gutter leaks are another common cause in soffit areas.

You remove the wood, replace it, paint or seal. Not a big deal, unless a homeowner has been very negligent.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:32 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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look up this guy's posts in the house forum: Caoimhín P. Connell. This post in particular is very interesting regarding older houses vs. newer houses and why they perform differently in the same environment.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/house...ml#post2627592
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