Wood deck damage

Asked July 18, 2018, 9:39 AM EDT

The wood deck attached to our home in Farmington Hills, MI appears to be damaged by insects. A retrieved fine powder adjacent to one of the areas pictured. I’ve been told that Carpenter Ants don’t destroy wood, but live in wood. I could send you the powder if that would help. ?termites? Thank you, robert Salamon. 2485634995 robert 444@aol.com

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

Hello Robert,

That looks more like water damage than insect damage. You send me a sample of the dust if you like. Send it to:

Diagnostic Services
578 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing MI 48824-6469

Be sure to include a note with your contact information including your email address.

You can download one of our submittal forms here:


Here is our location: https://pestid.msu.edu/location/

Regards, Howard