One nice side benefit of this project is getting to know about things that I might not otherwise. Take, for example, wood-boring insects and fungi. I have been blessed to never have had a serious problems with these pests, despite owning six homes over the years – 3 older than 60 years of age. It took a trailer to change all that. Of course there were some issues with the sub-floor and those areas damaged by critters had to be excised. I wasn’t expected some of the things I found in Sparta’s cabinetry, however.
So what have I learned? Wood is vulnerable to a variety of creatures that feast upon and live in it. Depending upon climate, exposure, etc. the culprit could be termites (subterranean and drywood), carpenter ants, powderpost beetles or dry-rot fungi. Based upon clues left behind in Sparta (tunnelling, tiny pebble-like debris and carcasses), I think ants were the issue.