I'm posting this here since it covers more than one topic-
I attempted to have the back door on my kitchen replaced the other day (doors open to a deck). When they pulled up the threshhold, there were carpenter ants & termites. The damage continues down to the crawl space below the kitchen (but I have no idea yet how far over it goes into the walls, etc- there's damage at least six inches over into the wall).
Anyway, I had my first of 4 estimates today- the person said I have both carpenter ants & termites in my front and back crawl space.
I purchased this old house (110-150yrs old) less than six months ago "as is"- I knew there were going to be issues....anyway, I live near a small creek and get water in the basement. The sump pump works well, but the house has NO gutters on it.
So which do I fix first? I know I need to get rid of the water problem in order to help with the termites since the termites are happy with my musty wet basement. I was planning on doing the gutters this spring, then having the basement waterproofed early next year.
Now I don't know if I should spend the money presently budgeted for gutters on the termite extermination or if I need to still take care of the water problem first and let these critters continue to chomp on my house.
Obviously I need to fix all of these things (including the immediate repair of the hole that's been cut in my kitchen floor and termite damage), but I know if I don't fix the moisture problem, then the termites are going to linger even longer! But if I fix the damage, they will have a new place to eat.
Which to deal with first?? Help!
What a raw deal. I would definitely fix the infestation problem first. Once these termites are disturbed in one little spot, they'll move over to another spot. This is probably happening right now. Also, if you have any wooden furniture in the house, it is at risk of infestation. I don't believe that the moisture is going to draw in more insects after the treatment. The treatment itself makes the wood undesirable to the insects, assuming you choose to treat the wood, vs. just trying to kill the bugs. There are many more people out there with moisture problems in thier basement than there are with destructive insects such as termites and carpenter ants. It sounds like you need to address both, but I would start with putting an end to the destruction.