10:16AM | 03/24/99
Just today, a termite inspection revealed termites in the soil next to our foundation. They are not yet in the wood of the house. I need info on the best way to treat this. The one estimate I have so far goes all out and treats it as if they are in the house. Does anyone have any tips or advice for me?


Dyna Wide Glide

06:02AM | 03/25/99

I work for a nationally known real estate company and we deal with this problem everyday on the houses we sell if the buyer should treat or not treat. If an inspector finds termites anywhere close to you home they will advise you to treat for precautionary measures. In my opinion this is the best way to go even though it may be a little costly. If you only treat the exterior then if some termites are missed or escape the poison then they will find somewhere to go. ( Most likely the house) FYI: If you have pinebark or any kind of wood in your flower beds or have firewood stacked on your porch or next to your home this is termite heaven. Those are conducive conditions and should be removed if you decide to have it treated. I have dealt with these pesty little bugs many times in selling homes and my advice is to treat anywhere they might decide to go. Check around first and ask for referances on the company you had do the inspection and you might consider getting a second estimate. We are dealing with a sititation now that one inspector said a home had termites and the other said it didn't but had conducive conditions so it needed treament but they were $600 differance in price.Hope this helps you. Good luck


04:38PM | 03/25/99
What you describe are subterranian termites.
I've heard good things about Spectracide
Terminate termite stakes. You stick them
into the ground near your foundation, the
termites eat them, and get poisoned. If
there are no termites in the building, this
would be a good way to keep them out.
Subterranian termites live in the ground,
and only travel up into the wood to eat.
Therefore, make sure that there is never any
wood in contact with the ground. They will
also build little mud tunnels up from the
ground to the wood along the outside of your
foundation, sticking the mud to the concrete.
Scrape these off, and wash the mud away.

There is another kind of termite, the drywood
termite. They're the ones that live in wood
and establish new colonies by flying and
then dropping their wings. The stakes won't
do anything to stop them. Paint any wood
that has to be outside with Jasco's Termin-8
to stop both kinds of termites. It works
well, but stinks far too much to use inside,
not even in a garage or crawl space. Its
active ingredient is a copper compound, so
it's green, and will take a few coats of
paint to cover over the green.

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