How To Get Rid Of Termites

Oplan Termites

Oplan Termites

You Might Start Missing Your Termites After Kickin'em Out. After All, They Have Been Your Roommates For Quite A While. Enraged With How The Termites Have Eaten Up Your Antique Furniture? Can't Wait To Have Them Exterminated Completely From The Face Of The Earth? Fret Not. We Will Tell You How To Get Rid Of Them From Your House At Least. If Not From The Face The Earth.

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Termite Extermination Information

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Subterranean termites

Termite Eat Sill Flex

Subterranean termites require a dark, damp environment. In their search for food, worker termites build shelter tubes (tunnels) that help conserve moisture and shield the termites from the light. (See FIG. 8-3.) The tubes are about 1 4 to M inch wide and provide a passageway between the ground and the food supply (wood member). They can be built at the rate Fig. 8-2. The difference between swarming ant (right) and swarming termite (actual size H inch). Fig. 8-2. The difference between swarming ant (right) and swarming termite (actual size H inch). Fig. 8-3. Termite shelter tubes on foundation wall, header and subflooring (top) hanging tubes in crawl space (bottom). Fig. 8-3. Termite shelter tubes on foundation wall, header and subflooring (top) hanging tubes in crawl space (bottom). of several inches per day and are mainly composed of soil, wood particles, and termite excreta. Shelter tubes, which might be noted on foundation walls, on the outside of wood framing, or even freestanding...

What Do I Do with the Termite Report

When you get a new loan, the lender almost always requires a termite clearance. This is a report from a registered termite company that states that the house is free of infestation. It's important to understand that the report is of limited value. In areas where termites are endemic, there will almost always be some infestation. (The report usually states the house to be clear of termites for 60 to 180 days the inspectors know that after that the termites likely will be back.) and occasionally spraying. In other cases it is major, requiring the tenting of the house. Modern techniques may involve freezing the termites out of localized areas. In most cases the termites chomp away at the wood structure of the home and are of little consequence. The real problem is that over 30 or 40 years, they can eat enough of the wood to make the house collapse.

Formosan termites

The Formosan termite is a subterranean termite native to the Far East. It was first discovered in the United States in a Houston, Texas, shipyard in 1965 and has since spread to a number of southern coastal and Gulf states. All indications are that Formosan termites might eventually establish nests in some northern states as long as the temperature and moisture conditions are satisfactory. An established Formosan termite colony, which can have more than a million termites, is extremely destructive. They can destroy wood six times faster than our native species. Formosan termites have been known to penetrate lead, plastic, rubber, mortar, and plaster to get to their food wood. They are able to penetrate the above materials by secreting an acid substance from their frontal glands. In at least one recorded case, they have caused short circuits by damaging electric cables. Identifying the worker Formosan termite is difficult because there are no obvious characteristics distinguishing them...


Home buyers generally overreact after discovering a termite condition and on occasion lose interest in the house. Actually, the discovery of termite infestation should not be cause for alarm concern, maybe, but certainly not alarm. Termites work very slowly. It takes many years for termites to do serious damage to a house. A mature colony of 60,000 termites eats the equivalent of 2 to 4 feet of 2-by-4-inch board in one year. Some well-established termite colonies have been estimated to contain more than 2 million termites. A termite condition can be controlled through the application of chemical insecticides by constructing a chemical barrier in the soil around and beneath the house. Thus termites attempting to go through the termiticide-treated soil to reach the house are either killed or repelled. Prior to the mid 1980s, the chemical most often used for termite treatment was chlordane. It had an effective life that often exceeded twenty-five years. However, because chlordane is...

Drywood termites

Homes in the South and Southwest are vulnerable to attack by dry-wood termites as well as subterranean termites. Dry-wood termites cannot live outdoors in northern climates and have not established themselves in those areas. Isolated cases of dry-wood termite infestation have been found in homes located as far north as New York and Ohio, but those are rare. Dry-wood termites are so called because they build their nest in perfectly good wood that is not decayed and not in contact with the ground. In fact, in many cases they establish a colony in the wood-framing members of the attic. As with subterranean termites, reproductive dry-wood termites swarm from the nest periodically in an attempt to establish a new colony. The swarming termites often do not fly more than a few feet before settling down. However, if aided by air currents, they can fly more than a mile. Once paired, the king and queen seek cracks or checks in nearby wood, whether a roof or lumber pile, and set up housekeeping....

Wooddestroying insects and rot

Termites 82 Subterranean termites 85 Inspection 88 Drywood termites 91 Control 91 Inspection 91 Formosan termites 92 Other wood-destroying insects 92 Carpenter ants 92 Powder-post beetles 94 Inspection 95 Rot 95 There are many types of wood-destroying insects subterranean and dry-wood termites carpenter ants and powder-post beetles. The one that causes the most damage to residential structures in the United States is the subterranean termite.

What If Its No Ones Fault but the Deal Just Cant Be Made

There are a lot of reasons that a deal might not go through. You may not be able to secure adequate financing. The title to the property may not be clear. There could be extensive termite damage. In most cases there's a way to work them out. Other financing is secured. The seller clears the title. The termite damage is fixed. You agree to accept the risk of flood damage for a lower price, and so on. In other words, the problems are solved one way or another.

What About Arranging for Inspections and Getting Repairs Done

Your fee-for-service agent, your attorney, or your escrow officer can come up with a good list of things that need to be done in order to close escrow. Then delegate who will do what. But be sure to call the seller occasionally to see that he or she is doing her part. You don't want to come to the end of escrow only to discover that the seller hasn't even started with termite repair work.

Manufacturers warranties

Many of the components and items in a house have the manufacturer's guarantee or warranty against defects for a specific number of years. Items that are usually covered are the furnace, water heater, roof shingles, well pump, air-conditioning compressor, and electrical appliances. If you are purchasing a relatively new house or in an older house any of the above components are relatively new (because of replacement), you should obtain the warranties or bills of sale. Many warranties are transferable to a new owner. Also, if the house has been termite-proofed, do not forget to get a copy of the guarantee if it is still in effect.

Environmental concerns

In the past, whenever people bought a home, their main concern was the physical house that is, the structural integrity of the building the condition of the mechanical equipment such as the heating system, plumbing, water heater the adequacy of the electrical system the condition of the roof whether the basement was dry and whether there was a termite condition. In recent years, another factor has entered into the decision process environmental problems. Some of these problems, such as a high radon concentration or deteriorating asbestos insulation, are potential health hazards. Others, like a leaky buried oil tank, can contaminate the soil and eventually the aquifer (water table). In all cases, it costs money to correct the problems. This cost should be added to the overall sale price of the house to determine the true cost of purchasing the house.

Tools needed

To inspect the house properly, you will need the following tools a flashlight, to see in dark places (and you'll be surprised what you might find) a magnet, to determine whether plumbing pipes are iron a marble, to note whether the floors are relatively level an ice pick or screwdriver, to aid in looking for wood rot and termite infestation a 6-foot stepladder, for those houses that do not provide direct access (built-in or pull-down steps) to the attic an electrical tester, for checking the electrical ground connection, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom outlet receptacles binoculars, to get a closer look at the roof and roof-mounted


Wood fences should be inspected for cracked, broken, loose, and missing sections. In addition, they should be checked for deterioration from rot and termite infestation. (Termites and rot are discussed in chapter 8.) The gates for the fence should also be checked for cracked, loose, or broken sections and ease of operation. Wooden gates often sag as they age and require periodic maintenance.

Plumbing check

Depending on the location of the sewer or septic tank, there might be a pit in the garage floor covered with a metal plate. It might contain a cleanout and trap for the house waste line. Sometimes the water inlet pipe is also located in this pit. (These items are discussed in detail in chapter 13.) Lift the cover and look inside the pit. Often the builder neglects to remove the wood framing around the sides of the pit (used as a form when constructing the open area). Because of the dampness in the pit, a wood liner will eventually rot and might be termite-infested. (This is an area where termites are often found see chapter 8 to learn how to determine their presence.) If there is wood in the pit, it should be removed, regardless of its condition.

Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants differ from termites in that they do not eat wood. They merely excavate it to build a nest. The nest consists of irregularly shaped galleries that generally follow the grain. The small fragments of shredded wood that are generated during the excavation are removed from the galleries and deposited on the outside. Consequently, the galleries do not have the earthy appearance of the termite galleries. Rather, they have a polished or sandpapered appearance. locate it is often established in an inaccessible location in the wall or roof assembly. One indication of the existence of a colony is unexplained piles of sawdust. Some people, however, think that piles of sawdust are an indication of termites. They are not. Subterranean termites completely devour the wood that they are attacking and leave absolutely no trace of wood particles. Dry-wood termites also eat the wood completely. However, they do drop tiny, well-formed seedlike pellets. If the pellets are observed closely,...

Crawl space

The foundation walls, piers, posts, and woodsupport framing in a crawl space should be inspected (as described in the section on the unfinished basement) for deterioration, structural deficiencies, and evidence of water seepage. Pay particular attention to the wood-framing members that are very vulnerable to decay and termite infestation. (See FIG. 11-13.)

Detached garage

After looking at the roof and gutters, walk around the building once more. This time look at the walls, windows, and doors. If the exterior walls are covered with wood siding, does the base of the siding extend to the ground It should end about 8 inches above the ground. If the siding is in contact with the ground, it should be checked for termites and rot. Pay particular attention to the rear wall. You might see a wall that is bowed. This is usually caused by a car that did not stop in time. The wall stopped the car, and in the process, the supporting studs were broken. If such is the case, the wall is in need of rehabilitation. Also, you might sometimes see a wall that is offset Finally, check the base of the wood framing and trim around the garage doors. This area is particularly vulnerable to rot and termite activity. (See FIG. 7-5.)

Exterior walls

Metal Stud Partition Wall Construction

And termite activity are problems, metal studs are now being used in place of wood studs. When inspecting the siding, pay particular attention to the sections that are facing south or southwesterly. These areas receive the maximum exposure to the sun and are more vulnerable to weather deterioration. The bottom of exterior siding should not be close to, or in contact with, the ground. Because of the dampness associated with the ground, the bottom of the siding should be at least 8 inches above the finished grade. Otherwise, the wood siding or the wood nailing boards for nonwood siding will be vulnerable to rot and termite infestation. cover a multitude of problems and can cause problems. The vines can conceal termite shelter tubes (see chapter 8) or cracked portions of the siding. They can widen cracks, damage mortar joints, and loosen shingles. In addition, the dampness associated with the vines can promote rot and cause paint to blister and peel. If you find vines growing up an...

Powderpost beetles

Powder Post Beetles Marking Wood

Inspection Inspection for powder-post beetles should be performed along with the inspection for termites. When probing the exposed wood-framing members, look for the small round emergence holes of the beetles. Since it is possible for the beetles to emerge without reinfesting the wood, the fact that there are emergence holes does not mean that the wood member is currently infested. Newly formed flight holes are light and clean in appearance, like a fresh saw cut older holes are darker in color. If the infestation is well established, there will usually be more than thirty exit holes per square foot of surface. Even though the wood might no longer be infested, small amounts of larvae frass might continue to sift through the holes for many years as a result of normal vibrations of the wood. Look at the frass. If the infestation is no longer active, it will have a yellowish appearance or will be caked.