termites

April 5, 2010 by  

Proper termite inspections are necessary to determine if they are present and or active. Looking in crawlspaces is in order as well as rafters in basements and along foundation walls. Shelter tubes are a give away but can’t always be seen. If termites are inside of a wall there may be small holes coming out with sand or mud coming out. This is an indicator of damage inside the wall. Highly infested wood may simply crumble to the touch. Some companies may use termite detecting dogs or cameras for looking inside wall voids. Measuring the structure is the only way to determine costs of treatment. Termite chemicals can be expensive but very effective. Main shelter tubes and mud tunnels should be treated thoroughly. Breaking the tubes can make the termites leave the area to infest a new portion of wood. This should only be done after treating the soil with chemical.

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