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Old 10-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Termite Inspection?

Question for homeowners - How often do you have a termite inspection? We had an inspection a few years ago. Wouldn't one see evidence of termites if they exist?

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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How they do it in the Southwest with slab houses is to have an initial inspection and treatment. Then the homeowners watch for termite trails on the cement (driveway, patio, garage, walkways) and just make a call if any are found.

My folks generally have to call their exterminator company once a year for a quick blast of termite-b-gone-again. I'm pretty sure they had to pay quite a bit for the initial inspection and treatment, but subsequent calls are free or have a small nominal fee.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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Cerise, we had a termite inspection when we bought our home and the inspector recommended every 2 years.

We keep meaning to have it done...but keep forgetting...we have owned our home for 3 years now...so must get on it!

We also have these containers that are in the ground with a lid on ground surface where you could look into it to see if you have termites, they were here when we bought the house, they are good to have

We also have TermiMesh which is a barrier made of mesh that goes all around the house down on ground level...I think that needs replacing every so many years, so must look at that too
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I've been treating my entire house for termites every year with Timbor and boric acid. Chemicals are expensive but a heck of a lot cheaper than contracting an exterminator. The chemicals I've been using, available on-line, are the same ones used by the pros. It is somewhat labor intense as you need sprayers and injectors with foaming agents. This is just an alternative DIY if you're as cheap as I am.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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I had termites 4 years ago and get inspected every year now.
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I think it really depends on where you live. Here in Colorado it is almost unheard of to have termites!
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I think it really depends on where you live. Here in Colorado it is almost unheard of to have termites!
Same here in Quebec. It's too cold for the termites.
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Unfortunately, here in Australia...termites are everywhere
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Unfortunately, here in Australia...termites are everywhere
That's the price for a mild winter.
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Question for homeowners - How often do you have a termite inspection? We had an inspection a few years ago. Wouldn't one see evidence of termites if they exist?
I had mine inspected last year when I sold it, and they found "evidence." I kind of wondered if the termite guy had it in his pocket already when he climbed in the attic.

Anyway he did find dry rot (easy to find yourself, and easy to fix) and he found a place where the termites were munching on an outside window molding (and a few other places). All the remedial work was easy and took me only 2-3 hours including a visit to Home Depot to buy the materials.

And the bad news, cost me a K-buck to have the house fumigated, last couple days of escrow. I was already moved out by then, never saw the inside of the house after fumigation. Didn't want to.
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