Hi folks, Erik again.
I’m seeing numerous problems with Termites during my inspections lately. The swarming season is over and I’m finding active infestations by Drywood Termites. These show themselves by the presence of the wings they’ve discarded on window sills and horizontals, and I’m seeing the majority inside my attic inspections. Once they get inside they nest in colonies of about a 1000 insects, but there can be several colonies within the same structure.
I’m also seeing a strong number of Subterranean Termites. The key here is we’re all getting out doing landscaping projects and none more so than sellers trying to improve the curb appeal. Buyer beware! A common and quick way to improve curb appeal is to hire one of the handy people going door to door offering to refresh the mulch beds by the bag. The fastest method to do this work is laying the bags side by side and cutting the top plastic off later. The bottom plastic is left and doesn’t breathe like weed block products. The bottom plastic causes the ground to stay wet. Two things Termites love; water and food! So these handy people just gave the Termites both right up against the home.
If the Termites haven’t been there for long the treatment will rid the home before any real damage occurs. The best maintenance plan is to carry a bond with a local Pest Control company to periodically inspect the home and their treatment means. And if you’re buying a home find out what the sellers have done in the past and get a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection to verify the home is free of the pests.