Termites: Mine or my Neighbors

Old 04-12-05, 04:05 PM
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Termites: Mine or my Neighbors

I had an whole house termite treatment performed 5 years ago and a spot treatment performed 2 years ago. There is this one area in the basement which is a foundation wall and behind this wall is my neighbors front steps. I suspect the termites are digging up to my neighbors steps which are made of concrete and then digging sideways to find cracks in the foundation wall to enter my home above the areas which have been treated. The neighbor has never had their house treated for termites and is on limited income. In 30 years, I had two whole house treatments and one spot treatment two years ago. Two days ago, I found swarmers coming out of a return air grille. The duct attached to this grill is made of sheetrock and lumber and this return duct is up against the foundation wall using a front and bottom piece construction and the back is exposed to the foundation wall. Does anyone know of any ways to determine if my hunch is correct? And if it is, what type of materials or chemicals can I apply on this wall? Its tough for me to investigate and find the entrance because the area in question has been finished off with 2 by 3 lumber and sheetrock to create a new wall. I do not see any damage yet, but there was some two years ago where the termites actually ate through the drywall. They did this because there used to be a source of water in my basement in the form of a 120 gallon fish tank. Any tips appreciated. Thanks, Bob.
Old 05-20-05, 09:06 PM
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Had the home been treated with Termidor, if it is legal where you are the termites that you are talking about would have been killed in the first place. I have treated homes that are several feet apart and killed the termites in the neighboring home, not to mention homes that are abutting like what you are talking about. If your homes are that close I would get a Termidor treatment on the home, a full treatment, if legal in your area and it will take care of any and all your problems. Dont have a spot treatment done it will not do you any good have a full treatment done with Termidor.
Old 06-04-05, 11:58 AM
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I agree. But make sure your swarmers are not dry wood termites. Drywood termite swarmers are beige. Subs are black. If black - termidor. If beige - start at the beginning with a good inspection to see if fumigation is needed.

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