Posted by John Fasoldt on 20:37:50 6/2/2014 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Carpenter ants coming from screened porch posted by Tracy on 17:29:03 6/2/2014 from 18.104.22.168:
ďPreventing termites means pre-treatment DURING construction. Such as this:
AFTER a house is built, itís a bit silly (I think) to treat a home that has no termite problem. After all, you could live there for 25 years with nary a sign of a termite. (You could also live there for two years and have a termite problem...)
It all depends, really, on construction practices. If all the sub-contractors follow the ďrules,Ē then termites might take that 25 years (or more) to hit the house. Granted, in time they will, itís just Mother Nature. But why spend the money NOW, when you donít have to? Might sound a bit funny to see an exterminator say that, but think about it...
What happens when you (or your significant other) gets transferred to Walla Walla Washington? And youíve just plunked down a thousand or so hard-earned dollars for a termite job. And the buyer says he DOESNíT want a house treated with chemicals and wants a discount or something. Naw, just handle it when it happens, donít believe what you see on TV, itís all fake. Besides, the cost of the job is the same, whether or not you have termites. Save your money! (Actually, I get that customer later, when he DOES get termites, he comes right back to me.)
So, in a nutshell, I would rather treat a house WITH termites than one without. I can better see the faults that caused the problem(s) and treat those accordingly. Termites are funny bunch. They appear when youíre LEAST expecting it, and all at once. This is what happens and thatís when youíll see this:
When you treat a NEW house, you donít have all that insight. Naturally, you know the obvious spots, dirt-fills, slabs next to the foundations, etc, but you also see a NEW or newer house, not one that has aged and has changed around the outside.
Add a room? Sure, absolutely, have it pre-treated, (with Termidor) during its construction. ESPECIALLY a new house, like yours, but even old houses. (This is not something you can do yourself. Youíll need (and want) an exterminator for that.
The PRIME thing to remember is not to panic. We make very bad decisions that way. Common sense is foremost.
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