Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:07:19 1/31/2016 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants? posted by Maria Amorim on 23:03:13 1/30/2016 from 188.8.131.52:
You are correct. It won't be termites in a new house. And the ants you see could be any kind of ant. And in such a short amount of time I seriously doubt any "damage" you see is because of the ants. Carpenter ants would take a long time to do any damage - often years!
Usually what happens is the ants enter the house during construction, especially if they have rain during that time. If wooden timbers or panels are are outside, in situ for any length of time, you can have, well, ants! They also could have been BROUGHT in by the builder, after sitting around at the building site, the lumber yard or even at the factory. I have seen that happen many times.
For the most part, treatment for that situation would most likely be a simple pest control, not a serious control effort against these little fellows. Probably around a hundred dollars or less, NOT hundreds of dollars.
But it's up to the termite inspector, you're more or less at his mercy. If you get an honest and ethical inspector, you'll get a proper assessment. If you get someone that's looking to make Big Bucks, you could get hit with a much higher number.
If that happens, and you seek another inspector, even an honest one, and his inspection conflicts with the one you already have, the new buyer is going to want the guy who has given you the highest price, right or wrong. I have seen that go down all the time.
Most of the BIG companies will have guys that will be looking to make some money on this, so you could be in for a bigger bill.
If you can, make the inspection WITH the inspector, question him CLOSELY about the problem(s) he might find, go through mu carpenter ant page and familiarize yourself with what's going on, make yourself aware of what he might be trying to convince you of. Some of these guys are real sharks!
And let me know how it all goes down, I like to know! Good luck!
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