Posted by Mike K on 16:30:44 4/18/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
First off, thanks for the great website. I wish I had found this right away when I was looking for info.
I have visible subterranean termite damage on one support beam in the basement that's located on the front of the house, which adjoins a possibly dirt filled concrete porch. No one else can find any other signs of damage anywhere.
I've interviewed 4 contractors and eliminated 2 of them. Between the remaining two, they both recommend a trench treatment using termidor around the the outside of the house and drilling through the porch to complete the job. One vendor says he wants to drill the basement (front wall only) and the other says it isn't necessary because of the way termidor works. My questions are..
1st, I'd prefer not to drill holes in my foundation if I can help it. Is it possible to treat successfully without drilling through the slab in the basement or should I try to nuke the termites with every available measure that's being recommended?
and 2nd, what's the worst case scenario for drilling holes in your basement floor. I have nightmares about the holes being drilled and my foundation falling apart. In your experience, have you ever seen any such disasters?
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