Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:02:23 6/24/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Termites and brick houses... posted by Moni on 22:37:47 6/23/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
Termites, that is, subterranean termites, will enter any home sitting on the ground. That includes structures that are built entirely of other materials, not just wood. After all, the termites are not aware there is no wood, they just enter because it’s there!
Naturally, you wouldn’t experience any damage from the invasion, in that case, even though you would quite likely experience the swarming that comes with them. In a structure with no wood, termites are not a structural danger - just an “aesthetic danger.”
Therefore, spending your money on replacing wooden components with impervious components would be the way to go. Replace the wooden door frames with steel, and you won’t have any damage from termites - even though you might have incursions of termites LOOKING for wood.
And, of course, any building with wooden components will eventually have a termite problem, regardless of what floor it’s on - unless termite treatment was applied to the ground to stop them.
The best termiticde, at the moment, in my opinion, is Termidor. There is no odor, and the health and safety issues are minimal, and the efficacy is absolutely first rate. Currently, a properly treated house, treated with Termidor, is safe against intrusion for upwards of ten years. Sometimes more or less, depending on local conditions.
All in all, replacing the wooden components would be a far better investment for your money, I would think. The possible appearance of the swarming (harmless) is another matter, but damage would just not happen.
Hope this helps.
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