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Posted by CP on 9:36:27 4/14/2009 from 20.137.18.51:

Sorry about the double post - menat to put this onthe termite board - but the 1st try went onto the main board.

I live in the Northeast in a split level house with cinder block walls on the lower level. We had previously noticed some small damage to the bedroom floor on the 2nd floor. I pulled up the boards and saw some minor damage to the subfloor, but it looked like they came inbetween the subfloor seams more than eating thru the subfloor. All the surrounding area sounds solid.

After a few warm days last month we had winged swarmers coming in udner the backdoor and I saw some coming out of a recessed light fixture that's directly underneath the floor damage. We captured a bunch and took them to the local exterminator (who had a good rating with the BBB).

End result is that they going to treat the house with Termidor, drilling inside the house in the affected sections and all around the outside.

However, I pulled the door/window molding off the affected areas and saw that they had partially eaten thru the bottom sections of wood frame. Not enough to cause structural damage warranting replacing the frames, but since I know some areas where they're actively eating I thought about coating the wood with a boric acid/propylene glycol mixture I found out about after doing some web searching. The stuff is cheap to buy and seems easy to mix with some basic saftey steps. The wood won't be exposed since it'll be covered by the molding. I was just wondering if that will provide any additional benefit.

thanks



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