Posted by Reassurance on 14:56:21 5/11/2015 from 18.104.22.168:
Hello United and thank you for your website, it has reduced a lot of my anxiety as a new homeowner. From reading through your many postings, I feel that I may not need to worry, but unfortunately, may need a little reassurance! I recently purchased a home in Burlington County, NJ this past September. The home was built in the 70s and was an estate sale. The seller was going back and forth to the home from a different state for about 3 years prior to selling...mainly to check in every few months and clean out the belongings - not much upkeep, updates, etc. I had to do a ton of yard cleaning (still doing), remove a lot of overgrowth, trim a ton of bushes away from the house, etc. I was also told that the land may have been an old peach farm/orchard, so the soil isn't too great.
I had a home inspection done before closing (August 2014) - no problems found inside except for drill holes all around the outside of the home, in the garage floor, and in the basement. No damage found anywhere. The seller (estate) did not have further information on the treatment. They did find a carpenter ant nest in a tree next to the home, which was then treated - but since then there have been carpenter ants climbing down all of the trees in the backyard - your website says not to worry about this though, correct? But I guess I am still worried about them getting in... I have a warranty on the above treatment, so I am having them come back to take a look, but I guess it isn't necessary?
There are a couple of old tree stumps close to my house (one is less than 10 feet away in front yard, another less than 30 feet in backyard) that have a ton of termites in them including swarmers in them (and also flying around the yard). Of course, a big name company is saying to put the bait stations in the ground for a ton of money that I just don't have, but they did "scare" me.
From your website, I feel that I shouldn't worry about this even though it is very close to my home? I just let them be, correct? Don't have a company "spot treat" them, nor "prevent" them from getting in? Only worry if they get in, correct?
I also have older and newer stumps in the ground from bushes/trees that are directly next to the house. Can I just leave them there, or am I asking for trouble?
Sorry for such a looong message. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this and also provide a response. Do you think I need your company or another company come out to my home for an inspection even though I had it inspected toward the end of August 2014 - given the above information?
Thank you again!!!
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