Posted by John Fasoldt on 10:01:01 6/18/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Possible Termite issue posted by JackV on 9:01:31 6/18/2015 from 184.108.40.206:
Short answer? Don't worry about it.
To explain: If you have wood in contact with the ground, the termite will find it. So if you have an umbrella that's "in the ground," or even if it's just in contact with the ground, the termites will find it. That goes for, say, a wooden picnic table that's sitting on the ground. Whether it's in Monmouth County, in my county or in Kansas City. Termites are literally everywhere. And even if it's sitting on concrete, concrete will crack, and termites only need a 64th of an inch to get through...
So, if you can, keep things like that so they are not in contact with the ground, and you'll have a lot less trouble with termites.
And BTW, termites and ants are mortal enemies, so if they chance to meet, which sometimes they do, the ants will carry off and EAT the termites. They don't meet that often, ants are terrestrial, termites (around here) are subterranean.
Hope that answers your question.
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