Termites


I'm cross-posting here from another group and would appreciate any information on termite extermination. I googled it and found tons of hits on that subject but I would also like to read what anyone has to say who's had experience with those disgusting insects. Thanks in advance.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (~ N i x i ~) wrote in 3113.bay.webtv.net:

Once moving to the mid-south I learned of them and found they can be entertaining.
Along with the termites in the mid-south comes fire ants. You learn that if you go near a fire ant mound and tap your foot they come out by the hundreds in a matter of seconds. So you get a piece of wood with termites in it, go to a fire ant mound, put it down and tap your foot. The fire ants come out and are all over the wood in seconds just a munchin' away on termites. Must taste like chicken to 'em.
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This link has some good information, especially for New Jersey:
http://unexco.com/Termite.html

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"~ N i x i ~" wrote

What are your specific questions? It's too open ended a post here for us to help since we dont even know if these are subterrain types or what.
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On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 17:13:20 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (~ N i x i ~) wrote:

Termite extermination is not a DIY project. Termites are actually useful in breaking down fallen trees for compost, but of course nobody needs them eating their home. I use a perimeter spray to help prevent termite infestation (keeps out other insects too), plus keeping debris away from the foundation and proper drainage will help.
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Perimeter spray's, or any other type of material above ground will not deter termites, years ago a barrier was applied inside and outside of the home, holes were drilled 6inches to 1 ft apart around the perimete and inside, a liquid material was pressure sprayed into them..this presented a barrier termites did not like...thus called a barrier, wasnt always effective. Modern day applications are called bait stations, wooden material is installed to attract any termites in the area...(they are coming anyway) when termites are noted then another material is applied ( I do not know what it is) this material is taken by the termites, and back at the colonies more termites are told good stuuf is there.. Now a termite must shed to grow..just like a snake..if it does not grow it dies....so goes the termite colony it will eventually die out. I know because I have had these for 30 years and finally they are gone, however I am paying an annual bait station fee and inspections to keep them from coming in again.. Here in PA termites are abundant, and anywhere a tree is removed they will move in and eat the roots, if they are in the area..They arent disgusting, just very interesting creatures doing what they were made to do

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Jim C wrote:

That is so last year. The newer technique is an improvement on the bait station chemical and it's a barrier application.
You dig a trench around the perimeter, put in the chemical (Termidor), and cover the trench. Poof! No more termites!
See here: http://www.termidorhome.com/AllAboutTermidor.asp
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~ N i x i ~ wrote:

You need to find a local or area source of information, as dominant species vary from region to region and with climate. Your county or state extension service should have info. Florida has loads of info at univ. extension service. An informed homeowner can probably do as good a termite inspection as any inspectors I have seen, but I firmly recommend an annual inspection from a reputable company. Prevention is also very, very important ... sealing up gaps in exterior from plumbing or elect. entry, etc., keeping wood painted, keeping wood debris away from home, keeping landscaping from contacting wood parts of home.
Basicly, there are two types of termite, subteranean and dry wood, and require different methods of control. If there are contractors who give free inspections, call a couple and pick their brains. You need to inform yourself before contracting for any pest control, and have reliable references for them as well.
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We had a major problem with exterminating termites.... merely saved our house. It seems it was infested with termites and we had no clue because the breeding was taking place in the basemen. We went for a 2 month vacation. When we came back it was awful. However, we managed to get rid of termites by calling a termite extermination company. They house survived, but we sold it after a short period of time. Posted from the Free Home Improvement Forum at http://www.spicyhome.com
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