I am looking for some advice on a termite problem. First some
Each year for the past 4 years we have had termite swarm around our
garage and front porch. The swarmers were mostly inside of the garage
with a few in the living room. . The house is under a treatment
warranty with Terminix from a treatment that was done maybe 12 years
ago by the previous owner. Each year we had an inspector come out.
Each year they could find no evidence of active termites inside of the
house. Because of the swarmers, one year they re-treated the porch,
the next on side of the garage. This year two different inspectors
looked and found nothing. A couple of days later I noticed a small
hole in the drywall of my living room ceiling. I pushed on the area
and notice that some of the paint was loose. I pulled off an area of
paint a couple of square inches and found a live termite. It looks
like it was eating the paper covering of the drywall.
I am wondering how big of a problem I may have. Around 6-9 months ago
I had an area approximately 0.5 square feet over my living room window
where the paint pealed off in a similar manor. Under the paint was
sandy grit and no drywall paper. Because I did not see any typical
termite tunnels, at the time a figured the pealing was from an old
drywall repair that had gone bad. Now that I found a live termite in a
similar area I am changing my view.
Terminix tells me that they want to retreat my front porch and that I
should just wait to see if any other areas of drywall show bad spots
before doing anything else. They do not want to open an area of the
wall unless more signs of damage show. Does this sound reasonable or
should I fight to have them do more investigation for damage? My
current warranty covers both re-treatment and repair of any new
damage. With seeing the swarmers for 4 years, I am worried that
something major could be going on inside of that wall or in the attic.
Terminix tells me that because of the heat and dry air of the attic,
it is very unlikely that they would be in there.
Thanks for any help/comments.