My grandma has termites in her house. Help?

Question by 1+1=3: My grandma has termites in her house. Help?

My grandma recently realised some of the wood door frames were rotting. She called for an inspection and it was confirmed that she has termites.

We know nothing about termites and how to get rid of them so we’re relying on professionals. The problem is that they all tell you that different methods are better, example, baiting termites, or spraying chemicals around the house.

Who do we trust? We live in Australia and they all want around $ 4000 and an annual fee for further return inspections.

I understand there are different methods and each method has different brands of chemicals and bait traps.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by kaydid:

we live in calif. and we tent the house and we had no trouble with them any more it does cost allot.

5 thoughts on “My grandma has termites in her house. Help?

  1. First replace any damaged wood trim around windows, siding, and doors, etc. Here in the Washington DC area, our preferred termite treatment method is to drill holes in the basement floor next to the exterior walls every 18 inches or so and put the treatment in the holes. It ruins the floors but it works long term. The holes are then filled in. Of course you also treat the soil next to the foundation on the outside of the house. The hole drilling is expensive since you are probably drilling through concrete. You are right to be wary when the methods of different contractors don’t agree.
    It sounds like the termites have been in there a long time, so don’t try to do the cheapest thing. I think you shouldn’t have to pay an annual fee for inspections. That is a bit unreasonable and just an easy way for the contractor to make money.

  2. Termite controller will not guarantee their job.. The only way to get rid of termites is a long job.. You can do a lot yourself however commercial applications will dent the population considerably.. The house will have up to 70% more damage than you are aware of and depending on how serious you are depends on how far you want to go. Termites will live under concrete floor pads.. Use besa blocks for their motorway systems, track off any vine or tree that is touching the house.. The first job is to assure that reinfection cannot obviously occur.. Check the perimeter of the structures.. Clear all plants, trees that are touching the house.. Earth directly against foundations can be a direct route for them.. Holes need to be drilled around the complete perimeter of the home at about 2 metre intervals.. and poison inserted into the drilled holes.. If you have besa block you can drill holes at similar intervals and drench the inside of the hollow block work with poison.. If you have concrete floors you can drill a series of holes through the floors and insert poison.. Local infections can be sprayed where they are present.. Drill holes along interior walls and insert poison… bait traps are only for ongoing care and not the today problem.. You can use Talsar and buy this from your local or rural farm supply depot.. Protection is required when using this effective poison..
    Look around the yard and spray areas that might be sheltering them.. Nests can be mounded and are visual however most nests are not mounded and often are built between wall framing like a honeycomb bees nest but made from mud.. Termites do not need water despite what you are told..They gain moisture from the air very efficiently.. Replace any timbers with only treated timbers.. Hardwoods are not resistant to termites despite old traditions. When repairs begin, flood out the opened up areas with Talsar or similar equivalent… good luck but keep at it and do not let it get you.. Remember to follow up treatments otherwise they will come back…

  3. The most common treatment in the US for subterranean termites is to apply a chemical around the perimeter of the house and at those places where pipes or other items come up from the ground. With this method there is usually a 4 to 7 year guarantee with annual inspections that have a very nominal fee.
    My daughter recently had her home treated and the first time cost was about $ 1,500 with an annual fee of $ 125.
    There are other types of termites that require tenting to kill. Also in some cases the infestation is so severe that only tenting will get to all of the termites in the house.
    Bait systems are more expensive than the perimeter treatment I described and takes many visits from the company doing the treatment.

  4. There are several things to consider.
    Unless she lives north of Sydney, they are extremely unlikely to be drywood termites. If she’s in a cooler or more moist zone, they might well be dampwood termites, especially if the wood is being regularly wetted. These two types require very different control responses. However, it is better than an 80% chance that the termites are subterraneans and most probably Coptotermes (unless she’s in the far north again).
    For Coptotermes attacking a house, the first thing the pest manager should do is try to locate their central nest. If found, this can be poisoned very cheaply. Failing that, the next thing is to try to give the termites a dose of a slow acting poison that will kill the whole colony. This can be done with baits or with dusts applied directly into their tunnels. Baiting programs can be pricey. In most major cities, where there is stiff competition and a winter lull in work, you should be able to get one with all the bells and whistles for under $ 3,000.
    Some services use non-repellent termiticides (Termidor, Premise) to try and control the colony while also providing a barrier spray. The barrier spray can help prevent future attacks, but regular inspections can catch attacks before things get bad. Baits don’t provide any ongoing protection. Even if you keep paying for the baits in perpetuity, the termites may simply pass between them. Barriers are the surest way to try to keep them out.
    What you need is to be in command of the facts. You need to know which type of termite is the problem. You need to know how bad the attack is, how widespread the damage is and whether a nest (or nests) exists in nearby trees. Only then can you make good decisions about how to act.
    There is a huge range in knowledge levels, work quality and apparent honesty out there. Choosing a service provider well can save you a lot of money.
    Don’t be rushed into anything. The rate of damage is very slow over winter (but again not in the tropics–it would really help if you’d said where–Australia is a huge and varied place with more than 30 species of termites that might get into your house.)
    Hopefully each of the people you spoken to so far has given you a written quote with all the right paperwork laying out warranty and exclusions.
    Ignore a lot of the advice you get from overseas people. Australia is a very different place. It is critically important not to disturb the termites before beginning the proper control measures. It is easy to make them go away for a little while (especially in winter), leaving you thinking that they’ve really gone when they’ll be back in the summer.
    Another thing to watch is that there may be multiple colonies, even species, doing the attack. The management plan needs to be robust enough to cover this risk.
    Once you have the termites controlled, repairs can begin but consideration needs to be given to the factors that promoted the attack. There is likely to be a drainage or ventilation issue that needs attention.
    Hope this helps.

  5. I too had a problem with termites. until I got rid of them. The termite guy told me to spray the flying ones with window cleaner to kill them until he could come back and spray for them to kill the larvy. I didn’t believe him but it actually worked. It doesn’t have to be the expensive brand of window cleaner either.

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