I have been reading about infra-red cameras. Some inspectors use these cameras and charge an extra fee. What is it that these cameras ($3500+) can do that a good inspector with a flashlight, screwdriver, moisture meter, and years of experience can't do? Thanks.
Submitted by Bill, CA
I own and operate a fairly new company. I am licensed in Termite Control, and have been asked by several people to assume their annual termite inspections. I am cautious about taking over another company's work. I have been researching this question and have found no information that supports taking over another company's work.
Submitted by Michael, LA
I have a customer who is interested in a preventive termite treatment. One section of the home is within five feet of a flowing stream that enters into a river. I use Termidor and I am confused about the label. It says that structures within five to ten feet of a well or body of water must use the backfill method. What do you do if the structure is closer than five feet or right at five feet? A...
Submitted by John, NJ
I treated a residence in August. Termites swarmed out the next spring, but I could not find any active infestation on walls, baseboards or studs. They swarmed out from behind some siding at the front door. The siding was not removed, so I am not aware of any live infestation behind it. I had drilled the butted slabs and treated the area below the siding, so is that considered to still be an act...
Submitted by Pat, TX
I have a question about a house that was previously treated for subterranean termites using a repellent termiticide, Dragnet, approximately 4 years ago, but the structure has active termites. The company that performed the original application went out of business, and the owners want to have the house re-treated using a non-repellent material (Termidor.) Will the previous treatment have any ef...
Submitted by Jay, NM
I am dealing with a property that has been treated numerous times by another pest control company. The building is a two story duplex with a brick exterior, concrete slab floor, pine tongue-and-groove ceiling, no attic access in both units which are occupied, with lots of personal belongings obstructing interior walls. Inacessible areas are beneath the stairs and plumbing runs are in a center ...
Submitted by Richard, NV
My question is about my 5-year "booster" treatments that are needed for my existing termite customers. I am starting to have some customers that do not have the funds to pay for this, and I believe that their homes, that were treated by me and never had any more problems, are going to be susceptible to termites again. I would hate to lose them & also the yearly renewal, which is money I rely on...
Submitted by Blair, LA
I have heard that ants are a natural predator of termites - true? not true?
Submitted by Rhonda, CA
How many Termites can a female Termite produce in her lifetime?
Submitted by Jodi
Are all termites "True Insects"? Do Drywood Termites actually eat their dead? Are Drywood Termite pellets always "Old" if their color is black? Can Subterranean Termites Soldiers be heard pounding their heads within wooden structures?
Submitted by Lance, CA
I have always done termite pretreat applications prior to the slabs being poured, rodding down around the footings to ensure the adjacent soil is being treated, and of course along foundations, pipe openings, etc. This particular school I am starting insists that I treat the soil before the footings are poured. I have studied the label and it states that under all circumstances do not treat und...
Submitted by Patrice, NJ
I have a hotel with a problem with Subterranean termites downstairs in one of the hillside suites. The owner is very difficult and is limiting my treatment options. The problems are on a wall that has five 10 foot paintings that are worth a few hundred thousand dollars. One of the painting frames was removed for repair because of termite damage but the owner is refusing to remove the other 4 in...
Submitted by Wayne
Will termites eat insulation? Blue styrofoam was destroyed in a roof being fixed after it had leaked. No mud was found or evidence of any other kind in the rest of the building.
Submitted by Curtis, UT
Do termites eat sheetrock? I know they damage it, but I am not sure if they digest it.
Submitted by Ricardo, CA
What is the average lifespan for termites - subterranean & drywood?
Submitted by Jodi
How long on average will it take termites to damage structural members of a home if it is not treated. This takes into account that the house is not the only feeding site.
Submitted by Scott, MA
I would like to know what the recommended treatment is, using I MaxxPro in a preconstruction setting, where there is drain tile present in and around the perimeter of a basement. Thank you.
Submitted by Joe, KS
Here in the Caribbean we rely on cisterns built under houses for 90% of our water supply. Some PCO's here tell customers that they need to treat the cistern slabs and pool slabs for Subterranean Termites before casting concrete. I feel it's dangerous and a waste of time. If a termite can enter the cistern or pool floor slab that means the cistern is not sealed, and therefore will leak, and ther...
Submitted by Wayne
Although I'm licensed to treat for termites and the use of Termidor, I've yet to treat for termites. I recently received a call to do so at an apartment complex. An inspection of the lower level unit revealed soft spots all along a baseboard that I could push my finger through. The wood seemed to have tunneling and I suspect termites. There were also little divets in the cement wall. Could term...
Submitted by Darren, UT
Recently I had a customer who witnessed his 1st swarm of Formosan termites. I've never treated his home for termites. The house was built in the late 1940's and sits on brick veneer piers. In the front of the house there is a brick wall with the same pattern of piers that the house sits on. The bricks are mortared together with concrete poured in the middle, cracking somewhat throughout the hom...
Submitted by Blair, LA