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Old 02-25-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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is this a common issue in texas?
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Common--yes
Invasive-- like in New Orleans and other more tropical climates--not really
there are two types of termites in the US now however and the Formosa species is much more dangerous

there are probably plenty of homes that never have problem with termites--there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood your house might be infested--
the trick is to check around your foundation line and your plumbing runs since they come up from the ground

you just hear about the ones who do
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Our home inspector told us that "It's not IF a Texas home will have termite damage, but WHEN and HOW MUCH." Almost any existing home you buy is going to have some termite damage. The key is to have termite inspections done frequently and to treat any damage quickly and fix it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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is this a common issue in texas?
Yes termites are a common issue in Texas. We are in the high probability zones for them. Unfortunately about 6 - 8 years ago we also started to see a new breed in our area called the Formosan Termite ( Formosan Subterranean Termites). These little guys were a gift from cargo ships and imports of products, and were not native to the US.

The link above is a good source of termite information. If you think you have an issue many of the pest control companies around here will provide free or very low cost inspections. If you are concerned I would have one performed.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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Have the perimeter of your foundation sprayed with Termidor proactively. Mix it in the dirt..Stuff is certain death for termites.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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in our case we had bought house in the 80s and only discovered years after we had it treated for termites that the builder had left open to the raw ground an area under the bathtub in master bath--he SHOULD have used tar or something like it--to seal the area where the drain for the tub and water pipes came in from the slab but they did not--
was open invitation to the termites

the bathtub and shower shared a common interior wall--
when we had remodeling done--after taking out the shower the contractor discovered that the 2x4 framing was pretty much eaten up on two walls and part of the subfloor for the attic above them...
the termites had come up through the dirt into the inbetween and begun eating way--

he also found under the Roman tub a huge fireant mound--dead--
the fire ants had come in from the ground and killed the termites--they love termites

that was not really why we had the house treated because they had swarmed and come into an exterior wall in another room and we found them before they did any real damage....

but checking around plumbing runs is something Orkin does when they come out for inspection every year--because termites are very likely to come up from the ground on plumbing runs

nowadays--new construction has ways to really restrict entry by termites--there are shields and stuff that can be installed around pluming and wiring conduits--
but with older homes that option was not around
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