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Old 04-25-2008, 01:43 AM
Location: Rural Florida
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Currently in San Diago gave you the correct advice much more succinctly than I.
It doesn't sound like your house is falling down....and.....lawsuits are no fun.
Don't count on a huge pay off either.
The sticker under your sink would only tell you that the company was there. You should have their report with name and number or your real estate agent does.
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Old 04-25-2008, 12:55 PM
Location: TX
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Thanks everyone...

The termite guy was here today. They are termites. We have an active infestation, there is a tiny hole("kick hole") in the baseboard under the window where they swarmed in from.

As someone pointed out.
Just as note for anyone else...If you find a dead swarm in your house, you have an active infestation. The swam happens when the colony needs to expand. I found bugs dead not just wings. The swams happen in the spring after rains.

So that's the bad news.

The good news, according to the exterminater... is that NO damage in attic or inside drywall, or walls can be noted. Isolated small colony on one wall. They will treat systemicly in soil on hte front of house. (starting at 350)

The $200. is our deductable from the Home warrenty company on the house (we got he termite rider) not the cost the exterminater quoted.

I found the company that the prior owner used....they had carpenter ant 1 time treatment. (for "flying ants" found in mstr bedroom) The company will not give me the reciept or anything.

SO, it's our problem and not as bad as it could be.

The Terminte inspection we had in Oct would not have dectected the problem since there is no "visible signs" of active termites. The "kick hole" the guy saw today is where they swarmed out of and was created for just that purpose.

so, yes I am upset...but not much to do about it ut kill the bastards.

Thanks everyone for your advice and help in claming me down!!!
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:13 PM
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ok--they are in the baseboard and working up the wall right?

probably eating the back of the sheetrock I guess and not been there long enough to weaken it
are these the windows that the owner had replaced? If so then I would be a little more concerned that maybe the windows are not sealed property...

are they going to take off the baseboard/sheet rock and SEE the colony or just treat and go from there?
agree that you should have the MAX area treated that you can get done and if the insurance will cover after the 200 then get the most you can--

did you have more than one company come in?

what type of guarantee will they give you for the price?
is this the same company that the previous owners used?
is it possible that the "carpenter ants" could have been mistaken for termites?

you can see that there is strong similarity between the two species

Google Image Result for http://plantsci.sdstate.edu/ent/entpubs/06_termite_foam_2.jpg

the termites have s smaller body overall and their wings are white vs the brownish wings of the ants

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