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TERMITES!!!

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I WAS JUST IN MY BACKYARD RAKING AND CLEANING UP STUMPS THAT WERE LEFT BY THE BUILDER. WHEN WE CUT 1 OF THE STUMPS, WE DISCOVERED TERMITES! I POURED TERPENTINE ON IT AND LITE THE STUMP ON FIRE. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR TERMITE CONTROL? I NEED TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE I HAVE A DOG A 2 CATS THAT GO OUT IN THE YARD. IF THERE IS A WAY TO AVOID HIRING SOME OVER-PRICED PEST CONTROL, I’LL DO IT. THANKS, JEN
Submitted: 12 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  erthgoddss replied 12 years ago.
Before you do anything at all.. please go to this site: http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/Insects/g1062.htm

The reason I say this is because you may have already taken care of the problem. I am speaking from personal experience. I had a termite colony living in a stump also. I got rid of it in a similar fashion to what you have done. I then had my house inspected (luckily a friend of mine did it for a fraction of the cost) and there was no infestation inside my home. I wish now I had looked further.. here is what it says on the site that may help you to see if there is evidence of infestation in your home:

Evidence of Termite Infestations

Wood damaged by termites always has remains of mud tubes attached to wood galleries or tunnels in an irregular pattern. The tunnels may contain broken mud particles with fecal materials. In the case of an active colony, white termites may be found in infested wood.
The presence of flying winged males, females or their shed wings inside the building indicates an infestation.
The presence of mud or shelter tubes extending from the ground to woodwork or on foundation walls also may indicate infestation. Workers travel periodically via shelter tubes to their nest to regain moisture and perform feeding duties. Each mud tube is approximately the diameter of a lead pencil.

If you find you do have an infestation.. Here is a site for treating the problem yourself (but beware.. check on your homeowners insurance.. if you do more damage or if you don't get rid of the problem.. the amt the insurance company will cover may be compromised)
http://www.epestsupply.com/Termiteinfo.htm?source=ov?kw=termitetreatment

These are sites that claim natural treatment for termites:
www.alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/boric_acid.html
www.nobuggy.com/pests_fungus/termites.html
www.slma.org/_disc1/00000064.htm

Hope this helps!

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