The Termite Trojan Horse

Real Estate Agent with DWELL REAL ESTATE BK3105105

I love shopping in antique and consignment shops but the money saved can often cost you a bundle.  One of my sellers is now going through the expensive procedure of having her three floor home completely tented because of a lovely dining room table and six chairs she purchased at a great price.  Termite infestation is not always visable until it is too late and once the furniture is in your home you have your Trojan termites. Termites There is a solution and it is quite a simple one.  Here in Sarasota we have several pest control companies that offer "Vault" fumigation.  One of them is Pestguard.  You have your furniture delivered to them, it is stored in an air-tight container until there is enough furniture to warrant a fumigation run and then you can come pick it back up, all clean and clear.  So, be cautious when bringing any kind of wooden furniture, baskets or accessories into your home.  You never know what lurks within!

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Marnie Matarese |Broker Associate | GRI|RSPS|SRES | DWELL Real Estate 


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Comments (5)

Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Wow! never given much though to Trojan Termites storing away in furniture of other items. Knowing where to store wood furniture in a safe environment or have them fumigated would eliminate these sneaky pest from invading our home.

Dec 04, 2018 04:11 AM
Marnie Matarese

What I find most distressing is that many buyers and sellers do not get a pest prevention contract that protects them later.  All that money for tenting and they can come right back!  Especially here in Florida.


Dec 04, 2018 05:36 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Like Bob, never heard of this either. Makes a lot of sense though.

Dec 04, 2018 04:36 AM
Marnie Matarese

Took me by surprise!

Dec 04, 2018 05:35 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Marnie, I've always wondered about that and particularly with some rough primative pieces that are stored in a barn or shed on a dirt floor!  Pennies on the dollar to get proper protection!

Dec 04, 2018 05:07 AM
Marnie Matarese

I guess that "weathered" look may be termite induced!


Dec 04, 2018 05:35 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Marnie. I never ever heard of this before but it did get my attention.

Dec 04, 2018 05:26 AM
Marnie Matarese

I now wonder if furniture stores, consignment shops etc. even check for termites.

Dec 04, 2018 05:34 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Marnie I've never heard of this happening to anyone here in PHX and we've known for termites.  That would be a major bummer - yikes!

Dec 04, 2018 03:35 PM
Marnie Matarese

The thing is, who ever really knows, when they find termites, where they came from?  We always assume that it is a swarm.

Dec 05, 2018 03:38 AM