Termites -Two Kinds of Houses

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

 

Many years ago and long before real estate, we had experienced "swarmers," some people call them flying ants.

They usually show up in the spring and are a sign of termite activity. Each time we had these " swarmers," we were left with a gazillion wings!  Each time we had a different pest company inspect, we had a treatment that ranged from drilling holes around the house's perimeter and in the basement and garage. Each time we were assured that would be the end. We continued to investigate.

 

-We had a wood deck covering a concrete porch, wholly removed, thinking that was the source.

-We opened a wall on the outside of the house, but that revealed nothing.

 

It was not until we had replacement windows installed that we found the evidence.

Removal of the front window showed the tell-tale signs of termite damage. A pocket knife slid easily right through the board!

 

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There are only two kinds of homes in Maryland. Those that have been treated for termites and those that are going to be treated.

 

Good home inspectors, heck, good agents know the signs of termites. Just because a home had treatment is NO guarantee! I have seen too many termites and too much termite damage (really; we need to call them wood-boring insects).

 

Get your homes inspected. Protect your clients even if the lender does not call for a pest inspection.

When taking a listing, remember to ask about previous treatment.

 

Questions about selling your home

Call Margaret Rome

 

Margaret Rome

Comments (21)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 termites can cause extensive damage to a home. Thanks for an educational post!

Jul 29, 2021 12:08 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Our number one saying out here for sure.  Keeping moisture away from wood out here is the key.  Bill 

Jul 29, 2021 12:44 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  Oh we have swarmers in northwest Florida, too! Gross!! That is why I recommend getting termite protection to everyone around here!

Jul 29, 2021 12:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret we also have termites here in CT, but carpenter ants are a bigger problem, because unlike termites they are hard to detect.  Carpenter ants will destroy the inside of the would, and leave the outside looking perfect.  I had to replace a whole deck because I did not see any damage until I went to replace a board, and began to see other damage.  I had so much damage, that I am surprised the deck did not collapse.

Jul 29, 2021 02:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A few years ago, I painted my house myself with the help of a couple family members.  I was glad I did.  While prepping the house for paint, I came across damage (dry rot and termites), which needed to be remedied before we proceeded with paint.

Jul 29, 2021 07:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jul 29, 2021 07:20 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Michael Jacobs, Two kinds of houses are anywhere that these wood boring critters thrive.

Jul 29, 2021 08:29 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Good to see you John Pusa! Termites, untreated, can do serious damage.

Jul 29, 2021 08:32 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Bill Salvatore,  Good saying...keep the moisture from the wood.

Jul 29, 2021 08:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Wendy Rulnick Good recommendation for everyone! 

Jul 29, 2021 09:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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George Souto, So if they bore through the center of the wood,  how does one discover and treat early enough?

Jul 29, 2021 09:04 PM
George Souto

What I did was to do a maintenance contract with a local exterminator.  They come out every two months to do a treatment.

Jul 30, 2021 06:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George Souto 


Every two months for treatment sounds like it takes care of these ants. I have not seen this kind of damage.

Jul 30, 2021 08:25 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Myrl Jeffcoat So good that you caught the termites and wood rot during the prep and before you painted. Thanks for the feature in the OFC!!

Jul 29, 2021 09:07 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There is a saying here that it is not a matter of if you will have termites, but when you will have termites, haha.

Jul 30, 2021 05:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Those little buggers can do a lot of damage! And as you point out, they are sometimes difficult to find.

 

Enjoy your day!

Jul 30, 2021 06:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Margaret- ugh... I can remember dealing with termites here in Houston. Get an inspection. Our home in Florida had a yearly inspection and I was happy to have it. 

Jul 30, 2021 07:37 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - when we bought our new home in Florida from the builder the house has a guarantee for terminites and I engaged the the terminte company with an annual contract.  Each year they check and I also bought a contract for other pest control.

Jul 30, 2021 12:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Brian England

 

So true "....not a matter of if you will have termites, but when you will have termites"

Jul 30, 2021 08:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Kat Palmiotti, A little damage a lot of damage, they can be hard to find. 

Jul 30, 2021 08:30 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Getting regular inspections is the way to go Kathy Streib 

Jul 30, 2021 08:32 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Grant Schneider, Having a warranty is good.

I did have a new home that had termites. The problem :

The contractors buried old wood scraps around the house.

Jul 30, 2021 08:37 PM