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!
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.
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