Is this done by termites?

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I opened a wall of an old house and found some wood in terrible shape. There is no sign before ripping off the drywalls. I was told by a contractor there that it's termite. Never dealt with this thing.

Is this done by termites? What's the best way to treat the termites and kill it forever?

Thanks

Lei


Looks like blisters and long grooves left by termites. 

Just had our house treated for termites. We were able to get it done for about $500, but prices can vary depending on the damange. Maybe try to find a local guy. They drilled a bunch of holes in the ground all the way around the house. We now have to keep up with the treatment by having it retreated every year for about $100/year. It's not a one time and done type of thing.

Definitely termites, can be treated for $800-1200. Pretty common, especially in some areas.

Big question mark is how much of the framing needs to be replaced.

Treating / terminating the termites is not difficult. The bigger issue/cost will be replacing what they've damaged.

Originally posted by @James Mcsweeney :

Looks like blisters and long grooves left by termites. 

Just had our house treated for termites. We were able to get it done for about $500, but prices can vary depending on the damange. Maybe try to find a local guy. They drilled a bunch of holes in the ground all the way around the house. We now have to keep up with the treatment by having it retreated every year for about $100/year. It's not a one time and done type of thing.

Thank you, James. Your price paid is very good, a quick search in my area (Indiana) shows a price of $1000 or more. And they just use a baiting system but not the liquid one into the soils.

 

Originally posted by @Mike McCarthy :

Definitely termites, can be treated for $800-1200. Pretty common, especially in some areas.

Big question mark is how much of the framing needs to be replaced.

Thank you for the price tag... for treatment. Yep, have to check how much wood to replace, (:

 

Originally posted by @Nathan G. :

Treating / terminating the termites is not difficult. The bigger issue/cost will be replacing what they've damaged.


Yep,  (:

 

Hi All,

I asked three companies to the site for inspection. None of them see any sign of active infestation but they all suggest me to do a full treatment no matter what. They all say that there's possible to have the colony under the ground or somewhere. All are recommending me to subscribe to their annual treatment/inspection after the first treatment.

I also found there is a split opinion among the companies about the treating method.

1. liquid Termidor® termiticide/insecticide termite treatment

$750/the first year; $75 annual inspection afterwards

  1. 2. Sentricon baiting system
  2. Initial treatment 1-year (around $1000 or more); >$200/year afterwards

Each one claims that their method is the best way to treat termites. Some people also recommended this baiting system that is very cheap compared to what I was quoted for the above two methods:

Spectracide® Terminate® Termite Detection & Killing Stakes - 15 Pack
Model Number: HG-96115 Menards® SKU: 2637567 ---$50

What shall I do? Any suggestions from your experience? Thanks!

Lei

@Lei L.  I don't know about IN, but I has a house in CO that had termite issues, but came with an exterminator's rollover contract. He used the chemicals approach and every spring I had a huge problem with those flier thingies coming out of the basement. I switched to a bait system and it never happened again.

That looks like a house I am doing in Indy area.  We had to replace a sill plate and several beams (some we were able to just sister).  We had Orkin come do an evaluation.  It was in an older part of the house, none in the newer additions and they did not see any current activity.  We did the initial treatment, but will decide later about the annual.

I rehab a lot of homes in Indianapolis. Several gut jobs. Mostly older homes. I’d guess at least 90% of them show termite damage. Fire damage too. That stud is old growth and at least 50 years old. That damage might be from way back and not a current problem. Look outside and you may already have treatment done. Maybe just replace the damaged lumber and move on. How old do the dirt tubes look?