valerie wrote: In the USA, termites exist in every state except Alaska. I guess it's normally too cold for them to exist in Alaska.
I guess it's all about taking care of ones property. It's no different than having a problem with
bears or some sort of bug or critter or fire or tornado or earthquake, etc. Everyone needs to
protect their property from mother nature because she can get mighty ugly at times.
I have family and colleagues in the US in different states and nobody has had termites. They have had
ants problems but that was fixed eventually. I guess old home owners are more at risk, and some people have decaying wood in their backyard along with buckets of stagnant water or poorly draining rain water, defective
spouts, etc. Personally I hate bugs, any bugs, can't stand them. The only insects I don't mind are bees (they are essential and don't sting unless provoked, they die if they sting ) and spiders (they do their own quiet thing and eat your bugs for you (free bug control ). The rest I can do without.
No, I've never had termites but I have always, no matter what house I owned, I always had it
protected with pest control.
Yeah the biggest area to start with is outside the home since they come from outside. Hmmm this
topic inspires me to movie ideas
You can't hear termites. At least, I don't think you can. There are several different types of termites.
You can't hear them, but you can hear the sound of wood being chomped and foraged by termites or carpenter ants. It has a distinct sound and you can hear it when everything else is quiet. I know some people who have had
these problems hidden behind walls and discovered it by sound, night when everything is quiet the "scrrrscrrrscrrscrrscrr" type sounds ..... In some cases you might notice powder and residue on wood (where the ants forage their way) or holes in decaying wood or otherwise..........OR you notice you have termites when your entire house crumbles over your head due to them eating out your structure
I could never live where it is cold most the time. I was born and raised near Chicago and I never want
any part of that again. Not that I regret growing up there because I don't. But I sure remember the
cold and wind and trudging thru the snow to school.
Well they don't call it the windy city for nothing....... BTW I have heard about new breed of very nasty insects to invade globally, and these will be resistant to most products and will be active even in winter and cold months.
They say that termite damage is more prominent than earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.
That it cost more than all the other natural disasters.
Termites are most every where, and they can infect new houses the same as old house.
You don't normally hear about new houses being infected because most everyone has their new houses
treated for termites. In fact, it's the law in most states that your house must be inspected and treated
for termites before you can sell it.
My guess is, you don't hear about new houses being infected because of the laws.
Old houses, on the other hand, were built before such termite laws were in place. So even at some point
in time people treat the old houses for termites, there can still be a lot of termite damage from years past.
I wouldn't buy a house any where in the USA (exception Alaska) that had not been inspected and treated