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16 February 2010

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michael hare

A big job getting at the termites in an established house.

Did the workmen fit little pipes into the holes so that if they ever come back they won't have to drill? Just spray the pesticide through the pipes.

Some friends I know got their house done, floors, walls and ceilings. It was nearly 3 months before the lady of the house could move back in because of the fumes and smell. But in your case it was only the floors so probably less smell.

All I can say is good luck and I hope the termites never return.

Michael

Mike

Hi Lawrence, I wouldn't know if we had termites or not, but we have solid concrete floors so I suppose its unlikely?

I have however seen termites when they leave the nest and commit mass suicide on the security lights!!

Martyn

Lawrence I've finally managed to post my comments, what I fixed on my computer heaven knows.

This is an interesting post because our village garden had a young German Palm Tree a couple of years back but it got infested with termites and perished. It was my favourite tree and Wilai used to refer to it as 'hus...band tree.'

Since its demise the termites don't appear to be barking or whatever noise they make up any other tree. Reading your post makes me wonder if they've set up camp under the pad. That's scary.

Do you mind me asking how much the treatment cost.

Lawrence

Michael, thanks for wishing us luck here. But our experince so far is that they will be back. People say this is mainly because we leave the house empty for so long each year.

Yes, the holes are plugged, so less drilling next time.

We didn't need a full internal fumigation because the little so-and-sos hadn't got very far, so the smell was not too bad.

Lawrence

Mike, don't get too complacent. Our house has a concrete base, and good, deep concrete foundations. The termites only live there but com up and climb the walls when they smell wood (cellulose, in fact). So the wood in, say, your roof is worth checking, although they usually leave a dirty brown stain trail so you can see if they've climbed your wall. Unless you have a dirty brown wall, of course (seems unlikely).

Lawrence

Martyn, welcome back, glad you got it working again.

See my reply to Mike above as far as whether you might have them or not. But I guess Wilai would recognise the signs and is unlikely to think them hus...band friend.

Our treatment cost 10,000 Baht, double strength with 2-year guarrantee. Single-strength with one-year is half that (I know how good your maths is). The pricing plans suggest a certain inevitability about them coming back.

Talen

It's unfortunate that Thai's don't seem to eat termites...I don;t think anyone would have a problem then.

I'd imagine that termites love teak. 10k baht seems like a fair price for two years and it will probably be something you'll have to keep up.

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