The termite report would only be valid for the time it was inspected and to what ever they warranted from the time of repairs. It is possible they are old droppings or were not present at the time, due to being covered up. Could they be from furniture?
You had an agent who represented you and they are the better choice to address this since they have all the documents and we don't.
All the best to you.
Mr. Butterfield and Mrs Vellios make good points. The termite droppings could have been from furniture now gone or newly present. If from furniture now present, cleaning up the droppings and moving the furniture would be diagnostic. If new droppings appear again, under the present furniture in its new location, viola! the furniture is infested. Likewise, to determine if the droppings are from a new or old infection, vacumn them up and wait a week or two to see if any re-appear. If they do, it is an active infection. If nothing reappears after a month, knock on the wood where you think the droppings came from and see if any fall out. If they do, better be safe than sorry and treat the area. Also, infested areas may have a softer knock sound than non infected areas. They may also sound hollow in comparison to adjoining non-infected areas.
So "knock on wood" in hopes of finding no infection. I wonder if that is the origin of the expression or the expression came from prior to Christian tree involved worship rituals by the Druids?
BTW. I gave thumbs up to Mr. Butterfield and Mrs. Vellios.
When you are satisfied your problems with the termites have been resolved, please let us all know what you did to resolve them.
I recommend that you contact the agent who represented you on the purchase. The agent who represented you on the purchase is your best protection with respect to issues such as this.
Termite companies do miss things on occasion. Also, as Mr. Pierce pointed out, this may be a new infestation that occurred after the termite company did the inspection
I have persuaded termite companies to come back and eliminate termites (at the expense of the termite company) that they missed on the inspection. I suspect that your agent can probably do the same.
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From the information you provided, it appears that the termites they found and treated with a local treatment were not in the bedroom and they only warranted that the termites would not re-appear where they treated. Had you gassed the entire house, the warranty probably would have covered the termites now found in the bedroom if found within the warranty period.
With this experience under your belt, you may now understand why we realtors usually recommend the house be tented and gassed when termites are found, especially if the infestation is large, involves anything in the interior of the building, or involves any weight bearing beams, posts, or framing.
I suggest, as Mr. McCord did, that you contact the agent who assisted in you buying the house. Let him read the termite report and check to see if you obtained a section 1 clearance before you closed escrow. You MAY have a warranty still in effect, DEPENDING on how long ago the treatment was, whether it was local treatment or gas, and whether swarming time has passed since your last treatment. This may not be an infestation that existed at the time of closure. Termites swarm at least once per year. That is when they move to new locations, such as previously untouched wood in a bedroom.
In any case, you do want to exterminate those pests as soon as possible so they don't weaken your structure or cause the tell tale smell of termites that can only be gotten rid of by tearing out the infested wood.
This has NOTHING to do with your Real Estate agent. It is your house, your termite report, your situation. (Just a response to the person below..) I am pretty sure your agent did not do the termite inspection, nor did he/she give you the termite warranty.
You should be under warranty if there as an issue, pull out the old report.. it will read on there about it.. at least a one year warranty. I have not heard of a "one shot" termite treatment. I also think you need to do some more research on this to find out what the "droppings" are.. Aside from that, a termite treatment is like.. $750. So, easy with the flip "couple of thousand" thing.
Some more details.. how long you there? Droppings? expalin.. (sawdust?) did you see mud tubes? What?
This is a routine problem which should be handled by your agent i.e. The person who was paid to take care of such issues both during and after your purchase.
You should have received a Section 1 Termite Certification that the property was free of infestation and might also contact the company which issued it.
I think you should be covered. The treatment would have killed the termites on the perimeter and within.. so instead of having everyone guessing for you, have thetermite company come out. It should not cost you anything for an evaluation of the situation,especially under warranty.
If you are within the warranty period, call. Tell them you bought this house, that a treatment was necessary and that you now think you now see termite frass..
(Yes, I realize in my previous answer what I was saying… I was just seeing “termite poop”) it is amazing how you see things in your head sometimes.. I have used the term “termite frass” a gazillion times…
Anyway.. just call and have the termite company tell you that you are not covered. You may be covered. If not, I am sure they will give you an estimate, being a returning customer I am sure they do not want it out that they only kill some termites..
Call the termite company and find out from them.
Anyways, it looks like what I saw (the bedroom) was not found in their report. All I see is "one year guarantee on areas treated only". So ... am I outta luck with this company?