Carolyn is right in Oklahoma it is a question of when you will get termites. Majority of the time you can get rid of termites completely. I would suggest contacting an expert in terminate inspections. I always suggest to my clients as well to get at least 2 if not 3 quotes on any work or pest prevention being done on their home. Termites are a problem that can come back after time. I would speak with the expert on setting a prevention plan for the future as well.
A timeless question.
"..and can they ever be rid of them?"
Continued infestation is typically caused by environment conducive to termites which the homeowner must eliminate such as:
Overhanging trees that drop termites onto the house
Firewood adjacent to the house
Raised planters of wood construction close to the house.
Water sources....now this is the issue that COMPELS the home owner to subscribe to a treatment plan.
The water expelled by HVAC systems are the "Welcome' mat that is hard to eliminate without creating other real problems.
Remove these inherent issues and the termites will not be able to establish squatter status in your home. Buying a annual treatment plan, from a reputable company, is money well spent.
Termites, sand, UV rays, rain, wind, ants, are all part of the environment. With a little preventive measures, they are resolved or acclimated to. Every place has its stuff.
Verify everything with your inspectors and Realtor Member.
The first thing to do is call an exterminator, See if they are active and the current status of the infestation. Then you need to find a good contractor to see exactly how far the damage has gone.
The contractor should be able to locate the damage and give you an estimate to correct the issues.
Remember that these bugs can be eliminated and a warranty can be given,
Years ago the chemical used for pre-treating houses was banned and along came new chemicals, many of which were not very effective but it seems the stuff around now is doing a better job.
Don't be too worried about termites. They are everywhere but with a little effort, they can be controlled.
Have a Blessed day!
Russell Benson, REALTORÂ®
Prudential Alliance Realty
Are you looking to buy a home or do you already own the home: In oklahoma the seller is required to treat a home for Termites if detected unless it is a foreclosure: If you already own a home then you need to contact a Termite company and schedule a treatment, as far as damage it depends on how long termites have been in the home and you would most likely have to remove the dry wall to investigate: Once you have treated you should not have any more problems for several years may never have another problem:
If you are looking to buy i can help you with the process:
405 413 0791
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