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If a house is getting fumigated for termites, what is the likelihood that the neighboring houses also have termites?

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Terri Vellios’ answer
Mitchell said it well. When they are killed are they killed. But that doesn't mean that your houses haven't been share the tubes or flying termites prior to. It's advisable to have a regular Termite Service to keep them at bay.
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There is a likelihood that every house has had, has now or will have termites at some point in time.
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Termites are quite common in Brooklyn. If you haven't had them yet, you probably will soon. If your neighbor has/had them, you probably will as well. The key is catching them before they become a real problem. In most cases you will know you have termites before any real damage is done. Tell tale signs of termites are the presence of "swarmers". These basically look like ants, slightly larger and they have wings. When they land their wings fall off, when you see a lot of these wings they may look like fish scales and you may not know what exactly they are (if you look real close you can tell they are wings). Often times a dead "swarmer" will be found in the cob webs around your heating system. Also, termites build mud tubes in the wood that you can see, they are moist to the touch. If you really take a good look around your basement periodically, you will usually see these tell tale signs if you have termites.If there are no tell tale sign but you are concerned, the best way to know for sure would be to hire a licensed termite inspector to take a look. An inspection probably cost about $100.00 and if it is a big concern for you you may want to have one once a year!

If you do have termites you will want to exterminate them immediately. This entails injecting insecticide below the foundation of the house and/or garage (because termites come from underground). You can usually tell if a home has had a termite "treatment" done because you see the scars around the foundation of the house (filled in drill hole marks). Don't let that scare you, all it means is that the house was treated for termites. These treatments have probably been done in at least half the houses in Brooklyn at some time or another. When a house it treated for termites, the homeowner is given a 1 year warranty on the service, hence if the termites come back after a year or less, the company would have to do another treatment for free. After a termite treatment is done, the homeowner can renew the warranty each year for a nominal fee.

In the end, termites can always come back because the treatment only lasts so long.

This is what a swarmer termites looks like:
http://www.termites.com/

Visual comparason of ant and termite:
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2092C.html

Here is what their wings look like:
http://www.termiteweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/drywood…

Sincerely,
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Email: MitchellSFeldman@aol.com
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