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How to treat Termites around concrete areas?

I'm having an issue with termites at the back of my house where there isn't any dirt/soil for at least 10-12 feet in every direction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7rW_TSBHJ4 After watching this ...
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How do I replace the king stud and header on a termite damage exterior wall?

Exterior wall has termite damage and I'm not sure how to support it and replace it.
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Repairing termite damage floor joist

I have some old termite damage to the end of a 2x12 floor joist. One end is sitting on a metal beam running along the centerline of my two story house (that sits on the foundation walls). The other ...
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How much old termite damage is acceptable?

Renovating a house. We confirmed with a pest company that there was a prior termite infestation but no current termite infestation. We are replacing some baseboards and I saw evidence of the old ...
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How to address termite damage on main supporting beam

Was inspecting the house and found clear evidence of termite damage on the supporting beam of the house, thankfully no evidence of living colonies and this was the only issue amazingly. House is on a ...
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Is this termite damage? Mold damage? Something else?

I recently sold an old freestanding wine cellar and found a lot of dust and some mold underneath and behind it, plus this circular area on the baseboard, with some wood shavings below. Doesn't look ...
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Could I cut out the affected area in a termite damaged joist or would I need to replace the whole joist if it's rotted at the end

So I have a 2x10 floor joist that's only about 5 feet long (short because it only spans a rounded part of my house) which has termite damage at one end for about 1.5 feet. The damage is on the ...
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Will charred polyurethane cedar deter termites?

Live in the south and planning an outdoor kitchen that has a fireplace charcoal grill and smoker. Looking to store cherry, peach and apple wood next to it I'd like to deter termites as best as ...
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Is this a termite?

There's a bunch of these critters on my window sill. There doesn't appear to be damage from what I can tell, but I don't know if it's termites. They are super tiny so I had to zoom in with my phone ...
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Are these termite droppings (aka frass)?

Are these termite droppings. If so, can I do some sort of localized treatment? This house was tented in the past 4 years. This is the only place I’ve seen any kind of pest. Updating this question ...
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white termites - 2 orange oil treatments, building won't fumigate

I live in a condo in LA (3rd floor) and am seemingly the only resident with termite problems. Last summer (2020), I had 3 separate areas infested with winged drywood termites - the ones with a reddish ...
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How to fix exposed rafter with termite damage?

I was putting up some outdoor hanging lights. I drilled a pilot hole into the underside of an exposed rafter. When I pulled out he drill bit, dark wood dust slowly streamed out of the hole for a few ...
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What is this row of sandy material in my wall?

I am enclosing an outdoor alcove 120”x 70” and notice brown residue where the studs and drywall meet together- this is on several areas of the room and walls but there does not appear to be any damage ...
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Will termites come in with mulch

I am hearing that termites come through mulch, is that true? What do you guys use as an alternative? I see some people use Pine straw mulch, will that help ?
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Is this ants or termites?

My tenant reported that ants have been digging dirt up between the cracks between house and sidewalk. However, this seems to be quite a lot of dirt. Could it possible be termites causing this?
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Drywood Termite repellent (external)

enter image description here]2If the source of drywood termites is a second floor sliding glass door (swarming from an external unknown outdoor source), is there a good method / process to repel ...
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Are these holes caused by termites?

These holes appeared about a week ago. Two holes had been there when I moved in, but I thought nothing of it. I noticed more of them this morning after I removed a painting from the wall. I have ...
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Black mold or termites?

I’m not sure bout the bug or the mold looking stuff the board is dry and so was the wall behind it but it’s def dark enough there. Any thoughts would be great
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is this due to termites? any idea what's causing the wood to turn to sawdust?

Pics below. I had this gouge on some wood paneling. The area inside the gouge seemed to be crumbling, and there was always a pool of sawdust below it. I covered it up with some caulk (brown caulk). ...
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Replacing a top plate underneath a fireplace, with an attached exterior deck

Amateur here. I have a house where the chimney run framing extends to the basement (rather than simply sitting on a platform attached to the main floor). The only fireplace present is on the main ...
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Blocking Arizona Termites

So, the termites in Arizona live in the ground, and they make mud tunnels up the side of the foundation of a house to get into the wood. I was thinking, if I make a plastic lip which curls down, and ...
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fissures in joist: natural or insect damge

I have noticed that one of the joists in our crawl space has a small crack in it, and near to it are some small (1-2 inch long) fissures. I didn't notice it at the time, but in the photos (see below) ...
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Is this a termite? What bug has been eating my wood?

Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause ...
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Is this a wood destroying insect?

I live in Austin, TX, USA. Just looked under a wooden table in my dining room (shares wall with outside of house) and saw this little tubes hanging underneath. A few still had live worm-like guys ...
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How to pour a concrete walkway directly up to a T style foundation

This is a side cutaway drawing of an existing 1930's stucco wall, showing the stucco in red and the original foundation. There is no weep screed, and originally the stucco was troweled right up to ...
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Could this nothch in my sash been made by termites?

Could a termite or something else have made this hole? My wife is pretty sure it didn't exist before.
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What should I do about the insect larvae found on my ceiling?

Found 10 or so of these things on our ceiling this morning. I live in Central Oregon. Not sure what they are--is this an indication of worse things to come? Anything I need to inspect my house for, or ...
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Removal of Plastic Vapor Barrier

Should the plastic vapor barrier be removed from under or replaced under exterior wall drywall? I am working on a house which had major termite damage. The house is located in a town in upstate New ...
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Our house is full of termite infected

Our house is full of termite infected. We drilled and put holes on each wall and put the termite solution which the seller guarantee for 5 years. Later constructed a modular kitchen in wood which was ...
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single mud tube coming down from ceiling

I have a vaulted ceiling in my dining room. About a week ago I saw something coming down from the ceiling. When I knocked it off, I realized it was a mud tube. There is a tiny hole left in the ...
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What exactly is a wall void?

A termite insecticide (fipronil) is not to be used indoors, except in wall voids. If a hole was drilled in a baseboard or wall and the the foam was delivered through the wall, is this considered ...
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Is spot treatment of Drywood Termites (airborne) ineffective?

Unfortunately, my homeowners association indicates drywood termites in North Florida. They indicate (source's credibility is iffy at best) that spot treatment would be ineffective and wasteful. They ...
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Termite inspection and finished basement ceiling

I have termites in my yard, not too far from my house. (Locale: Massachusetts, USA.) So I want to get an inspection and treatment. (The house was built in 1937; I bought it in 2014, and as usual ...
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How can I support both floor joists and roof trusses while I replace wall framing below?

I have a wall with some termite damage near the tops of the studs and into the top plates. The wall is external front of the house. Wall is in blue in the diagram below. It supports the floor above, ...
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Is this termite or moisture damage?

Anybody can tell if this is termite or water damage on the picture?
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Termite Damage or Dirt?

Is this termite damage? There's diagonal tan steak on the wood. When I tap the stud with a screw driver it feels solid. I don't see any tubes. Is it termite mud or simply dirt? How do I tell?
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Inaccessible crawl space

I'm in the process of buying a home. I had it inspected by a home inspector and a termite guy. They found that the part of the crawl space under the kitchen was too low to the ground to access. They ...
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General procedure for replacing load-bearing wall with truss on top

What is a general procedure for replacement of an external load bearing wall wherin the wall is bearing the load of the upstairs floor joists, but also has roof trusts which land directly onto the ...
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Is it safe to inject termite foam into the wall around water lines/plumbing?

A termite company is proposing spraying Premise foam into the wall around some plumbing, and I am wondering how safe it is. I am somewhat of a worrywart and have concerns about the pesticide somehow ...
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How tight does vent screen have to be, to keep out swarming termites?

So I found some winged "ants" on my roof. My roof and crawl spaces have vents with 1/4 inch wire mesh, very easy for such "ants" to get into. Of course, they were not ants, they were swarmer termites....
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Does this look like a termite?

I found a suspicious looking insect in my kitchen counter top, and I'm wondering if it was a termite. Can anyone who are familiar with termite confirm whether or not the insect in the picture below is ...
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How can I replace or repair termite damaged 2 x 6 tongue and groove sub flooring without altering the 1 x 6 hardwood floor on top of it?

How can I replace or repair termite damaged 2 x 6 tongue and groove sub flooring without altering the 1 x 6 hardwood floor on top of it? The hardwood floor runs perpendicular to subfloor, and all of ...
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Is this Termite or Carpenter Ant Damage?

I'm renovating a bathroom in my home in Maryland. I found this insect activity when I removed the drywall. Was it made by termites or carpenter ants, or hopefully, some benign insect? It doesn't look ...
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How to assess deal with termite damage

I am under contract on a house in AZ. There is obvious termite damage. The termite inspector found half a dozen spots (in rooms that hadn't been painted recently) near ceiling and top of walls where ...
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Is this termite ? Please help

[ Update: I went to the back side of the walls, ie exterior. And updated a few more photos. Possibly the cause ] Saw this small holes over my fireplace. And lot of sand like stuff on the ground. ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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What kind of jacks are used for lifting of framing in various situations?

I have two vertical house jacks from the local tool library, which I've used to support framing during extensive dry rot and termite repair: I'm into a section where the house jacks won't work. I ...
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Uh oh. I've just noticed flying termites around my new outdoor office. What is a cost-efficient way to protect it?

I recently finished building an outdoor shed/office: The porch is redwood. The structure itself is "nordic spruce" I have not painted the outside yet (I'm planning to do that soon) but I've ...
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are these mud tunnels from termites or carpenter ants?

I found some (apparently now vacant) "mud tunnels" in a wall void behind some drywall, in an area where water damage had occurred "over a winter." (This is in Utah FWIW--apparently we have both ...
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Termite treatment options

I've been noticing termite wings around my front door and near the bathroom. My girlfriend says she has seen them swarming sometimes at night (mostly 2-3 at a time no more than 10) although I haven't ...
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