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Old 05-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Termites in mailbox post - ditch it or try to salvage??


We just bought a new home and one of our initial projects was to fix up the existing mailbox. The paint on the wooden post was chipped and peeling and was just simply an eyesore. We spent a good deal of time and effort stripping the old paint and then applied primer to the wood post. We did see some termites at times trying to escape the wood or whatever but there didn't seem to be a lot. We were going to apply a new coat of paint but then noticed we were having an ant problem in the mailbox itself. It looked as though someone had put some rice or whatever in the box and that was attracting the ants. I scraped that out but it seemed odd that there would be 'food' in there. I came to the realization that the 'rice' was probably termite larva.

So my question is....should we go to battle with the termites in the hope of keeping this mailbox post or just get rid of it and get a new non-wood post?? We have lived in a townhouse for the past ten years and I never had to deal with termites...plenty of other insects but not termites, so I am looking for some advice on this.

I would hate to just give up on the post after all the stripping work we did on it, but I don't want to be forever battling termites, larva, ants etc. in our mail.

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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I'd get a preservative treated wood post and call it a day ...... no since fighting what might be a losing battle

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They sell PVC post for mail boxes so you'll never to deal with any of the maintance again.
http://www.bing.com/shopping/search?...osts&FORM=HURE
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If you have termites in your mailbox, I would call the exterminator out to make sure they weren't making a meal of the house as well. It not for treatment and prevention, at least for an inspection.
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This is a joke right? Please tell me that this is a joke. You did not really spend time stripping a mail box post right???
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Yeah, I wish it was a joke. My wife was all into painting the post so I let her have at it and of course I had to step in to finish the job. The oscillating tool helped speed up the process.
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I think the PVC posts are the way to go but I am not the type of person to give up on a fight that easily so I may just replace the wood plank that the mailbox sits on.

Termites around the house is a concern as well. We did not have an inspection done because it was a short sale AS IS so it was not necessary but I am thinking maybe we should get a pro out there to take a look.
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I think the PVC posts are the way to go but I am not the type of person to give up on a fight that easily so I may just replace the wood plank that the mailbox sits on.


Termites around the house is a concern as well. We did not have an inspection done because it was a short sale AS IS so it was not necessary but I am thinking maybe we should get a pro out there to take a look.

When you own a house for a while you will learn how to pick your fights, and an infested mailbox post aint worth saving.

As far as the house goes, Go around and poke at your sole plates with an awl, or an ice pick and see if you find any soft areas. Also look for the mud channels they use in crawl spaces etc. You can buy a Pressure Treated MB Post for pretty darn cheap at a big box store, or go PVC. Not worth refinishing one.

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