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Old 10-24-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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I'm dealing with a small termite infestation in one small area of my house near our bathrooms. After exterminating, they seem to go away for a year or two then return.

We have a post tension slab. I recently tiled the entire house and noticed only small, hairline cracks which would seem normal for a 15 year old house. Noticed no other infestation during the entire tile job. Also did a very close outside inspection of the entire slab which revealed no tubes or other infestation of any kind.

To my knowledge the only items that go through the slab are the sewer exits. All my water plumbing is in the attic, above the slab.

I'm thinking about removing small sections of drywall (near the baseboards) in the area of the infestation and trying to locate their entry point. I'm pretty confident the termites are entering around one of the sewer exits pipes that go through the slab.

My question, is this a reasonable approach? If I used epoxy or other similar sealer, would I have a reasonable chance of getting a good seal around these sewer exit pipes and preventing the termites from entering?

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Old 10-24-2014, 04:46 PM   #2
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What species of termite ?

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Are you trying to do a DIY exterminating job?
Not a great plan if you are.
Call a real exterminator to take care of this.
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Are you trying to do a DIY exterminating job?
Not a great plan if you are.
Call a real exterminator to take care of this.
I've had regular termite treatment for years. Even switched exterminators. This small infestation near the bathroom plumbing keeps returning.

Does a "real" exterminator seal termite entry points around sewer pipes behind the drywall? FWIW, none of them have offered to do so.
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What species of termite ?
Gosh, I don't know. I'm located in AZ.
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Identifying the species is the key to effective treatment.

As an example, ground treatments for subterranean termite species are not effective if you have drywood termites.
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:16 PM   #7
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Knowing what your dealing with as mentioned by Oso954, here is some great info by ORKIN.

http://www.orkin.com/termites/


I didn't know termites will infest your carpet.
http://www.orkin.com/termites/termit...t-infestation/


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Old 10-24-2014, 07:08 PM   #8
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Appreciate everybody's input.

For the sake of discussion, can we assume the 3 exterminators I've used through the years know what they're doing. They matched technology to the type of termites--they're doing their best.

So, assuming good extermination technique, I still have a small infestation issue in my bathroom area where the sewer pipe passes through the post-tension slab on my house.

To me, it makes sense to be proactive, and try and "seal" the opening between the sewer pipe and foundation where I believe I still have infestation issues. It will require removing a bit of drywall (maybe more) near the floor to trace the exact entry location.

Can anybody suggest any pro and cons issues with such a DIY project?

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Old 10-24-2014, 11:05 PM   #9
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WOW!
I guess you didn't bother to check out the links.....
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WOW!
I guess you didn't bother to check out the links.....
Actually, I did. Thank you! Lot of excellent info.

Unfortunately, it doesn't address the questions I had about the pros & cons of removing/replacing drywall to investigate termite entry points and the best sealant to use around pipe openings in the foundation to prevent termite entry.

Should a homeowner just rely on their exterminator for termite protection or can a homeowner like myself help prevent termite entry by sealing entry points near sewer pipes in post tension slabs?

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Old 10-25-2014, 12:10 AM   #11
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If you think that's where they are coming in, it couldn't hurt to investigate and seal it up. It's not going to hurt anything.
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If you think that's where they are coming in, it couldn't hurt to investigate and seal it up. It's not going to hurt anything.
Thanks. I was kinda leaning toward this perspective as noted in my first post.

What I was hoping for was some input on the process itself--removing drywall for exploratory purposes, then application of a sealer to the sewer pipe in question. Tips on how? Best sealer? Effective or not? Has anyone done something similar?

Based on everybody's replies I get the impression very few have actually done more than seek out a professional exterminator for their termite issues. I suppose that in itself may be an indirect answer to my question(s).

Thanks again for everybody's reply.
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If there coming from the ground then there subterranean termites. The ground under the slab needs to be treated by drilling and injecting chemical into the soil.
Sealing's just going to make them find another point of entry.

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