Pests We Treat Case Studies: Termites Found During Renovations in Barnegat, NJ
As this homeowner in Barnegat, NJ was renovating his living room, he found something behind a wall that made his heart skip a beat...termites! He immediately stopped what he was doing, found Cowleys online, and called us for help. Once we arrived and inspected the area, we discovered that the damage done by the termites was quite severe! Almost all the wooden beams were damaged by the termites and needed to be replaced! Although the owner was in the process of remodeling the living room, he didn't foresee this expense!
Termites are wood-destroying insects that devour cellulose-based plant materials. They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to destroy homes by chewing through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper completely undetected – silently eating materials from the inside out. Unfortunately, when signs of termite damage start to show, it usually means that severe damage has already been done. It is estimated that termites cause about $5 billion in property damage annually – damage that is not covered by most homeowners insurance policies. Since termite damage is considered preventable, homeowners are usually responsible for covering any repair and renovation costs out-of-pocket!
Since termites live beneath the soil, with the owners permission, we drilled into the flooring of the living room, as well as around the exterior home, and injected a liquid termiticide. Next, we drilled into the walls of the living room and injected a foaming version of the termiticide. Both treatments bind to the treated areas and create a protective zone that the termites can't detect. They will then come in contact with the termiticide as they go about their normal routines and transfer it throughout their colony. The treatment then spreads like a virus throughout their colony and in a short amount of time, the termites are exterminated and the home is protected for years to come!
As you can see, the termite damage is pretty severe.
We also found multiple mud tubes throughout the wooden beams.
It's easy for homeowners to miss the often subtle signs of a termite infestation until there has already been substantial damage to the home!