I began inspecting the basement and found evident termite damage throughout the basement and discovered active termite mud tubes on the joists.
Termite mud tubes are pencil-sized tunnels that protect the termites from the outside elements when traveling from their colony to a food source.
The mud tubes also tell us about the age, location, and extent of the termite activity or damage in an area. Judging by the amount of active mud tubes and the extent of damage, several of these joists needed to be replaced.
Before any type of repairs are done, we needed to get rid of the termites. For an effective treatment, I drilled into the concrete and injected a liquid termiticide in the basement as well as along the entire exterior of the home.
The termiticide binds to the treated area to create a protective zone that is undetectable to the termites. They'll go about their normal routine, come in contact with the treatment, return to their nest, and share it with one another.
Unknown to the termites, they rapidly spread the treatment throughout the entire colony, and a short while later, the termites are exterminated.
Once all the termites are eliminated, the owner can continue with his renovations and have peace of mind knowing that his newly acquired property is protected from termites for many years.
A new customer of Cowleys recently purchased a home in Dayton, NJ that he was going to renovate, but before he could begin anything, he first needed to remove the massive termite infestation.