questionshow do i deal with flying termites in my house?

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I haven't had this problem, but I recommend checking Angie's List online. People at my job use that site all the time to find out who is worth calling for services. So far they have had great luck and they all rave about it.

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I use terminix at my home, but you have to know that they do termite inspections seperate from bug checks. I guess it's their schtick, to make a couple of extra bucks.

Better get on that ASAP. Termites destroy homes.

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You could just clip their wings. :)

Honestly, I wouldn't mess around with termites. I would definitely get a professional out immediately. If you think you are catching it early, you might be able to use some of the less obtrusive methods to avoid tenting. I hear that there are some very simple solutions that can be done nowadays...

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Ditto for "call the pros". Termites are the best way to have your house fall apart underneath you. Just above a rampaging bull.

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Definitely call the pro's because termites can destroy your house from the inside out. I would suggest Terminix because they offer Lifetime damage repair (qualified as on their site; Terminix promises that if there is ever any live termite activity, we’ll treat it promptly at no extra cost. And if there is ever any termite damage caused by live activity, you’ll be covered for repairs as long as you maintain your protection.) Also note this limitation; Ultimate Protection Guarantee excludes damage from drywood termites, does not apply for service plans and is subject to continued annual renewal inspections and payments thereof.

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"And if there is ever any termite damage caused by live activity, you’ll be covered for repairs as long as you maintain your protection."
It's important to note here that yes, you should probably call pros. The text quoted is true, and is applicable only to future termite damage once a contract is in place, not existing damage. The protection is based on the type of foundation and the number of square feet of your house, and can easily run several thousand dollars for the initial treatment.
You have the opportunity to compare prices and services between Terminex, Orkin and local pest control companies, and this matters. As much as I detest national-anything companies, getting a check from a small guy for $5000 in damage 10 years from now just isn't as likely, so factor that in.
Yes, we have Terminex, but only after Sears sold them our termite contract when Sears stopped doing pest control.

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Duck?

I second the recommendation of Angie's List for local recommendations. Termites are pretty horrible, especially once they get established not just in your house, but in your wooden furniture and any outdoor wooden structures, woodpiles, etc.

My grandparents down in Florida have a serious long-term infestation, which they've ignored because "it's just in the baseboards." It's not - last time I visited, I put my hand through a 2x4 that was supporting a shelf in the garage. It was hollow, with just a paper-like shell left. This is what happens after decades of ignoring your termites... so get on it.

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When we had outbreaks of flying termites in an apartment I lived in, we would close whatever doors we could to try to contain the bugs to a room or two, set off bug bombs in those rooms to deal with the immediate issue of thousands of swarming bugs (literally, thousands, ugh), and then the landlord would have professionals come out to do whatever professional bug killers do.

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@togle: Thosands? Yikes! I guess I'm fortunate that I've only seen ten or twelve each of the past few nights. Gives me hope that they're just passing through and haven't taken up residence.

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Maybe you should have stuck with the flying monkeys instead!

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@gt0163c: If you've seen any termites chances are that they have taken up residence. A tell-tale sign of an infestation - if you walk around the perimeter foundation of your house look for mud tubes traveling vertically(from the ground towards your sill plate). The sill plate is the wood 2x member that sits atop your masonry foundation wall. Termites typically travel underground and do not particularly like sunlight. If you find any of these mud tubes then you have an infestation and you should call a pro. Here is a photo of mud tube as well as here

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@jimmyd103: I've checked around my foundation and haven't seen any mud tubes. A few of my neighbors have mentioned termites outside their homes, but, as far as I know, we've only had one real infestation in the area. So I'm hopeful that I've caught this early enough, before the little buggers have really settled in. Just need to find a good company to come out and inspect.

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Adopt some termite-eating apes?

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@gt0163c: Well it sounds like you may have caught them early, but you never know. I read an article about an instance where the termites ??or maybe it was carpenter ants?? chewed their way through a CMU block wall to get to the wood. So you never can tell. Also you foundation may have a crack just wide enough to allow passage into the core of the masonry wall.
Best of luck securing an exterminator.

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If you have a concrete slab, the tubes will be on the outside; However, if your home has a crawlspace(wooden floor suspended above the ground) the tubes will be on the inside of the concrete blocks. I use Terminix in Arkansas, and I believe they will give you a free inspection.

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@gt0163c: Pretty unlikely the tubes are outside. Checking the inside perimeter of the beam, along with the piers, is needed- that's where the usually free inspection comes in.

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@havocsback & @jsimsace: My house is concrete slab, no piers and beams, no basement, standard Texas subdivision construction. I rechecked the foundation last night and didn't see any mud tubes. I did some checking around the exterior walls inside and didn't notice anything that looked termite-y. But I will be getting an inspection by a professional company sometime in the next couple of weeks, just trying to find the right company. And then, I guess, I'll go from there.
Thanks for your help.

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If you have the right type of house (non slab, easy crawlspace) you might want to consider doing it yourself. You can buy the same products that any local exterminator would from here - http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/termites-c-3.html, and then use the in-depth guides to treat your home. It's more labor intensive, but if you are short on funds might be a more appealing option then letting an exterminator do it.