I am purchasing a new home and the previous owners filled in an inground pool. By the neighbors accounts, it seems they may have buried the old wood paneling from the basement in the hole outside. Can this cause me to have a termite problem later? How concerned should I be?
Not much. Remember, termites live to find wood and though the wood in any wood pile that’s been buried can serve as food for them, it does not mean they’ll immediately invade your home once they find the wood pile. The bottom line is that anywhere trees and bushes are growing, there is wood in the ground so they’d be present whether the wood pile was there or not. Now does this mean that you should do nothing? I think not.
Any home should be treated before it gets termites because this preventive approach insures you can use less product and keep them out more effectively. It’s just much easier to prevent termites so why gamble? I recommend having the structure treated if it hasn’t been recently and two good products to use would be TERMIDOR or PERMETHRIN SFR. These products are used by termite companies to protect homes and treating your home every 5-10 years is the best approach if you have reason to believe termites are active on your property.
Permethrin SFR: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/perm-sfr