Termites in Condos

Every year termites attack thousands of homes and buildings in the United States. Homeowners spend millions of dollars annually to treat the termites and to repair the damage that they cause. There are two types of termites that frequently attack condos.

Subterranean termites attack buildings from underground. They enter through cracks in concrete slabs. They also enter from flowerbeds by tunneling under siding that is near the soil.

Drywood termites do not live in the soil. They can attack condos directly during their mating flights in the spring and summer. Drywood termites often land on wooden trim around doors and windows. They can also land on wooden carports and wooden fences that are attached to the building. The swarmers find small cracks in the wood where they make nests to start new colonies.

Termites can be destructive in condos. They can easily travel from one unit to another. Subterranean termites often enter through expansion joints between two slabs. In these areas, the termites can easily attack two or more units at once.

If subterranean termites invade one unit, they can easily travel through a common wall to invade the neighboring unit. Since subterranean termites stay hidden, they can cause damage to multiple condos before they are discovered.

Drywood termites can also move freely between units in a condo complex. If the termites have invaded exterior wooden trim, a carport, or a wooden fence, they may have access to several units that it is attached to.

When termites have invaded condos, they can be challenging to exterminate. In many condo complexes, there are several units in the same building.

In the past, if termites invaded only one unit in a building, it could be difficult to provide an effective treatment to that single condo. The entire building often had to be treated. Depending on the type of termite that was present, the treatment might be liquid termiticide or fumigation.

Since the development of foam termiticide application, borate application, and termite bait, it is easier to target the treatment. Foam termiticide can be directed under a slab toward the critical areas.

In many cases, borate solution can be applied directly to wood that is infested with termites. To minimize disruption, this treatment is often done while the termite damage is being repaired.

Termite bait treatments can be done outside the building. In some cases, termite bait may eliminate termites without having to treat the interior of the building.

Experts recommend that homeowners have an annual termite inspection. Many termite control professionals offer this service. Sometimes condominium associations arrange to have all of the units inspected at the same time.