“My house is infested with termites” is something you never want to have to say. Thankfully, termites in Guelph are well monitored. This blog will take you through some of things you should know, look for and expect from termites.
What are termites?
Termites are wood destroying insects, living in large colonies that can cause serious structural damage to homes if they are not contained and controlled.
Introduced in 2007, Guelph’s termite management program helps to control the local termite population and prevent damage to wood structures. And, reduce the area that termites are actually active in.
Guelph’s termite control strategy involves inspections, monitoring properties with traps, reduction of termite habitat through yard wood management, area-wide colony level suppressive treatments, and limited use of conventional chemical treatments where necessary.
The City’s Termite Control Officer has the authority to enter properties to investigate for termites and prescribe measures to control and limit the spread of termites.
For many years, the area of Exhibition Park on the east side of Woolwich St was the main area. First discovered in the early 70’s in Goldie Mill Park, termites move slowly and eventually ended up on the west side of Woolwich. As a result, they spread to other pockets of Guelph.
Where are the termite zones in Guelph?
There are 4 main termite zones within Guelph:
Visit this link to view an overall Termite Zone map in Guelph :https://guelph.ca/living/house-and-home/termites/
Do termites decrease property values?
That all depends. After reviewing the maps above, if your home is in a white area, you are not in a termite zone. This would mean that there is no direct impact on your property value.
Live in, or considering buying a home in a blue area? As a result, this adjacent zone means that termites are not active in your area, but you are next to an active red zone.
How can you prevent the spread of termites in Guelph?
It’s never a good idea to move wood from one area to another, especially if you are moving wood or soil from a termite zone.
If you are buying firewood or picking up firewood, be aware of where you’re buying it from. Do not place wood directly on soil wherever possible.
New termites found: October 2019
In the east end of Guelph a new discovery of two properties infested with termites in 2019. As a result, the Termite Management inspector will be reviewing the extent of damage.
Your Guelph Realtor should be able to identify these areas and properly document termite related issues in your Purchase and Sale documentation when buying or selling a home.