From the damage the termites made, the pest control company informed us that the infestation probably started even before we moved in. They identified the type of termites as coptotermes. The nastiest of the lot. They said it probably came from the dead tree across our street. Termites can travel up to 100 feet to find food. The seller of the house admitted that they had not treated the house after the renovation.
We thought the best option was to renovate our kitchen. The cabinet surrounding the sink was totally damaged and there's been a horrible smell in the cabinets. We were hoping to keep the kitchen as it is since I already had the color changed before we moved in. We've been afraid that the countertop might just crash one of these days, so we decided to have it fixed. We also need to have the electrical installation and tiles re-done.
The pest control company gave us the go ahead to renovate a month ago. They said the colony is dead and it would be safe to renovate. Today the cabinets were demolished. What we were seeing since treatment was done was just the tip of the iceberg. We finally saw the extent of the damage that happened.
This is what we saw during treatment:
And this is what we saw today:
We informed the pest control company and they're coming over this week to treat the area. They said it would be better to treat it before we install new cabinets. I'm so glad that Pixa Company has been reliable and effective at treating the pests in our house (they also took care of the higad situation since it became so gnarly).
Lesson learned, before buying a house, ask the seller for proof of pest treatment. I remember my Mom regularly had our home treated before. I started having Pixa treat her home three years ago since the pest situation became uncontrollable already. They found three types of termites in her house and different variants of roaches. It's an old house so taking care of it is different ballgame.