Termites in Guelph- should you be worried?
"My house is infested with termites" is something you never want to have to say if you own a home in Guelph. Thankfully, termites in Guelph are well monitored.
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. Termites were first discovered in the early 1970's in Goldie Mill park after being accidentally transported from the United States. Moving slowly, these termites eventually ended up on the west side of Woolwich and other pockets of Guelph as wood was transported from the United States.
Where are termites in Guelph?
There are 4 main termite zones within Guelph:
A link to specifics of each of these areas, along with an overall Termite Zone map in Guelph can be found on the City of Guelph website at: https://guelph.ca/living/house-and-home/termites/
So what do I need to worry about if I'm buying or selling a Guelph home near termite zones?
After reviewing the maps above, if your home is in a white area, you are not in a termite zone.
If you live, or are considering buying a home in a blue area, you are in an "adjacent termite zone". This means that termites have not been found or are active in your area, but you are next to a red zone, which is an active zone. Although not required, it is recommended that your Guelph real estate agent plans to have a termite inspection performed on the home.
If you live in, or are considering buying or selling a home in the red area, you are required to to disclose that the property is located in a termite management area, and obtain a termite inspection report from the City’s termite control officer which will be provided upon the sale.
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 October 2019, the City of Guelph found two properties in the east end that were infested with termites. The Termite Management inspector will be reviewing the extent of damage and will be issuing a report with findings. For more information on this new discovery, as well as updates please visit: https://guelph.ca/2019/10/city-investigating-termite-activity-near-eastview-and-mountford/
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Beth and Ryan Waller at 519 546 3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org