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Termite problem in Guelph at record low

Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm EDT

Photo: The City of Guelph

It’s a pest that the City of Guelph has worked for years to try and get rid of and based on their latest numbers, they’re getting close.

Only eleven properties were dealing with termites in 2017; that is down 35% from the previous year and is the lowest number on record.

City of Guelph Termite Control Officer Tim Myles says there are around 35 communities in our province that are dealing with termites as well.

“It’s been a very gradual process, I’ve been at this since 2007 now and things have been consistently going down for a number of years…It hasn’t been cheap and it hasn’t been fast but I think we’ve made steady progress and I think it’s a worthy thing to do with municipal tax dollars.”

Myles says him and his two technicians have several thousand traps around 350 properties that they check on a three week cycle.

“Essentially this is like a slow, smoldering fire spreading across major residential areas. So if you can put out a fire and prevent it from continuing to spread, which it will inevitably do without management, then that is a huge things to do for maintaining property values.”

Details on how to deal with termites and what areas are affected can be found on the City of Guelph’s website.