We were doing some do-it-yourself remodeling of our living room. We took out all of the plaster ourselves. When checking the framing of the wall studs, I noticed a soft spot. I was going to get started on rewiring the living room with new electric and cable when I saw the termite damage. It did not spread far, but it was significant. Our DIY job became a job for a pest control expert and a structural engineer. We called a company that does termite control in New York City to come out and inspect the whole house. The damage was confined to one area.
A structural engineer had to make recommendations to a contractor to fix the wall framing and floor framing in the area where the termites were at. It is scary to think of your actual house being eaten by bugs. Those critters can eat through a lot of wood in a short amount of time. The wooden shed on the other side of that wall was heavily infested and had to be torn down. I was surprised it was still able to stand. The bugs can eat through the inside of wood making the outside look normal. You can have enough structural damage that the house falls down.
The company that does termite control in New York City got rid of all of the pests. I know they are just doing what termites do naturally, but this is our house and we will protect it. It cost a good amount of money to get the framing fixed. Then, we had to finish our project we started ourselves. It really is a good thing we started our DIY remodeling when we did. There is no telling how far the damage could have extended with the termite damage if we had waited even a few more days to get started.