OK, so I moved into this house in Nashville in the fall of 2006. (Yes that’s right, I bought a house at nearly the peak of the housing bubble.)
From that time until today, I have (a) never seen any evidence of termites and (b) never had Terminix or other companies come.
Today, I had Terminix come to give my house a “booster shot.” There was no evidence of termite activity, but they were just doing an application to keep them at bay. That was in the early afternoon.
Just now, around 5pm, I went out to get my mail. I noticed that it was covered in (what I thought were) ants. Then I looked inside the mailbox and saw it was swarming with “ants.”
Well it turns out my wooden mailbox frame is covered with termites–hundreds of them.
The Terminix truck was parked near the bottom of my driveway, about 10 feet or so from the mailbox. Is there some conceivable way that hundreds of termites were in his vehicle and migrated to my mailbox? Or is this just an incredibly freaky coincidence?
Either way, what the heck do I do about my mailbox post that is covered with hundreds of termites? I don’t want to pay $300 or whatever it is, for them to come out and spray down a mailbox. Can I just buy something at the store, or is that being pennywise and pound foolish?