Termites in Guelph

Guelph termite management area maps

Don’t move wood or soil from termite zones

To prevent the spread of termites, please use caution when donating or receiving any wood items that have been sitting outdoors on the ground such as firewood, landscaping ties, wood sheds, mulch, etc.

To dispose of wood from termite management areas:

  • Stack wood in a pile or bin
  • Call 519-837-5614 to schedule an inspection
  • The termite control officer will inspect and write a field report
  • Deliver to Guelph’s Waste Innovation Resource Centre
  • Present the field report to waive tipping fees for the first 500 pounds

Buying or selling property in termite zones

Property owners in termite management areas must comply with Guelph’s Termite Control Bylaw.

When selling a property owners and/or agents are required 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.

To arrange a termite inspection call 519-837-5614.

Real estate agents must provide prospective buyers with a copy of the termite inspection report, and inform them of the City’s termite control program.

 

About Guelph’s termite management program

Guelph’s termite management program helps to control the local termite population and prevent damage to wood structures. Since 2007, the program has proven effective in reducing termite populations.

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.

How did termites get to Guelph?

The eastern subterranean termite was detected in Guelph in the early 1970s near Goldie Mill Park. The non-native insects were accidentally introduced from the United States to more than 30 Ontario municipalities.

Subterranean termites are non-native invasive insects that can cause serious structural damage to homes and can be difficult and expensive to control. Termites are wood destroying insects that live in large colonies numbering several million. They forage through the soil and expand the colony’s territory as they encounter new wood items to feed on. Termites tend to spread rather slowly, depending on the availability of surface dead wood, at an estimated rate of about 50 feet per year.

For more information

Building Services
519-837-5615
building@guelph.ca

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