Here is a true antidote about a home that was purchased cash from a relative. The previous owner had known about the existence of termites after having seen swarmers. Each spring the property owner went to the local hardware store and purchased an over the counter pest control product. He used it on the swarm and felt confident that he had solved his problem. What he didn't realize is that swarmers are the reproductive element of a colony and tend to die off naturally as they swarm. Meanwhile below the surface year after the rest of the colony left untreated was allowed to grow. Immediately upon rehab of the house, the new owner discovered massive damage behind the walls in every room of the house. At this point, Cato was called to asses the damage, which was quite extensive. The entire structure had to be gutted and repaired. If an inspection was done at the time of sale this homeowner would have been saved tens of thousands of dollars.