Ah, the pleasures of owning your own home. Planting your favorite trees in the yard. Refinishing the hardwood floors that were once covered with wall-to-wall carpet. Discovering that your basement walls are infested with termites… That’s the last thing we were expecting to find underneath that little damp spot on the wall of our finished basement. When we cut a hole, we found that the studs were riddled with both mold and large, hungry termite colonies. Weekend plans were scuttled as we learned what we could and then removed as much of the drywall and framing as possible. We’ve talked to a local “green” exterminator who is coming tomorrow to assess how bad things might be — do we have Pacific Dampwood Termites (bad) or Western Subterranean Termites (worse)? If we have Dampwood termites, chances are the rest of the house is safe, but we’ll have to figure out how to fix our drainage issues if we ever want a finished basement again. If they’re the much more destructive kind, we’ll have to see what our options are. Rest assured, I’ll share the updates with you. –Mary T.