you are very fortunate.. you have some excelnt answers here!! the way i read your 'question', you 'dont' have an active termite problem, you have a termite 'result' problem, that is scaring you, rite? exterminators will tell you how long there extermination lasts... just call who ever did it last time and ask them for there products warrantee or guarantee, and what they did to your house when they were there... dont pannic... dont get yur pantys in a bunch over something that may be next to nothing. if some 'repair' work shows up, or some thing needs 'attention', or something becomes 'problematical', you are in the same boat as any home owner any where else would be... this is where you ether learn to take care of your own stuff, or hire people to do it for you, or find out who your friends actually are, or just go jonesing along and let it all fall apart around you. houses come with maintance / repair / upkeep / improvement factors imposible to predict or antisipate sometimes.... this is where ya seperate the wheat from the chafe.. with things like this. unfortunatly, the only 100% way to discover all posible damage from termites is to gut the house and inspect EVERYTHING... thats not an exterminators job. They do what they can to prevent further damage, and once in a while they will do minor repairs ... but .. if they were to have to give home owners a remodeled building with an 'extermination' bid, there wouldnt BE ANY exterminators... ANY WHERE. ..it will be to your advantage to explore the maintenace and repair options of owning a home... some things you can handel your self, some you just cant. That's part of being an owner. be brave Mishi.... use your logic... calm down... consider options... look at the bigger picture... take your time... and make a plan.