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Question:


We were thinking about purchasing a log home in southern Vermont built in 2003. When we went to check it out in winter, it had been on the market for over a year, and there were hundreds of dead millipedes on the floor in the basement garage! Does this mean there is a serious infestation?!
Also, it's heated by propane, and the 2006 usage was 1616gallons, does this seem high? (It's about 3000sq ft)

Answer:

The millipedes mean that there is moisture somewhere. You should walk around the house with a hammer and tap on the logs looking for any hollow sounding wood that could be rotten. As for the heat, I'm not sure if that is a lot for that size house, but caulking the exterior would be advisable to help this situation.

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