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  • bean1970
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    I live in a termite infested state....

    That said i have an inside contract (they come one a year for whole house attic and spot treatment and inspection and then come whenever i see something)

    Also have an outside contract which is quarterly treatments and they check the termite blocks (those pieces of wood stuck in the ground).

    our new neighbor (who we share a wall with) wants to have the house tented before he moves in.....so there is that too....(and a pain for me since i'll have to move out for that)

    lots of people just ignore termites here....the housekeepers sweep away the burrow debris and the homeowners have no clue, or they just are in denial or don't know what to look for....near the windows they think its pollen....  we just did a whole house gut and i found some old damage on the wood frames running perpendicular to the drywall...which would never be found on any type of inspection unless you rip out the drywall..which i have yet to see an inspector do........

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  • fatlittlepig
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    Termite contracts are popular where I live.  Usually you pay up front for an initial whole house termite treatment, plus an annual fee in exchange for some sort of guarantee against termite damage.

    We bought our house in 2012 that had a termite contract.  I renewed it annually to the tune of about $150/year.  Super brief annual inspection, only a couple of times did they apply more poison around the perimeter.

    Come to find out about 5 years in that you have to pay them another grand or so to get them to re-treat or they won’t renew the guarantee.  I asked, well what was the $150/year for?  IMO, it’s a scam.

    Shame on me for not reading the terms of the contract.  Live and learn.

    As for general pests, I apply my own chemicals inside and out about twice a year.
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    There r a lot of suckers out there.

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  • Craigy
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    Termite contracts are popular where I live.  Usually you pay up front for an initial whole house termite treatment, plus an annual fee in exchange for some sort of guarantee against termite damage.

    We bought our house in 2012 that had a termite contract.  I renewed it annually to the tune of about $150/year.  Super brief annual inspection, only a couple of times did they apply more poison around the perimeter.

    Come to find out about 5 years in that you have to pay them another grand or so to get them to re-treat or they won't renew the guarantee.  I asked, well what was the $150/year for?  IMO, it's a scam.

    Shame on me for not reading the terms of the contract.  Live and learn.

    As for general pests, I apply my own chemicals inside and out about twice a year.

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  • legobikes
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    A little diatomaceous earth can do wonders, and it's safe for everything bigger than an insect.

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  • fatlittlepig
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    If you have a fly problem this stuff is amazing also.

    PT Alpine Pressurized Fly Bait - 16 oz can - by BASF https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019J1WL0W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_A88BDbA4Q63EB

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  • orthodoc2018
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    Awesome - thanks for the info!

     

    Agreed it may seem like an extra expense.  Where I live, it seems like a pretty common thing for people to do - more so even just for the preventative aspects of what the exterminator can do.  I think we'll forgo it for now though.

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  • fatlittlepig
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    Sounds like another unnecessary recurring expense. If anyone is interested I found a product that works very well for ants, and another for flies.
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    The little kitchen ants? They have been relentless this year and the bait traps I used to swear by haven’t worked the past two seasons.

    OP I have a termite contract $100 a year, no clue what they do but supposedly they guarantee against termites. I haven’t seen any.
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    Advion, you can get from amazon. Works amazing. Way better than anything from the store. I think this is what the pest people use, so I just saved you money

    4 Tubes Dupont Advion Ant Gel Bait w/ 1 Plunger (30 grams per Tube) ~~ Kill Argentine , Big Headed , Carpenter , Cornfield , Crazy , Field , Ghost , Harvester , Honey , Little Black , Odorous House , Pavement , Pharaoh , Pyramid , Red Imported Fire Ant , Rover , Thief and White Footed ~ Better then Maxforce Intice & Terro Best Pest Control for Ants On the Market !! 6666305 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TXFE4RI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ohWBDbB7PZVXS

     

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  • StateOfMyHead
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    Sounds like another unnecessary recurring expense. If anyone is interested I found a product that works very well for ants, and another for flies.
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    The little kitchen ants? They have been relentless this year and the bait traps I used to swear by haven't worked the past two seasons.

    OP I have a termite contract $100 a year, no clue what they do but supposedly they guarantee against termites. I haven't seen any.

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  • fatlittlepig
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    Sounds like another unnecessary recurring expense. If anyone is interested I found a product that works very well for ants, and another for flies.

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  • HumbleInvestor
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    @DCdoc Pest control is a real thing that impacts you lot more than mulch ($2k? holy crap) or lawn moving.

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  • DCdoc
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    Is this a real thing? Maybe it’s regional? Maybe not. The doctors house sucks. I already pay $200/month for lawn mowing. $2000/year for mulch. $1000/year for grass treatments. A crapload (albeit intermittent) for tree pruning. I feel such pressure to “keep up with the Jones” lawn. Pests? This post makes me think I’m slacking...

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  • childay
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    Depending on what you are trying to control, DIY spraying may not be too difficult.

    We have a termite protection plan which I am not convinced makes any sense.  Previous homeowners had it and they come out and inspect once a year and will treat if needed for free.  The inspection isn't all that convincing.

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  • G
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    I guess it depends what you want them for.  Are you trying to get the raccoon out or just keep the local ant population tamped down?

    We had something living in our attic and the only option to get help was to sign a contract.  Kept them on for a few years, $100/quarter.  When we got honey bees, they suggested we part ways--not sure if it was because they didn't want to kill our bees or they didn't want us eating what they were spraying.  Either way, it is kind of disgusting to consider.

    We muddle through without them.

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  • Jackmomma
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    Contract not needed in my opinion. Well maybe if you live in Florida, where I hear the roaches are the size of drones maybe. I think contract leads to excessive chemicals 4x a year.

    I've always preferred one time services even if I pay a little more. Don't like exposing myself or my family to the chemicals no matter what the companies say about their supposed safety.

    I do think if you live in a southern state though you're going to probably benefit from twice yearly services. We try to keep indoor spraying to a minimum, asking the companies to focus on outdoor perimeter twice a year, indoors once.

    Recently went > 12 months no spraying indoors/outdoors at all , not due to cost but because forgot to set it up, and that led to seeing a few roaches so that was a lesson learned.

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  • Lordosis
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    Depends on where you are and what pests you are talking about.
    We never had it until we had a major hornet problem. Giant nest busted through my ceiling and literally hundreds of them all over the house. I was super impressed with the work they did for us especially since it was after hours. So we kept them on going after.

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