I share a wall with my neighbor in a duet building. Just about 1 year
ago my neightbor found drywood termites, both units were inspected and
mine didn't have drywood termites. The neightbor and I went with
terminix to do the fumigation (vikane gas) as one big structure. Paid
per volume because our units are different sized.
I spent about $1100. Termite activity seemed to have stopped after
the treatment but now I am received a renewal plan for $150. (was not
a surprise as this price was listed in the original contract, and
discussed verbally) I am thinking of renewing it at this year.. only
because I am afraid the original problem might come back and it is
The renewal covers re-treatment of drywood termites only and not other
types, and repairs for new damage. But hey, it does not say they will
always use fumigation as the treatment whenever there is drywood
termites under the plan. I read the original paper work and it does
not say it is automatic renewal.. and the $150 is not inflated until
after 3 years. I know people have strong dislike with this
company.. though the original service I received was decent, so what
should I do?
At this stage I don't mind if the infestation does not come back and
wasted $150, but I do care if something does not happen, the company
give me run arounds. Any comments or experiences?
Our 35 y/o condo has been tented twice for drywood termites (years ago).
For the second go-around, the board had let the insurance lapse so
tenting wasn't covered by insurance.
My hubby was the building manager for several years, so we were involved
in all of the maintenance and contractor projects. I know for sure
that I can do as well or better than the folks who do the annual
insprections. Homeowners would benefit from understanding the different
types of termites and the methods for prevention and inspection. Your
county extension website is a good place to start .. or your state if
the county does not have it.
Whether the insurance is a good idea depends, perhaps, on the prevalence
of termites in your area and how risk-averse you are. You can be
certain you will spend $1500 over the next 10 years for premiums, but
local experiece might tell you whether it is worth it.
In doing maintenance projects and helping other owners with remodel
projects, we saw a lot of old termite damage but it would take a whole
lot more to make the building structurally at risk.
Our neighbors on both sides, condos about 8 years old, have both been
tented in the past 2 or 3 years. Subterraneans are almost guaranteed if
a piece of damp wood is close to the ground, and Fla last year had more
than average infestation due to more rain.
You can pretty much "sterilize" your yard by treating everything that
crawls, but the result is that we will have more and more pesticide in
our drinking water and other waterways. Don't worry if you see a bug or
two in the yard .. they belong there. Work on keeping them out of the
The fumigation treatment for dry wood termites will have no residual
effect as would treatments for other type of termites, so it is possible
that next year a new crop of termites could be found in the structure,
so it would be a cheaper way of dealing with future problems. If 4-5
years from now drywoods showed up again it probably was worth the money
paid for the renewals...if 15-20 years and you have never seen another
termite you have basically been paying for peace of mind. The biggest
problem you will probably have with the company itself will be after the
3 years you probably will see a steady increase in the renewal cost and
at some point you will question is it worth the cost or worth the chance
to deal with any situation that might show up later.
For any other type of pest problem (rodents, spiders etc) you
probably will be more inclined to call them since you use them for the
termite work but you will probably be better served looking elsewhere as
to not be tied up in a long term, costly contract of such pests.
$150 a year for termite guarantee sounds a little high. I think I'm
paying less than a $100 for mine. However, since you had a recent
major problem, I think it's probably worthwhile, as opposed to
possibly paying $1100 again.
They automatically scheduled me for a annual inspection and only
notified me by voice mail, on top of the renewal notice also rang my
phone with an automated voice message to remind me of the renewal
notice. And terminix was not my choice in the first place, the
neighbor's house was getting chewed away and he didn't want to shop
around. Definitely I have become an accounting number now. I read
my original contract few times and could not find any tricks they
could bill me for anything, as I did not let them come inspect my
place this year yet.
My last inspection was poor, just coming to look around and peek into
the attic and crawlspace. Where as I go into these spaces myself
Lastly I look at other people's houses alot I had not seen tents going
up, maybe only once.. so at this point I think I might just self-
It has been my understanding of Terminix that annual inspections are
free, and that the insurance covers retreatment and any structural
damage that has occurred since previous treatment. I could be wrong.
The "iffy" part would be determining the timing and extent of structural
repair. We have Terminix for our condo, but they deal with the board.
The inspectors have always been decent and seem quite knowledgeable.
I think some Terminix, and perhaps other chains, contract out locally
for tenting. That would be another factor to consider.
what happens is they have record of such contacts a few times and can
now within the guidelines of how the state requires them to operate
cancel the contract, but they will gladly let you get back on track,
with a little extra money paid
It can't be as bad as this guys Terminix service (for subterranean
the original tube is in the light about a fingers width, treated in
1999. I treated it in 2005 and would guess that the large tube that is
there now is 4-6 years old. If they would of at least "peeked" in this
guys crawl space, it was about 5 feet from the opening. He paid over
$400 a year for his damage warranty protection.
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