Do it yourself, get Giant Destroyer Gopher bombs, put in a metal
bucket and light and stay out. If floor is painted use a second metal
bucket filled with water to hold the first bucket. But if someone or a
house is down wind dont do it. I put them in my basement and it killed
everything. You have to know where the fumes will go.
This one belongs in the
"What have been the worst home handyman accidents you've had,or seen so far ?"
thread. Standby for Darwin Award.
"...killed everything..." (including the homeowner?)
The OP never even mentioned what he was trying to fumigate for, or with.
No fumigant will kill underground termites, not even when termite
professionals tent a whole house and fumigate it with potent toxins.
The only thing that will work will be to drill holes in the garage floor and
inject a termidor solution. You also need to treat the outside of the garage
Google for termite control and DIY. You can buy the termidor on E-Bay.
Follow all safety warnings. $ 1500 sounds about right for treating a garage
in this manner.
The tent fumigation would be for dry wood termites that live in the wood
itself unlike subterranean termites that your treatment is for. $1500
for a garage only termidor treatment? I can't recall ever hearing of a
termidor job for an average garage only to cost more than $400 done by a
pro and they give warranties and are insured for mishaps...
Ok. From that I am assuming that you are fumigating for drywood termites
with Vikane. The cost is usually closely related to the enclosed volume
of the tenting. This would be bigger if there are attached structures
such as decking that must be enclosed.
Around here, I believe, there are "pest control" people that do
termite inspections, spraying for misc. things, baiting, etc.
and "fumigators" that just do fumigation. If fumigation is needed
The "pest control" people subcontract to the fumigators.
If you have the "structural pest inspection report" (termite report),
you can probably directly hire the fumigator, saving a significant
Was that $1500 for a "typical garage"? or for your garage?
I am with charlie. What did the other two companies quote you?
Best place to get a price quote is from local companies that
are willing to do the work, not from someone on the internet,
like myself, that is not in the business.
Always check with numerous companies and find one you are comfortable
with. There are factors why the cost may be high. If you were in Dallas
area for example, where drywood termites are rare so no one really is
equipped for large fumigation the company you called probably is having
to contract a company to come from Houston, 250 miles away. Or if you
are in an area where dry wood termites are common you may of contacted a
large national company that their way of doing business is get as much
$$$ as possible...then of course you may of contacted a company that is
just trying to make a quick buck.
The price I hear from companies on the Texas coast and Florida seem to
run $1200-$1500 to treat an average sized home.
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