We've just discovered some termite damage in our basement.
A few quotes have come in for the standard treatment -- drilling holes
in the floor around the perimeter of our basement, through the slab,
and shooting pesticide in them. That seems to cost $1200 - $1500.
Terminix offers the drill option for somewhat less, but also offers
their baiting system, which is less intrusive - they place baits
in the ground around the perimeter, and spike them with insect-growth
inhibitors which they say will kill the colony eventually.
That costs $1400 plus another $400 the second year, which will probably
Nevertheless, if it works, it's preferable to tearing up carpeting and
drilling holes everywhere in my basement.
Does anyone have experience with the system? Does it work as
well as they say it does?
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o-------= Charles Martin =--o
We used the trench & drill system, but it was somewhat lower $$$ than your
price, and the yearly fee is only $75. I don't know where you are, though.
We had a few swarmers before treatment 4 years ago, and we have had none
since. At the time, I looked up what is the best type. Texas A & M said
the trench & drill system was the way to go, but nothing is foolproof.
Scares me to invest in a system that will kill the colony "eventually". We
don't have a basement, but our house sits on a slab. They trenched around
the outside (I could see why they would have to trench inside a basement
though, hence the price) and put one 3/4" hole in each bathroom, juiced it
up, then patched it. Hope this helps.
On Fri, 28 May 2004 23:32:30 GMT, Charles Martin in Seattle
:) A few quotes have come in for the standard treatment -- drilling holes
:) in the floor around the perimeter of our basement, through the slab,
:) and shooting pesticide in them. That seems to cost $1200 - $1500.
You may look for a local independent in your area and may get a better
price..insist they use a product called Termidor. Not all PCOs are
certified to use it si you will need to ask. I have yet to have a
call back on any home that I have treated since it came out on the
U.S. market in 2000. It works different than the older liquids and
many companies are able to lower the price due to not having to treat
every point as would older liquid treatments and still warrant the
:) Terminix offers the drill option for somewhat less, but also offers
:) their baiting system, which is less intrusive - they place baits
:) in the ground around the perimeter, and spike them with insect-growth
:) inhibitors which they say will kill the colony eventually.
Sentricon is proving to be a bust, some areas of the country where
the baits have run there course, Terminix is now offering to treat the
homes with Termidor..with a nice fee of course.
:) That costs $1400 plus another $400 the second year, which will probably
:) be necessary.
That $400 is not for the second year...it is for the rest of the time
you are contracted with Terminix..actually after 3 years it will go
up. The basement will add to the cost of the treatment but I woukld
think you could get a treatment $1000-$1200 with $125 or yearly
:) Nevertheless, if it works, it's preferable to tearing up carpeting and
:) drilling holes everywhere in my basement.
I switch several homes a year that have the baits and the customers
are tired of the costs and continual arrival of termites. The cost
they pay me to treat the home with Termidor is usually made up within
4 to 5 years of the
:) Does anyone have experience with the system? Does it work as
:) well as they say it does?
Some differences between Sentricon and Termidor....
Sentricon will start to take effect as soon as the technician finds
around 40 termites in the monitoring station, which may be a
month...3 months ....6 months?...never? Termidor starts to work as
soon as a termite enters the treated ground.
Sentricon asks for up to 18 months for colony elimination..Termidor
states it will have elimination within 3 months.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
And for what it's worth, we had three years of active termite
activity, including annual swarms, with baits. Never had a hit on any
bait system. PCO got licensed for Termidor, I set up a time to pull
down a wall being eaten by termites and he sprayed the active termites
down as well as the remainder of the studding, termite activity ceased
in less than six weeks. Two years and not a sign since.
Though I keep maintenance on the baits since they'll retreat with
Termidor at any time I find activity with maintenance in place. :)
The termite biz is all swindle and hype. They want to put a few plastic
jars containing a bit of common pine lumber in your lawn for $1000s.
Nuke the little monsters. Shop around for the best perimeter saturation.
This is the ancient, proven method that is cheap and effective and takes
little brains and money.
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