I had an exterminator company come out to look at the house primarily
because I have some carpenter bee problems in the eaves. The inspector
had little interest in the carpenter bees, but offered to do a free
inspection of the house for other pests. In the basement the inspector
found evidence of powder post beetle damage. I now believe that this
damage is at least mostly old because my dad says that these pencil lead
sized holes in the old hand hewn beams have been there at least since
1950 when my granpa bought the house. Does anyone on the list know how I
can tell if this pest is currently living in the wood? I just read up a
bit on these bugs on the web and apparently they live in the grub stage
most of the year and only live as very small beetles for a short while
and only come out in the dark so they are hard to see. The exterminator
company wants $1,000 to treat the beams, but I don't want to pay if the
damage is old and the bugs are no longer there.
The inspector had me real nervous with their description of the
potential damage that these bugs do, so I signed on to have this
treatement done, but now I'm having second thoughts and might want to
try to cancel if the bugs are not currently in the wood....
Any advice from folks who have had experience with this type of bug
would be greatly appreciated.....
:) The inspector had me real nervous with their description of the
:) potential damage that these bugs do, so I signed on to have this
:) treatement done, but now I'm having second thoughts and might want to
:) try to cancel if the bugs are not currently in the wood....
Keep in mind the "inspector" is a salesman. The more he sales the
more he makes. The company that uses salesmen... er inspectors also
now pay another percentage of the total job for commissions to said
inspector. The larger the company that the inspector works for the
more overhead they will need to cover now expecting their inspectors
to make certain numbers each month in new sales. Find a local company
(or two) that are used by neighbors or friends who may give you more
opinions. You might be able to find other exterminators in your area
here http://www.ipconetwork.org/ There is also a message board where
you can get answers from a number of exterminators that do deal with
powder post beetles on a regular basis.
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.
In many states, there is a cooling off period during which you may cancel a
contract signed in your home. It isn't usually a long time, typically 48 to
72 business hours. It should give you this information on the contract. If
not, call your state's consumer protection agency. I lived in your state. As
I remember they have some fairly strong consumer protection laws.
if that was the only guy to inspect your house, i would cancel the contract
right away. for something that pricey you want to get a couple more
you can always call them back and decide to use their service, but it sounds
like you need some more time to figure out your options.
i never sign a contract for anything on the first visit. always better to
go home and think about it, or tell the guy to leave and think about it.
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