I had my home inspected and they didn't find any termites but suggested
the liquid defend system to prevent termites in the future. In
addition, I plan to rent out my house and he suggested that I tent the
house now for preventitive measures so it is less likely to do it when
there are renters.
However, I am relectunt to do the liquid defend treatment let alone the
tenting since nothing was found and I don't know how well these systems
work to prevent termites in the future.
I wanted to know from anyone with experience whether these preventitive
measures really help or should I wait till there is something actually
I know one thing it would be cheaper to have an inspection once a year.
Look at it this way I might get two flats in one day should I carry two
spares? I also bet all this will lead to some kind of monthly service. Also
ask about a what kind of warranty your going to get against termites . Most
that stuff is about one year and has more loop holes than you can read. Ask
if you do get termites are repairs free? Read up on termites and treatments
All this is from experience
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but tenting provides no protection
from future termites at all. It's only to treat an existing dry-wood
The chemical treatment can protect from subterranian termites for an
indeterminate amount of time. I've known people who have had good
results on existing termite infestations with the chemical barrier
It sounds like the treatment company is trying to squeeze cash out of
you for a problem you don't have. Continue with the yearly inspections
and buy the proper treatment solution if and when you actually have a
I'm surprised they didn't try to sell you a 'baiting' system with a
perpetual 'maintenence' contract.
The baiting system is a joke, it's nothing but a money maker. When I
had termites major infestation most the honest CO. said it's a waste of $ &
time. I ended up using a product called thermidor most the stuff I read said
it was the best. Terminex was the worst CO I had give me a price, The guy
lied about areas saying it was really bad ( when I was tearing the house
found nothing) he was pushing that baiting crap down my throat.
That is correct. Tenting will kill off any dry wood termites in your house
on the day of tenting. Tenting a house without termites will kill off any
disposable income you might have, but that's about all it might do.
Sounds that way to me, too.
I agree with the above.
I've tented and had termites come back five years and one month later
(astonishingly, one month after the "guarantee" expired. You don't think
the warantee inspections were less than rigorous, do you? Nahhhh.)
I used Thermidor to kill the second wave last year. Much less expensive,
and I have a GREAT termite guy who does quarterly inspections to ensure that
the treatment is effective. If you're in south central FL, let me know,
and I'll give you his name. Good guy, great service, reasonable price.
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