Hello, all. I'm a lurker and although I've done plenty of searching in
the archives for an answer, I'm still not sure of the right course of
treatment for my house. Thank you in advance for your help.
Here's my current situation.
I live in the Dallas area. I was mowing my lawn and a small tree stump
(about 4 inches diameter) get upturned by my lawnmower. This stump is
about 10-15 feet from the house. It was covered in termites. I've
inspected around my slab foundation and did not notice any mud tubes.
I've been very careful as a homeowner not to keep wood up against the
house. The closest thing I have is a cedar fence post 5" from the side
of a wall and a 4" landscaping timber end-butted (4" cross-section) to
a small part of the foundation with a 1" gap. My slab foundation is
exposed the entire way around my house with about an 8" rise to the
brick. The house only has external wood around trim and soffits.
I've had several companies out. The first was my regular pest service
whom I've been using happily for 2 year for ants, spiders and the like.
The do sentricon baiting and are talking about $275 up front with about
a $120 bimonthly fee in perpetuity.
I've also had others out promoting termidor trenching. These have come
in at about $1500 or so.
One independent exterminator didnt even come out. When we described the
problem, he said "Pull the stump. Go to home depot, buy some spray and
spray the area. Get some sleep and don't worry about it." This was
rather suprising as you can imagine.
Given that it doesn't seem like the house has been infected yet, which
method would you say is the best choice?
the $1500 seems excessive, the "pull the stump and don't worry" seems
haphazard, and the baiting systems don't seem effective considering
what I've read on the internet.
Screw it, I'm burning down the house and getting an apartment :)