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Old 03-09-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Been in our house for about a year now that has a Sentricon system for termites around the perimeter with about 25 stations. There was activity about 6 years ago when the system was installed, and none since then.

I brought in the same people that were currently servicing the system from the prior homeowners. This includes bi-monthly service to check the stations and spray the perimeter of the house with their weapon of choice (currently Talstar and/or Demand). In the last year, we have had no pests inside our house and no termite activity.

I have no problem doing the work myself, and $600/yr seems a little steep to walk around the house 6 times a year.

Is this something I can realistically take over, or am I best off having a professional service?

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- Professional exterminators have access to chemicals DIYers cannot get.

- Termite service often comes with a warranty/guarantee that will fix any damage if it occurs while covered.

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What is this pest control for? Termites? Or ants and spiders, etc. too?
Sounds very steep to me. As noted, DIYers can't use the same chemicals that pros can, but you can easily get a pro job that doesn't have that intensive $600/yr maintenance. Just call around for one-shot treatment costs and warranty info.
A good pest control operator should be able to professionally treat your home for termites, and it should last at least for 10 years with the chemicals that they allow pros to use now.
I have had my house treated professionally only once when I built it in 1977, and I have an annual inspection ($65) with no problems with termites ever. Of course, the chemicals that they used back then were much stronger.
One thing about pest control operators. Like in every profession, there can be rip-off artists, so get references and check them out thoroughly. A big name franchise operator can be far worse than an independent. I've been a real estate broker for more than 24 years and have seen some real rip-offs.
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