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ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
33819 posts

Termite prevention question

We purchased our house almost 2 years ago and the previous owners had a termite contract with Arrow b/c the house had a very small termite problem a few years ago. The termites have since been destroyed, but we continue to pay for them to come out annually to do whatever they do to prevent them from returning. It costs $145 annually and then around $400 every 4 years. Is there something I can do myself to prevent the termites from coming back and also avoid paying the professionals to come out?


trident
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jul 2007
3557 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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Is there something I can do myself to prevent the termites from coming back and also avoid paying the professionals to come out?


I think it would be worth it to keep paying especially with previous damage. Although $145 is a little high. Mine is only $75 with terminix. shite will cost you a couple of pay checks if there is a problem and you dont have coverage.


swampdeer57
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2012
162 posts

re: Termite prevention question
I discovered termites after the storm. Been treating with same company for years. Was basically told to read contract.

They will kill any if an infestation occurs but you're fricked on them fixing any problems


ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
33819 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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I think it would be worth it to keep paying especially with previous damage.
The damage is extremely minor

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Although $145 is a little high. Mine is only $75 with terminix
I may give them a call

Thanks bud


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ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
33819 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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They will kill any if an infestation occurs but you're fricked on them fixing any problems


swampdeer57
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2012
162 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Now no one could stop you from legal action but the Uniform agreement from the State of Louisiana is pretty straightforward.

I had another company come and do an inspection. They told me the termites were dead and no active infestations were found and the other company did a good job in that but good luck trying to go after them.

My house was hit real hard with damage and I'll have to do the work a little at the time.


ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
33819 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Were they treating your house annually?


swampdeer57
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2012
162 posts

re: Termite prevention question
yes


ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
33819 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Damn that sucks. I guess I'll keep paying and hopefully they'll get the suckers before they cause too much damage

Good luck to you man


Hammertime
UNO Fan
TGI Fridays
Member since Jan 2012
21381 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Just keep it. Once they start eating your house, you're fricked. Not gonna get that wood back.


JAB528
LSU Fan
The Mexican Ocean
Member since Jun 2012
15101 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Termites are a huge pain in the ass. My grandpa had them a few years ago. He uses terminix as well. Really satisfied with them.


Janky
LSU Fan
Team Primo
Member since Jun 2011
11142 posts

re: Termite prevention question
I just paid my renewal with terminix today for $225. I wonder how they come up with the cost if the other guy only pays $75.


Tigerpaw123
USA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Mar 2007
9950 posts

re: Termite prevention question
I have heard that if you pour spent motor oil around the perimeter of your house it will keep them away for years, of course I would not do this as it is probably against the law for environmental concerns


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trident
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jul 2007
3557 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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I just paid my renewal with terminix today for $225. I wonder how they come up with the cost if the other guy only pays $75


Mine 3 yr renewal is around $225. My yearly inspection is $75


LaFBfan
Washington Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2013
651 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Do like I did, go to Pest Stop on Oneil, N of I12...spend the 300 bucks or so for Termidor solution...have the guy explain how to spray it.

I had a tunneling problem until I put this down, termites dead and gone and I have leftover chemicals for when/if they show back up.


Anton7
New Orleans Saints Fan
Mandeville
Member since Jul 2012
1133 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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just paid my renewal with terminix today for $225. I wonder how they come up with the cost if the other guy only pays $75.
Not all companies use the same chemicals, do the same quality of work or give the same type of "guarantee". I use Terminix in Slidell. They use Termidor and guarantee ANY new termite damage, including the total cost of repair, no matter where the termite damage occurs in the house. I will gladly pay a premium for that peace of mind. Trust me, I've seen how other pest control companies operate. Very few will do anything other than re-treat if you home is turned to sawdust by termites.


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Anton7
New Orleans Saints Fan
Mandeville
Member since Jul 2012
1133 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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Do like I did, go to Pest Stop on Oneil, N of I12...spend the 300 bucks or so for Termidor solution...have the guy explain how to spray it. I had a tunneling problem until I put this down, termites dead and gone and I have leftover chemicals for when/if they show back up.
I'll do a lot of things aound the house myself. But, I have homeowner's insurance and flood insurance for a reason. I've seen, first hand, what termites can do in a short period of time. In Louisiana, I'll keep my termite insurance.


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Capt ST
LSU Fan
Middle of the Mall
Member since Aug 2011
6871 posts

re: Termite prevention question
Find some old farm, rummage through sheds, find chlordane, apply problem solved until 2113.


Fishhead
LSU Fan
Purvis, MS
Member since Jan 2008
6215 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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Find some old farm, rummage through sheds, find chlordane, apply problem solved until 2113.
And spray your yard with any leftover. No ants...ever. :)


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Ace Midnight
LSU Fan
Between sanity and madness
Member since Dec 2006
39813 posts

re: Termite prevention question
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We purchased our house almost 2 years ago and the previous owners had a termite contract with Arrow b/c the house had a very small termite problem a few years ago. The termites have since been destroyed, but we continue to pay for them to come out annually to do whatever they do to prevent them from returning. It costs $145 annually and then around $400 every 4 years. Is there something I can do myself to prevent the termites from coming back and also avoid paying the professionals to come out?


Does your house have any wood in it? If yes, you need the protection. Termites are so good at eating wood, I will be looking at alternative materials when I build my home - the problem is - there is no perfect alternative, and if there was it would be prohibitively expensive. However, you can do some things when building to minimize their access and reduce the costs of preventing/fighting them.

And existing wood frame house on a slab, regardless of your siding (brick, stucco, hardiplank) - there are 2 kinds of owners - those who know they have a termite infestation and those that have one and don't know about it.


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