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.