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Old 10-13-2018, 11:27 AM
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Being as our homes are built on a slab, I don't see how the subterranean varmints could get to the wood. Anybody?
as concrete cures it shrinks. there will be tiny cracks around your bathtub plumbing that comes up through the slab. It is a good spot to make sure you have the termite guy spray. some homes will have a small inspection panel. They are easy to install.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:19 PM
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Hi Frank,

Thanks for your reply!
I have a question, if I may.....how common (in your experience) is an infestation to actually occur?
Especially in a 5-15 year old house, that was pre-treated....that doesn't have a bunch of dilapidated other houses/structures/rotting decks near by/attached....or old fallen/rotting timber in un-kept wild yards?


I'm just really skeptical that this is even a "thing", in a community like TV...
And this QUARTERLY application, I think, is TOTAL overkill.
Charging me $100, (4X a year) to walk around my little 2 bedroom villa with a sprayer....

Asking anyone with an answer....Just Thought Frank would have more first hand knowledge.

Thanks in advance,

Chris
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:13 PM
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I don't think it's a scam, but a case of "buyer beware".
And a case of projecting the blame.
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:14 PM
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And this QUARTERLY application, I think, is TOTAL overkill.
Charging me $100, (4X a year) to walk around my little 2 bedroom villa with a sprayer....
Here is an option, use the same product the pros use around the home four times a year. It is Tarus SC (generic Termidor SC) https://www.amazon.com/Taurus-SC-CSI...ords=taurus+sc for 55.00 you get 25 one gallon applications or six years' worth. Your annual cost is 9.00. This product works exceptionally well to keep the ants out as well. Ant control is one approved use for this product.

Taurus SC active ingredient is 9.1% Fipronil. This is the same product is similar concentrations as used in Frontline topical flea control for dogs and cats. Not saying that this is safer than any other insecticide, but it is interesting how some hire a professional for their house but DIY for their pets.

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Old 01-03-2019, 08:18 PM
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I just signed with Florida Pest Control (FPC). They are very reasonable and very thorough. No pressure or BS.
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:52 PM
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If you own a house in the south, you need some sort of termite contract. When I lived in NC, I came home one day and said what is happening to the drywall in the garage ? Well, termites had built their little tunnels and were eating the paper off the drywall. This was on a house that was 7 years old. I had to have the whole house treated including drilling into the garage concrete floor every 6 inches along the perimeter to have chemicals injected. Needless to say, it was a very expensive procedure. Now, we pay Massey about a 100 a year to provide the warranty. They come and inspect/treat once or twice a year. I did the same thing in NC with a different company.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:19 PM
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"Now, we pay Massey about a 100 a year to provide the warranty."

I'm 7 years in now with Massey, and now they say they need to retreat above and beyond the $100. Don't know how much that would be, but I'm exploring options.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:44 PM
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$100 a year, let's say 60,000 homes in here, $6,000,000 per year divided mostly by Deans and Massey. I wonder how many claims they have ever paid out on termite damage. I wouldn't mind having a piece of that action. They most likely have insurance to cover any claims that might arise but premiums would not be anywhere near that number.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:02 PM
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$100 a year, let's say 60,000 homes in here, $6,000,000 per year divided mostly by Deans and Massey. I wonder how many claims they have ever paid out on termite damage. I wouldn't mind having a piece of that action. They most likely have insurance to cover any claims that might arise but premiums would not be anywhere near that number.
I agree. But, if you do a similar calculation with car insurance, I would rather have a piece of that action. And homeowners insurance on the 60,000 homes is about 10 times what people pay for the termite insurance.

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Old 01-22-2019, 04:30 PM
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I agree. But, if you do a similar calculation with car insurance, I would rather have a piece of that action. And homeowners insurance on the 60,000 homes is about 10 times what people pay for the termite insurance.
That's true but a lot of us use our homeowners and auto insurance every once in awhile. I still have never heard of a documented case of subterranean termites in TV and I have asked on several forums over the last two years.
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