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Old 03-20-2017, 12:28 PM
 
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We just purchased a house in the Wesley Chapel area last week and will be moving to the area in late April. The house is in a new development, and the area seems fairly rural (at least to us, as we currently live in urban St. Louis). We have a Taexx system in the new house, but I am not terribly familiar with that. I was wondering how necessary is pest control in the area? I HATE bugs, but I also hate using chemicals, too. I grew up in Knoxville without any major bug issues. I have nightmares about the bugs we had in Houston and Memphis years ago. I have spent most of my years in the upper Midwest, so this is a scary proposition for me (as far as bugs go). Any advice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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I think a Taexx system requires regular "treatments" in order to work. I've lived in NC for 56 years and have never had regularly scheduled pest control, and have never had issues with bugs that required professional treatment of any sort except on the coats.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:20 PM
 
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The only thing you'll want to do yearly is termite inspections.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Termites would be the only pest I'd consider inspections/treatments for typically. I have/had an ant issue recently and had a pest control company come out and they actually discovered some termites setting up shop so I'm glad I had them out so I could get that taken care of before it became an actual issue. So, unless you have an actual bug issue you want to deal with I'd just plan on annual termite inspections (if that often).
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Connecticut, United States
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I would suggest you to go for pest control inspection in every 6 months.
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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Congrats on your purchase! I'll echo the other posters that said that you don't need it.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:08 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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My neighbor just had a "professional" pest control visit from a "national" vendor. The guy was there about five minutes. $166, with a year long "contract" $600 offered (declined).

He spent more time telling her why he could not treat certain areas than he did treating areas.

Pretty much confirmed my suspicions.

You can buy some stuff at Lowes, in a white bottle with a battery powered sprayer (no pumping) that works very good on our huge palmetto bugs and about every thing else. Good Luck.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I put down fire ant granules several times per year across the yard. I treat any mounds that do pop-up with Ortho mound killer.

I also spray a Bifen mixture on my foundation and 2-3 feet into the lawn on the perimeter of the house every couple of months. After a day or two, we see a bunch of dead stuff!
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Welcome to Union county. We live in Indian Trail and have never had an bug issues. We don't spray. We moved here from Florida, so it's wonderful not to have to worry about that.
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Welcome! I have pest control 4 times a year in my house. I think it depends on if your house is located close to the woods, a creek etc. I have those ugly cockroaches that feed of water and die when they come inside. Trying to get them out of my house.
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