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Old 09-23-2008, 01:47 PM
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I bought a new construction home last year. The home was pretreated with a termite protection. Now that the year is up, I have been told that termite protection has to be done once a year to prevent termites. I had two estimates today, one for $400 and one for $1200. This is all new to me. Does anyone do this every year and if so, who do you recommend?
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:05 PM
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Buy some Talstar aka Bifenthrin.
You buy it at your local Lesco or John Deere branch.
Comes in two sizes. Don't quote me on the sizes...but I think the 16 ounce is 25 and the 32 ounce is $36.
You mix one ounce for every gallon of water.
I bought some last week, the 32 ounce size from Lesco in Pineville.
I had a major cricket issue. Sprayed my exterior/interior using only two ounces.
Haven't heard crickets chirping since....
It's also good for several other pest, including termites
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:47 PM
Location: Wesley Chapel/Waxhaw area
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We also had this problem and after getting quotes from 3 companies we went with the company that initially did our termite protection when the house was built. All the other companies told me since they didn't do the inital service they would have to redo it and that meant big bucks. By changing our bug control service to this company all we pay for bug control and termite protection is $516.00 per year. Peace of mind when it comes to selling the home.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:53 PM
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Our home was built with a Tubes-in-the-Wall System & our initial termite & insect treatment was done by Hometeam Pest. We have kept them as our pest control company & are very pleased with tem. Total cost per year for us is $468 ($78 every quarter for general insects & $156 yrly for termites). If I see anything in between visits, they come back out & treat at no add'l cost.

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:08 PM
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I had the same situation as you.
The contractor had the soil pre-treated prior to construction of our house. I was told this treatment doesn't last long because the soil is disturbed extensively during the construction process. I had another termite treatment done the year after we moved in. The pest company trenched around the foundation and treated the soil deep down. This is the proper way to do it.
My neighbor, who had his house built by the same contractor, didn't do anything after the initial pre-construction treatment and ended up with a serious termite problem in year 4. He had to have an extensive drilling treatment around the perimeter of his garage floor which was expensive.
The treatment I had done cost only $175.00 along with my annual pest control contract.
My annual pest control is $75 quarterly plus the $175.00 for the termite treatment. That's all you should pay.

Last edited by Lend27; 09-23-2008 at 06:41 PM.. Reason: additional info.
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:12 AM
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Thanks for all your help.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:28 PM
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If you have a new construction home it should come with a 1 year guarantee from the builder and the termite company should contact you when that years up. A annual renewal shouldn't be more then 100-200 dollars a year ( Depending on the size of the home) make sure if you have a crawl space that the inspector checks under there!. Dont get scamed into going for another treatment on a new home if its a year old. There are many options for termite control and I highly suggest you always have a professional treat your home. Moderator cut: tos violation

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