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Old 09-06-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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I'm not sure what to do about that. We never had that problem in our previous state. So far, no uninvited guests inside besides one mosquito that I killed last night.
Outside I saw geckos and realize those eat the bad guys so that's ok. But today on my 2nd floor window where the tree is I spotted a HUGE spider. It's outside, but I'm worried it could come inside. So I phoned at least 6 companies and the prices vary greatly as do the frequencies. Some say monthly, others every other month or quarterly. What's the right interval? And is Orkin better than the local guys? I just want to create a barrier so them spiders stay outside (they give me nightmares!).
We have two young children and 2 cats and a dog so the stuff can't be super poisonous. Isn't it sufficient to spray the outside perimeter and the attic (I udnerstnad they gain access via the attic somehow)? Pesticides are ok for me outside, but on the inside they worry me. I minimize exposures to environmental poisons for our family and we live fairly "crunchy". The pets though are on Frontline so we won't get fleas and the dog is also on heartworm meds.

The house was built in 2002 and is in great shape. I know we have to cut the trees as they are starting to reach the roof - btw any suggestions for a gardening service we can hire once a year to cut back our trees that's not super expensive?
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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They're all the same, just comes down to customer service. A bug will always enter your home. So I would base it on retreats if available. I have mine come out quarterly and if I spot a spider, I'll have them come out asap no questions asked.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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how much do they charge for quarterly?
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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We have ABC coming out today. It's usually 140 for first but they have a coupon right now for like 40 off. I think ours is 80 a quarter after the first visit and they do an acre out in the yard.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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I've had several offers, most ranging from $115-$140 for the first visit and then quarterly $85-89. They put out traps in the grass for termites....

bencronin, what does abc all include and do you like them?
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've had several offers, most ranging from $115-$140 for the first visit and then quarterly $85-89. They put out traps in the grass for termites....

bencronin, what does abc all include and do you like them?
Honestly I'm not even sure yet on either front as my wife is handling all that. I know they are going to (try) and get ride of the American Cockroaches we've seen 3 of over the past month and some spiders we see from time to time.

Here are the coupons: http://www.abchomeandcommercial.com/...ut/coupons.php
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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Thanks I called them too for a quote, but they are actually $120 per treatment on the quarterly now. Hmm.

Do I need those termite traps in the yard? One company, I think All-Safe offered to put them in with their plan. Are termites really such a huge worry?

Then there is Berrett with $116 initial and $89 quarterly I think. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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Oh wow, maybe its our location and size of house. Honestly I'm not too terribly worried about termites since we rent. Others could chime in on that one better than I can.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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We have been using Alterra since we moved and have seen significant improvement since we started the quarterly treatment. They charge $100 a quarter and free spraying anytime you call them in between (exterior and interior).

They have been great and have had good customer service experience so far.

Previous home owner had treated the house for termites and carpenter ants, so we got it inspected and treated before we moved in. One thing we did as soon as we moved in was cut all bushes and small trees that were near the house. Also trimmed all the branches that were close to the house. Atleast on Alterra website i dont see they treat for termites, so we are also looking a company that treats termites.

I have heard a lot of good things about DIY pest control but never given it a thought, may be in the future.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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Neil Sperry, the TX garden guru, recommends Arborological Services for tree trimming. I have no personal experience with them, but that's who I'd call if I needed them.
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