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Old 10-07-2013, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Starglow View Post
Having termite treatment is no guarantee you won't ever have a problem...it only lowers your risk.
Putting aside for a moment the fact that termite treatments are often warrantied, I'd ask you to consider this:

There are a couple of items that are affected by treating the home...

1) The probability of an infestation occurring at all
2) The areas likely to be affected by an infestation

If a property is treated correctly, the treated areas are unlikely to be vulnerable to infestation. Is there a chance some areas don't receive good treatment coverage? Yes, but it reduces in size the total area that is vulnerable to damage in the event of positive #1 above.

So even if the home does get infested, chances are infestation would be lesser and damage costs less extensive on a treated home.

Another way to look at it is that for less than lunch at McDonalds once a month (assuming treatment every 10 years), you can have insurance that's most likely going to keep multi-thousand dollar termite repairs away, or at least if they do attack the damage will likely be lesser and you'll have more time to spot it. And you get some peace of mind knowing that at least you did what you could to prevent it.

I now sound like a termite plan salesmen, I know (I'm not) and would also add that all of the above requires hiring a competent company (I'm sure there are crooks out there).

Anecdotally, I personally do not know a single person in this area that has had termites that had their home preemptively treated. I do know a number of people that had a termite problem, got treated, and the problem did not recur after treatment. So I'm gonna go with the treating recommendation.
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