Anyone doing their own termite contro...

Anyone doing their own termite control? Thinking of doing it myself

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Since: Mar 12

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#1 May 12, 2012
Where I come from in the Midwest, it seems like no one really has any annual pest control (termite) whereas down here everyone does (as least around here). When I first moved here over 7 years ago they treated the house with the hardcore stuff when it was being built and I paid a yearly ransom of a $160. I thought I was good for life. Imagine my surprise (and everyone here laughed at me) when I got the expiration notice two years ago. A Northwest Exterminators sales dude came over one day with a nice presentation and gave us two options:

1) Rip up my landscaping and dig around the house, dump “millions” of gallons of hardcore poison around the house, and then I continue to pay the annual ransom and I’d be good for 5 more years. This would continue to kill the earth and babies and scare my wife. She balked. It was $700. Salesman grinned because……

2) Buy Centricon…you know, stick those tubes in the ground – maybe 15 of them,$200ish then $350 a year the guys come out for times a year check the “bait”(wood) and then if it eaten replace with poison. Less manpower, more money for them, etc.
I had done plenty of research previous to his visit and knew I could buy either option myself online….very cheaply and do it much cheaper but I did not have the time.

Fast forward 2.5 years, we are in a new house. 1.5 years ago when we moved the bank (we bought a never lived in foreclosure) had Northwest put in Centricon (ironically, accordingly to the closing papers, the bank only got charged $85 or so for 22 Centricon tubes and a year’s service from Northwest…WTF!). I am getting ready to put in a patio so some of the tubes need to be moved. I am thinking about calling Northwest and telling them to come dig up their tubes and take them away for good. Not because I am mad at them for ripping me off…hey they are a business, they make money how they can. However, I am a do –it-yourself kind of guy when time allows and now time allows, so I was thinking of ordering a kit like Centricon online and doing it myself.

The house was first built about 3 years ago and I know it was treated with the hardcore stuff they use before it’s occupied but I cannot officially verify it anyway. I know it was done though because someone was having the house built as their ‘dream home’ and I know they would have done that, plus the studs in the basement are green. I would like to use the poison stuff but Ms. Joe won’t let me so I need to use the tubes. Home Depot is selling some copycat version now too.

So, is anyone else doing termite control their selves? I have never used exterminators in Georgia for anything else other than termite prevention. I kill everything else that bugs me myself.

Thanks for any input. And thank you for reading, hope you have a nice day.

Since: Jan 10

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#2 May 13, 2012
No.

I'm a firm believer of "Let me do what I do well (still haven't figured out what that might be) and let me hire someone to do what I don't do well"...

So, since I don't know much about termite control, in the 28+ years that I've owned a house, I've used professional termite services. We used to use Lindsey Pest Control here, they were acquired or merged with Baco.

If I'm not mistaken (I didn't look since I no longer have a mortgage), I think a mortgage holder will require a termite letter or similar, just like requiring insurance on your home.

Our new house has the Centricon tube things. The tech guy told me we have 28 and he has to look at each of them when he comes out for service. If he can't find 28, he has to install another one and charge me $ for it. He asked me to tell the landscape people to make sure they leave them uncovered by mulch, pine straw, etc...I asked him for a "map" of where each of the 28 is located and I would check them myself before his visits. He said he couldn't give me a map (wouldn't/couldn't explain why), so I'll have to do it myself. I told him the first time I charges me will be the last time they have me as a customer, there are many professional pest control companies out there.
local yokel

Carrollton, GA

#3 May 13, 2012
Why couldn't houses be built with cement blcoks like Florida??
Then all one would have to pay for is a tent over the house,to get termites out of the roof.
Guess that doesn't help termite treatment in Georgia is a big rip off business.

Since: Mar 12

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#4 May 13, 2012
Bill, I definitely I agree with hiring out what I don't do well (which is a lot of things….and hiring out what I am not willing to take the time to do well)....

I didn't know much about termite control before doing a little research on it but now I am starting to learn about it. There really isn't anything to the Centricon baiting systems: tubes in the ground contain wood. The guy comes out 4 times a year looking for evidence of a hit, if termites hit it; he sticks poison in the tube in hope that the termite carries the poison back and kills off the colony. It costs me $360 a year for that at this house (I think, the ‘boss’ handles the bills) I could buy an entire system for $250. Spend 20 minutes every 3 months doing it myself. For my situation this is all probably overkill anyway in my case since my house probably has the hardcore poison festering for another 2 years.

See Bill...that last paragraph you wrote - if he told me that, I'd tell them to dig the damn things up because I would be taking over myself without a second. Can’t give you a map??? What a joke. I read somewhere that most pest companies don’t actually own the tubes…Dow owns it all. Lots of good info out there on the system, how it works and lots of alternatives as well.

Thanks for the input!

Yokel - I agree, it seems like a scare tactic business. At my foreclosure purchase the bank wanted a termite letter. There wasn't one. I got a little worried that this monster, once in a lifetime deal I pulled off was going to fall through. No worries said the realtor: a day before closing Northwest went out and stuck some tubes in the ground for the bank (at a helluva a discount!).

Bill - to your point of the requirement of the termite letter: my mortgage holder required it. However, as of 1/2007, the GA association of realtors no longer requires a termite letter. I wonder why? I bet they say a whole glut of foreclosures flooding the market for the next 10 years. Termite letters and bonds are the last things on anyone's mind. I was always told once the bond is gone it's gone. Now the onus is on the buyer to put a letter requirement in the contract. So, if they put one in the contract, the seller just needs to pay to get an inspection done, simple as that. Seems to me the process is changing to the way it has been in the north: choose to have a yearly pest control if you want, or take your chances. If you sell your house the buyer wants to pest free. If is up to the seller to provide. How you get there is your choice.(I am not suggesting you “take your chances” and not prevent termites)

I am dumping Northwest. I am doing it myself. Over tens years I am going to save about $3600. I'll bait myself. If I have problems with rats, roaches, etc...anything else I can't kill, I will leave it to the pros (despite my joke about killing anything else that annoys me, I do use exterminators for treatment if needed). When it's time to sell, if they buyer wants it, I'll pay for an exterminator to come inspect the house (I’ll probably be blacklisted because of this post) and issue a letter giving me the all clear. It will be all clear since I am staying on top of it.

Thank you for your input. Have a good night!

Since: Jan 10

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#5 May 13, 2012
Joe:

One thing I forgot, my termite contract says they will pay to repair any damage (full replacement value) that might occur on their watch, so I think it's a fairly cheap insurance policy.

We recently bought a house and required a termite letter. The problem I would have with having an inspection performed (if the service hadn't been kept up), is that if some damage or infestation had been found, I wouldn't want to buy the house.

I was talking about the conversation (with termite tech guy) with my landscaping guy. It appears to me, in order for them to guarantee to fix my house if any damage occurs, they must maintain the 28 units on my property. I can understand that.

I do agree that it's some kind of a "racket", but so are many other things...

Since: Mar 12

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#6 May 13, 2012
Thanks for the info Bill. You are right - so many rackets out there......

I am rolling the dice. I am thinking my paperwork had something that said they would fix damage, etc. I am also thinking the way my luck goes that IF something would happen they would find some exclusion to exclude me from coverage of the warranty (didn’t pay my bill, my daughter let the termites in, too many beer cans in the basement, mulch was covering the baiting system so they couldn’t test it). That’s my luck.

So, with my upcoming mutiny toward the local pest control giant and the upcoming termite swarm coming to somewhere over southwest Douglas county, I thought I’d share the information with Bill and all you all lurkers on the forum:

Handy dandy termite info and Georgia real estate rules:
http://www.patsabin.com/termites.html

The system I may buy:
http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/advance...

The system you can all come over and help me install:
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/SPEC/LABE...

So much discussion on the web about this – we shall see. I may be here next year looking for a 1 bedroom apartment because my wife kicked me out because I was wrong about DIY pest control and we got infested!!!!!!!

As a side note, about pest control: I bought some Black Flag Home Barrier stuff in a yellow pump sprayer. You are supposed to use it once a year to create a barrier around your house. I spray it around my garages to keep ants out. Do it in the afternoon, it dries and done. It is absolutely amazing the complete and total kill that is out there in the morning: moths, beetles, ants, roaches, etc. 100s and 100s of insects dead dead dead. Guess my wife is right about the poison. What the hell is in that stuff?

“Liberals are closet raaacists!”

Since: Nov 08

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#7 May 14, 2012
Joes Beer Joint wrote:
Thanks for the info Bill. You are right - so many rackets out there......
I am rolling the dice. I am thinking my paperwork had something that said they would fix damage, etc. I am also thinking the way my luck goes that IF something would happen they would find some exclusion to exclude me from coverage of the warranty (didn’t pay my bill, my daughter let the termites in, too many beer cans in the basement, mulch was covering the baiting system so they couldn’t test it). That’s my luck.
So, with my upcoming mutiny toward the local pest control giant and the upcoming termite swarm coming to somewhere over southwest Douglas county, I thought I’d share the information with Bill and all you all lurkers on the forum:
Handy dandy termite info and Georgia real estate rules:
http://www.patsabin.com/termites.html
The system I may buy:
http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/advance...
The system you can all come over and help me install:
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/SPEC/LABE...
So much discussion on the web about this – we shall see. I may be here next year looking for a 1 bedroom apartment because my wife kicked me out because I was wrong about DIY pest control and we got infested!!!!!!!
As a side note, about pest control: I bought some Black Flag Home Barrier stuff in a yellow pump sprayer. You are supposed to use it once a year to create a barrier around your house. I spray it around my garages to keep ants out. Do it in the afternoon, it dries and done. It is absolutely amazing the complete and total kill that is out there in the morning: moths, beetles, ants, roaches, etc. 100s and 100s of insects dead dead dead. Guess my wife is right about the poison. What the hell is in that stuff?
Many thanks for the info in your last paragraph. I shall try that.

Since: Oct 11

Douglasville, GA

#8 May 14, 2012
Go to Do It Yourself Pest Control in Lithia Springs and get some Demon pest control. It is the strongest stuff in the world and will make mincemeat of any insect most especially termites. Spray it twice a year around your house base at the ground and you'll be happy.....

“Liberals are closet raaacists!”

Since: Nov 08

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#9 May 14, 2012
lomow wrote:
Go to Do It Yourself Pest Control in Lithia Springs and get some Demon pest control. It is the strongest stuff in the world and will make mincemeat of any insect most especially termites. Spray it twice a year around your house base at the ground and you'll be happy.....
Where exactly is that place in Lithia?
DJH

Douglasville, GA

#11 May 14, 2012
He "was" in a small building on S. Sweetwater across from Cooper Tire just right at the red light at Bankhead......

“Liberals are closet raaacists!”

Since: Nov 08

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#12 May 14, 2012
DJH wrote:
He "was" in a small building on S. Sweetwater across from Cooper Tire just right at the red light at Bankhead......
Many thanks.
ralph

Fairburn, GA

#14 May 18, 2012
pick up one of dem termites and paint it black,throw it back in the termite bed and all the rest of dem will move out

Since: Feb 12

Singapore, Singapore

#15 Jun 6, 2012
Take a look here for more information of termite control.

https://plus.google.com/b/1159675668569930772...
Vulcan Termite

Philippines

#16 Oct 5, 2012
There's no harm in doing it yourself, as long as you know how. There are so many self help and DIY books now on every subject, you're sure to find one for termite control. The only problem here is if you completely do not have any idea regarding termites and the right way to handle them. There are so many kinds, and a lot of places they can hole up that just getting the info from a book might just confuse you more.
Try asking around for experts recommended by a reliable source like family members and friends. This way you can get the right information you need and get rid of the termites once and for all without making a large hole in your pocket.
Tylequious Jackson

Buffalo, NY

#20 Jan 26, 2015
My sister just found termites in her house. I told her to call an exterminator right away. One of my childhood friends had termites and he tried to get rid of them by himself. He couldn't do it and he had to move out because of the bugs. Hopefully my sister can have them taken care of before they damage her home. http://www.arab-cincy.com/
Raymond

Douglasville, GA

#21 Jan 26, 2015
Ever time you change your oil just poor the old stuff around your house I have been doing this for 20 some odd t
years and never seen a bug.
It will save ya a lot of money on terminater bills and oil changes as well
Go green

Atlanta, GA

#22 Jan 27, 2015
Raymond wrote:
Ever time you change your oil just poor the old stuff around your house I have been doing this for 20 some odd t
years and never seen a bug.
It will save ya a lot of money on terminater bills and oil changes as well
thanks for the info Raymond! I usually just pour my old oil in the woods behind my neighbors house. I drive a semi truck and it holds 5gallons of oil and I can't keep the old oil sitting around in my garage. Come to think of it though, I've never seen any termites in my neighbors woods so it must work.
Raymond

Douglasville, GA

#23 Jan 27, 2015
Go green wrote:
<quoted text>thanks for the info Raymond! I usually just pour my old oil in the woods behind my neighbors house. I drive a semi truck and it holds 5gallons of oil and I can't keep the old oil sitting around in my garage. Come to think of it though, I've never seen any termites in my neighbors woods so it must work.
That stuff is just to nasty for any criters don't keep the possums away them nasty criters will walk through anythin
buggedout

Catoosa, OK

#24 Jan 28, 2015
Yep. I am feeding them my house. Controlling that they stay here. lol

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