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Old 11-12-2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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DIY Termite treatment?

After successful slashing my annual pest control costs from $300 to $16 by switching to DIY route, I'm thinking about doing the same for termite protection.
We are in Atlanta suburbs and have a stick house with concrete basement built in 1999. Termites sighted in the neighborhood (quite normal in Georgia)
Termite company is doing liquid treatment around perimeter of the house every 5 years and annual inspections. The cost of treatment is about $700, inspection is $150-$200.
On the top of it you get 10k bond protection against termite damage.

For DIY route I can buy Termidor online for about $50 and probable raise effectiveness of the defenses by adding Termite Detection and Killing Stakes ( ~$60)

I'll check with my home insurance company about the coverage of termite damage.

What do you guys and gals think?

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Old 11-12-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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IF you do not ever plan to sell your home, then yes DIY. However, I used to live in FL (for 19 years) and I saw a lot of termite problems (not in my home) in others homes. Some had "Professional" termite contracts and still got termites. The good news is that the bonds (which were a LOT more than 10K - low 6 digits, as I remember) covered some very expensive repairs. A friend spent about $15,000 of his own money doing repairs trying to move out of eastern central FL (he did the Sentricom DIY program). HO-1 policies do not cover termite damages. IMO I would spend the money and I would go with termodor, senticom (sp) is more of a hassel. When they do the WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) inspection at time of sale, you will feel much better if you had professional servcie (with the repair bond).
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