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Question DetailsAsked on 4/11/2015

My pest control service did and inspection, said my termite control was out of date and cost 3,822 seems high?

I have had the same pest control company since buying the house in 2000. They said my termite barrier was out of date and recommended insulate to R60 for 3,822. I pay them 90.00 per quarter so now this?

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It is recommended to call a couple of other reputable pest management companies for a second opinion. Homes can be insulated with R30 upwards to R60. You may not benefit from adding additional insulation and it may just be a sales opportunity for your pest company. Homes should receive a termite booster treatment every 5-7 years and cost anywhere from $3-$5 per lineal foot.

Good Luck.


Nozzle Nolen.

Answered 5 years ago by Mark Carran


Should I even ask why a pest control company is trying to sell you on an insulation upgrade, which has absolutely nothing to do with pest control (other than maybe making their nest area more comfy for them) ?

As other comment said, depending on species of termites in your area and how invasive they are in your specific location, perimeter retreatment can be required from 1-2 times a year in a highly infested area to maybe every 5-10 years max (as the poison does lose potency with age and also gets diluted and washed down into the ground with rain) in less severe areas.

Used to be you could do a Chlordane injection and it would last for decades, but some idiot applicators started just spraying it around houses on the ground surface so it ended up being banned by the EPA. Now Termidor is the go-to injection poison lasting 10 years according to the manufacturer, but I would not believe more than 5 in areas where the injected area will be sprinkled or rained on, because water dilutes it. As other comment said, about $5-8/LF is a common cost (plus about $100/year inspection fee to be sure termites are not moving in), all around the foundation. In cases of active infestation, may also require drilling holes through concrete slabs and injecting there too.

It is also possible to go with driven-in rod type bait stations (Sentricon is the one I have heard is the best) at about 5 foot intervals around the perimeter, at about 1/3 to 1/2 the installation cost - not real effective if you already have an infestation as the termites keep following their existing tunnels to the house wood, but can be effective to handle new infestations. Personally, in an area with heavy termite activity in the vicinity, I would go with the injected barrier.

Here are a couple of prior similar questions with responses and some typical prices:

If you have dry wood termites in your area or carpenter ants, the inspections should also check for them - because the perimeter treatment will NOT stop them - takes a different kind of bait treatment for carpenter ants, and dry wood termites require an in-house perimeter and attic inspection to check for infestation - your best protection against them is good caulking and insect screening of all exterior gaps and potential entry points.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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