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Question DetailsAsked on 10/2/2013

Should I spend money on a termiticide to prevent termites?

An Orkin inspector did not find any termite activity in our house. He did a test in our yard to see if there were any termites present in the soil. He inserted about 4 stakes into various spots in our yard that had "termite food". After a few weeks or so he came and found that one of the stakes had been "eaten". He said this means there is termite activity in that part of our yard. He went on to recommend methods to prevent termites from getting to our house. He gave us a quote of about $2,000.00. Should we spend that much money to prevent termites from getting to our house or is this a waste of money?

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The process your Orkin Rep used is a common method for detecting Termite activity near any structure. You however did not metion whether the inspector actually found live Termites on the stick 'bait'? Without seeing the 'Termite Activity' myself it's impossible to determine any other cause for of that activity - soil rot, other insect damage, carpenter ant. etc.


In general and dependent on your geographic location, a 'preventive' Termite treatment to your home foundation area is a prudent measure even without any activity established. The pricing he outlined looks about average for average home. I would have the 'wood stick bait' step be done again and ask to see any actual Termites on or in the stick or surrounding soil or take to another PC rep for his / her own evaluation.

Source: http://www.termites101.org/termite-ba...

Answered 5 years ago by GaryKasper

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To Gary:

In reply to your question, "You however did not metion whether the inspector actually found live Termites on the stick 'bait'?"

There were no live termites present on the stick bait. Also we live in Wichita, KS


If we decide to use a prevention method, how long is it ok to wait? Funds are pretty short right now.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9445087

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I would take what time you need - and get more quotes and opinions. I certain I could find termites on any property using this 'baiting' method especially if you live near any wooded area.

Answered 5 years ago by GaryKasper

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Gary, appreciate your help. Thank you!

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9445087

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If you go ahead with prevention - which if you have a crawlspace or wood within a foot or less of the ground anywhere around the house would certainly be a good idea in your area, I would look into gettign quotes from several sources - that $2000 is getting into the range for a complete tenting treatment - preventative treatments including foundagtion spray and in-ground chemical treatment, in my experience, run more in the $500-800 range.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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