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Billy from Milton Fl writes,
03/26/2015:

My Pest Control "expert" says I need a retreatment after only 8-years. Is that true?

I found active termites in my house shortly after I purchased it. I called in a "professional" They "trenched and drenched the outside perimeter and drilled the patio slab, front porch slab and driveway and injected. There was no drilling of the slab on the inside of the house. I have had an annual inspection since the original treatment. 8-years later, he is telling me I have to have a re-treatment in order to preserve the warranty. Sounds fishy to me.

Answer:

While we cannot comment on the work or word of a professional, one benefit of having a company treat your home is they do provide a warranty.  What that warranty is would need to be asked of the company and any contract they may have had with you.  While Termidor SC can last in the soil for 10 years or more, it does not guarantee you won't have termites for 10 years.  The 10 year applies to the areas that you apply Termidor, it is guaranteed to stay where you put it and protect and last for 10 years. However, no termite treatment can 100% guarantee that you won't have termites because termites can enter your home in places that you cannot treat, like underneath a slab, through a plumbing pipe, or through an area you cannot get the treatment to because it is covered or inaccessible. If any of the soil was disturbed, a retreatment may need to be done.  After your home is built, it is impossible to get to every entry point.  There are always areas you cannot get to which is why you should continue to have a professional company come out every couple of years to do a professional inspection to make sure you have no areas of activity. 

Answer last updated on: 03/26/2015

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