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To Spray or Trap? treatment for termitets
Joe, the question you ask is a question to a deeper need in home ownership. Ask not how many times you should have your home sprayed for termites... ask what your warranty company should do for you to stay active and in place. Many home owners know about the termites that are active in the lands in our regions although the bond or warranty is more important at the end of the day. Make sure your home is protected and has a company that can stand behind thier treatment both active and passive. Check what type of system they use and chemicals. Most importantly read the warranty or Bond. At Gavigan we use a wood treatment during construction and a Taexx pest control wall sytem. If your home is built already do not worry about what was done before its more important to ensure what is current. bait traps, tests, and a good company will have a plan. Great Question...
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As a 69-yr old homeowner, you must establish a contract with a local pest control company. I pay $99 per year for mine but...if any termites appear...they treat it for free! Also...when you sell your home and the buyer's inspector comes out and finds you have termites...it will cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to have them exterminated AND you cannot close until that it resolved. So, I suggest you find a reliable, established pest control co., and get them to keep a year-round inspection program with you before it's too late!
There aren't many areas on the east coast where termites aren't a common problem that need to be addressed. A good bet is to hire a pest company to treat your house and then hire them for an ongoing service contract. You'll be protected if any subsequent infestation occurs and their policies (at least here in central NJ) will cover repairs if damage occurs while your house is under their care.
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