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When I purchased my home in 2009 it was inspected for termites and thermadore (sp) was drilled and filled the exterior of the home.

??Every year I pay 200.00 to have someone from this company come by walk around the house and the inside with a flashlight for probably 20 max. Then tell me no termites. Is it really necessary, do you pay for something appears to be a money maker. I could use the money on fishing gear or the casino.

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When I purchased my home in 2009 it was inspected for termites and thermadore (sp) was drilled and filled the exterior of the home.

??Every year I pay 200.00 to have someone from this company come by walk around the house and the inside with a flashlight for probably 20 max. Then tell me no termites. Is it really necessary, do you pay for something appears to be a money maker. I could use the money on fishing gear or the casino.

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I think you have to have it done if there is a mortgage holder. It would also be an issue if you quit doing and then put the house up for sale later. And don't even think about what would happen if you quit doing it and discovered termites later;)
 

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you obviously have a termite damage bond. Dependent on the company it may or may not be worth anything to you in actuality. Also, if it covers only subteranian and not formosan you again may not be getting much becuase odds are any infestation will be formosan and they do the damage big time. The good thing is that they used Termidor. That is the best out there for now.
 

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you obviously have a termite damage bond. Dependent on the company it may or may not be worth anything to you in actuality. Also, if it covers only subteranian and not formosan you again may not be getting much becuase odds are any infestation will be formosan and they do the damage big time. The good thing is that they used Termidor. That is the best out there for now.
Formosan termites are subterranean.
 

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Whatever you do, do not let your bond expire. Renew it when the time comes. Mine expired and I wasn't notified and I got termites. I had them come out and start another bond and all they did was spray. i then got even more damage. Well since there was a lapse in the bond they didn't cover any of the damage. All they did was come out and retreat and drill more holes in my concrete. Which I guess is good so hopefully I wont have anymore damage.
 

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We have a friend that stopped paying and let coverage expire. Two years later when they were trying to sell they found termites. Buyer cancelled, sale fell thru, and they were left with bill to repair. Its like other insurance, you may think you don't need it but you really do.
 

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There are two types of "TERMITE BONDS"

Termite Treatment Bond
Termite Treatment and Damage Repair/Replacement Bond

The first type is not worth spending $200 per year on...although I know several folks that have.

The second type is only worth spending $200 per year renewing IF:

They will treat and repair or replace damaged areas of infestation. Also, who does the repair? I've seen repairs made that were less than acceptable.

AND, is there a $ limit on said repair and or replacement - MOST of these type Bonds cap the $ limits. Make sure that the limits are high enough.

There is no industry standard when it comes to a Termite Bond. The term is very misleading....
 

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This house had a "termite bond" The company repaired and re-treated with no expense to the home owners. This was discovered after they lived in the house for 8 years and they kept the termite program the whole time. Just because they come and don't see anything, does NOT mean you do NOT have termites..... just another worthless 2 cents....
 

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I cancelled mine. Been in the same house for going on 7 years and @ $250/year = $1750... I can have a lot of damage repaired for the amount you pay. Plus the company I was using called so many times to set up my renewal it pissed me off. Finally, as I was backing my trailer into the yard one afternoon after work, the guy was sitting in my driveway waiting for me. I told him when his boss buys hurricane shutters from me (which I quoted to him 3 years ago) I would continue using them. Haven't heard back from them since.
 

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Just had a "Wood Destroying Organism" inspection done by a well-known local pest control company for a home refi. Inspector told me that he personally recommends treatment every 4-5 years because the chemicals being used nowadays have that much of a residual effect. He quoted a cost for treatment of around $800 - 900.

Anyone in the business agree or disagree with this?
 

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I've done these jobs and every one I've ever done was well above $1750 one in particular was close to 7 times that amount. Unless you're a licensed contractor, and even then, a good bond is certainly worth the expense. JMO
 

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Yes, I am a licensed contractor and not worried about my particular house. I can also do home inspections and in my opinion in my case it's not worth the money. Also, forgot about the retreating every 5 years for another $1000 So by now I would have paid close to $4000. If you are not able to make repairs, the bond would be a good idea. Just read the fine print and make sure repairs are covered. I just got pissed off at the one company in town most of you probably use when they called 2-3 times a day for about a month trying to pressure me into renewing my contract and retreating the house. He was fine cashing my checks for years but when he needed a new building or needed shutters on his house he didnt even boother to call me. Might sound petty and childish but I never wanted to grow up in the first place.
 

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Those little buggers can do some real damage! The best protection you can have...is vigilance. Make sure you keep the exterior of your house weather tight. Don't let cracked caulk, and peeling paint allow water into the wall! Make sure your roof is good....and that all the flashing is done properly, and is in good condition.
Usually.....no water means no bugs.
Formosa termites can fly during part of their life cycle.....and don't ever have to return to the ground if they find a water source in your home.
I have repaired countless structures damaged by termites.....but never one that didn't have signs of water intrusion.
They do love that EIFS stucco!.....easy to form protective tunnels through the foam.
 

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This is how i see it after 37 years in the termite business......If you have a stucco house with water intrusion along hwy 98.....good luck even finding a termite company to be responsible for your house. People ask "if you dont offer a damage repair warranty, why should i spend the money?"...Honestly, if you can find a repair warranty...get IT.*

Your stucco house will get Formosan termites, above any chemicals (even Termidor), if kick out flashings werent installed, if window caulking has failed, if the stucco walls are cracked, if your 3rd floor hot water heater is leaking, if you dont have gutters, if your trees and bushes crowd the house, and if you add a wooden shed to the exterior.

*Reguardless of the type of warranty your stucco house qualifies for....In Gulf Breeze, its a temporary residence without a treatment, AND a satisfactory water intrusion report!

Lastly, many homes have conducive conditions which disqualify them from a damage repair warranty from the getgo.(see architect)..that doesnt mean it doesnt need protection....just that the home will not accept a termiticide applied in the comprehensive manner required by the LABEL. If any portion of your home is not treatable, TILE porches, stained concrete etc, your house would likely not be insurable.

In some states, (La)..damage repair warranties are rare.....they still treat their homes to prevent infestation.

Lastly.....i have been responsible for repairing window sills and door casings for years..now, with this new termite.....its not like that. Now when i get called to look at damages,...they're aready on 3 sides of the house at ceiling level!!

The native termites were just a nuisance...these guys are serious...We do both Termidor, and Sentricon to houses in Gulf Breeze. I hope the helps.
 

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This house had a "termite bond" The company repaired and re-treated with no expense to the home owners. This was discovered after they lived in the house for 8 years and they kept the termite program the whole time. Just because they come and don't see anything, does NOT mean you do NOT have termites..... just another worthless 2 cents....
unfortunatly, termite inspectors dont have xray vision. The termite man will Not tell you DON'T have termites...when he can only see 1% of the wood in your home.
 
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