First of all, let me explain that I am a worrywart, but I come by it honestly as my sweet mother was an expert in this field, so I "studied and studied", became a wife and mother and honed it to a fine science. The plus side is that when I remember to put it in God's Hands everything is hunky dory, but too often I try to pilot the plane!This means that I did remember to pray before I even chose who to call...have you ever prayed over the Yellow Pages? It's different...but it works as I really haven't fretted about this whole ordeal, not too many heeby jeebies or worry about the cost.
Since you probably do not have either of the Exterminators where you are, I will not use names, just advise you, that in all things, comparative pricing is a HUGE help and can save a ton of money.
Ironically, I really liked the first guy yesterday, he was personable and gave a lot of information, but I didn't like the idea of the traps that he wanted to put out permanently (if anyone wants info on this, please e-mail me so I don't bore everyone else) plus his price was going to be $1,080.00 for treatment and $300.00 rate per year, with someone coming out ( and you needed to be at home) once every three months to check the bait traps.
Today's person was very nice, not quite as informative (but answered all questions easily). the good news is that he doesn't believe the traps are that great of an idea as they only draw the termites and don't kill them until the check up time when something is poured down there. The chemical he uses effectively kills all the termites and his guarantee (same as guy #1) covers fixing and repairing any damage should it occur as well as re-treating if ever necessary (he said this is extremely rare). His price for the treatment is $700.00 with an annual guarantee rate of $175.00!!! Big difference, but who would know better??
Plus, #1 said there would be a two week wait and we'd have to trim all our shrubs back 12-18 inches (a daunting task, to say the least), whereas #2 man said that they can be here by Friday morning and have long drills so no shrub cutting!! YA HOO!! I am a "Happy Camper" with termites, soon to be even happier...may soon be seen doing a happy dance when they go to termite Heaven!!
Again, I truly pray you never need this information, but that this can help you if you do, but remember, the most important part is to pray about it!!!
P.S. Thank you all, also, for all the sympathy and comments...that feels so good and you are all such a blessing to me...wow...puts happy tears in my eyes!!! (See what having termites can do for you??)
Some goofiness I found in my e-mail, this time, for you to enjoy:
Proof reading is a dying art,
.....would you say?
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one was caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No, really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought???
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something...hmmm
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
Oklahoma's new construction program!
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again.
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?