Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No Oranges

They came to treat for termites today. It turns out that they did not use orange oil. It turns out that because of the way the wall is constructed and because of the insulation in it, orange oil was not an option. At least that's what I got from the guy doing the work. (May be Termite Man, who commented on an earlier post about orange oil, can explain it better.) He said that orange oil is used on open framing. He could not get to all the wood in our wall. On the upside he did not see any damage with the boroscope (used to look inside the wall), only the swarmers and droppings (ugh, termite poop!).

They ended up injecting a foam containing Termidor into the wall. It is an odorless termiticide/insecticide. At least it does not smell and hopefully it will stay inside the wall. I have a feeling that any termite company could have done this, so I may be the victim of a "bait and switch" situation. It did take two people two hours to do the work, so the price that I paid may not be too bad. More help for the local economy.

It comes with a 6 month guarentee which can be renewed for an additional 10% of the original fee. I may take them up on that offer for at least a couple of periods, just in case we didn't get them all. At least I will try to get through a couple more swarming seasons before I let the guarentee lapse.

So, hopefully, this is the end of my termite saga. Since we did not tent the whole house, I may be living on borrowed time, but I think my dogs and my grandchildren will thank me.


  1. I keep getting this image from the movie "Joe Dirt" where Joe sits in the tented house crazed out on fumes. Good thing they just stuck with the foam!

  2. Hmmmmmmmm...crazed out on fumes, you say! Hmmmmmmmm