Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:35:03 8/5/2008 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Termites Eating Vinyl Pool Liner posted by Christopher Dees on 15:36:44 8/5/2008 from 18.104.22.168:
Well, indeed, I can agree with the fact that there is "no right answer" part of your post... And our industry is an expertise, rather than any kind of exact science, so everybody has their own solution to the problem, and all of them (or none of them) might actually work, of course.
In general, I think that an ethical exterminator owes it to their customers to offer our recommendations on the basis of what's best for THEIR pocketbook, not ours. I think baiting for the termites might take too long to start taking effect, number one, and, secondly, would be more expensive for the customer to implement and service.
For that reason, I generally recommend soil treatments for those pools that are already under attack. Using the right chems, you can have control almost overnight. In cases such as these, I almost always use Termidor and at the higher application rate. And if I treated it, according to the above specs, I would guarantee it. While I can't offer any kind of coverage for termite damage to a pool liner, I can warranty my treatment. In fact, I have several pools under our continuing yearly renewal plan. And whenever a new liner is installed, we pre-treat the area - at no extra charge, it's included in their renewal.
With any bait procedure, you will likely be months before you even start any kind of control. I have seen some companies sell BOTH treatments, which I see as a possibly malevolent form of "Exterminator Double-dipping...."
However, with NEW pools, especially with people that are already under some kind of termite baiting contract, this might be an alternative treatment procedure, depending on circumstances.
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