Feb 25, 2013 - 08:22 PM
New Home? What Orkin did not tell and they have no way of knowing, is that the amount of termite bait "to be consumed" is not known, and also with a new home, how long it will take termites to show up. It could take years. Texas A&M University (Dr. Roger Gold) has said that with most new home construction, it takes 7+ years for subterranean termites to show up. That's a lot of renewals for Orkin at $300 per year.
Sentricon is sold to professional companies under a license from Dow Agrosciences. Many of these companies pay a minimal amount to Dow for the Sentricon stations and initial installation. Dow makes their money on the subsequent "annual renewal fees", which can be hundreds of dollars per year.
There are companies in Texas that will install a 20 station Sentricon system for as little as $350, but then charge you $300 per year for the annual reinspection fee, which they hope is 5-10 years. This is total overkill.
If you want a "do it yourself" Sentricon System, then the Hex Pro Termite Bait System is identical to Sentricon, with the exception of the color and the chitin inhibitor (Bait).
The Sentricon system uses "Noviflumuron" and the Hex Pro System uses the original Sentricon Chitin Inhibitor called "Hexaflumuron". In my opinion, they work the same, and their is no added benefit with either.
Here is the link to Hex Pro Termite Bait System - http://www.epestsupply.com/product/26...
It's only $249 and comes with 20 Hex Pro "Sentricon" Stations and 6 "Shatter" Termite Bait Cartridges
Here is a link to the Hex Pro Label - http://www.epestsupply.com/images/Pro...
The Cartridges last until consumed by the termites, or until they become moldy or appear to be degraded. There is no time table on this. Control can be had in as little as 1-2 years, but this depends on how aggressive the termites are, the time of year, etc.
My advice? Do it yourself and Save!
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Shatter Termite Bait Cartridges are installed when termites are found in Hex Pro Stations eating the wood monitor. It normally takes only a couple of Shatter Cartridges to have an effect on the termite colony.
Hex Pro is the original Sentricon system marketed by Dow in the late 90's and early 2000's. It is a non-licensed product meaning that Dow does not require an agreement to install or maintain it. The use of Sentricon requires a licensing agreement with Dow - now Corteva, to install and maintain.
The question really becomes - do you want to do this yourself and save the labor charges, or pay a company to it for you? The difference in the cost of the two is not much. So basically for $1300 the company is making $1000 profit for doing an hours worth of work. The annual renewal they are making $250 profit for doing 30 minutes worth of work. If you are in the pest business, you need these kind of profits, especially right now with everything going on.