Do my own termite control??
Thank you for the wonderful write up on Sentricon. I have read up on the system and feel it is a great choice. I am new to this issue, but have been thrust into research due to swarmers inside my home. I have had 2 companies identify the threat and offer Sentricon as the solution. I do believe I can purchase the plan through either company and feel good knowing the issue will be resolved. My question is this, I am looking at $1300 minimum to ge the system installed and $240 minimum per year for service. I am ok with this, however, I am a huge proponent for DIY and would like to discuss this method. I see you mention the Hex Pro and it is basically the same thing, so do I DIY or not? Here are my quick basic questions. What is truely different that would keep someone like me from installing my own hex pro over the professionals installing the sentricon? What does the housing resale market say about hexpro vs sentricon? Am I money ahead in the long run by letting someone else manage the yearly costs? I completely understand the companies are not going to lose money, so the annual fee is covering them, but is the hex pro more per year in comparrison to the annual contract price? Am I missing anything about either system that could be a big gotcha? final question, if I do the hexpro and then decide later to switch to use an annual service, would I incure the full installation fee or just annual renewals?
thank you for your time
Open May 09, 2018 - 03:14 AM
May 09, 2018 - 06:55 AM
I have answered your questions below -
What is truely different that would keep someone like me from installing my own hex pro over the professionals installing the sentricon?
Sentricon is a licensed product available to professionals only. Hex Pro is the retail version of Sentricon available without a license to professionals. Both products are considered professional use. Hex Pro comes without the constraints of licensing from Dow and contains the original Hexaflumuron Chitin Inhibitor VS Sentricon that contains Noviflumuron. Both products work to kill termites.
What does the housing resale market say about hexpro vs sentricon? I am not aware of any studies on this.
Am I money ahead in the long run by letting someone else manage the yearly costs?
That is up to you. If you inspect the stations at least 2-3 times per year and replace the bait as needed, you will get the same results as a professional. The savings are obvious.
I completely understand the companies are not going to lose money, so the annual fee is covering them, but is the hex pro more per year in comparrison to the annual contract price? Considering that a case of Shatter (Bait is only $130 dollars vs $295 or so for Sentricon, Hex Pro is less. The difference is in company costs vs free labor.
Am I missing anything about either system that could be a big gotcha? You have to do it yourself and be diligent.
final question, if I do the hexpro and then decide later to switch to use an annual service, would I incure the full installation fee or just annual renewals? I don't know of any pest companies that will take over inspecting Hex Pro unless they installed them. So if you are going to do it yourself, you are stuck with it unless you go with a new Sentricon agreement. FYI - The cost for Sentricon on an average home is $350. That is paid to Dow.The rest is in labor, overhead and profit. The cost for an annual inspection is $50 paid to Dow, the rest is labor overhead and profit.
Whether you decide to do this yourself or hire a company is up to you. If you need help at any point with Hex Pro, we have free tech support.
Jul 22, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Hex Pro is a 2 step process you are correct. But you can't purchase Sentricon from me or anyone that is licensed by Dow or Corteva. If you buy it on EBAY just be informed that you are 100% buying STOLEN Sentricon from an employee who works for a licensed Sentricon installer. We are a licensed Sentricon installer and cannot resell it under any circumstances. Doing so would violate our agreement with Dow and our license would be terminated. Hex Pro is available for resale to homeowners and companies not licensed under the Sentricon licensing agreement.
Jul 24, 2020 - 07:22 AM
The Shatter bait material is compressed paper pellets. There are also only 6 per case. It will not last as long as the Sentricon Always Active stick matrix. The Always active matrix is more like cement and supposedly lasts up to 7 years once installed in the soil. The Shatter compressed paper pellets are more easily consumed by the termites but won't last more than a few months. The overall cost to include Shatter with every Hex Pro Station would increase the cost because you would essentially have to purchase 3 extra cases (6 per case). It only takes 1-2 cartridges to have an effect on the termite colony according to Dow.
Hex Pro as it sold is the best deal on Termite Baiting if you want to do it yourself. The stations need checking every few months anyway. If you just leave them in the soil, ants, slugs, sludge, grass and other elements can deem them unsuitable for termites. If you keep them cleaned out and termite ready, you have a better chance of being successful with baiting.