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Subject: Termites? Date: 4/8/2005 11:14 AM
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I live in termnite country, Raleigh NC.

Exactly a year ago, I had termites in the house. Called the termite control service which I have under the standard annual contract. They came, they saw, they sprayed and went away.

Last week, exactly a year later, I got a infestation again. Wings and dead termites in a corner of the living room.

Called the termite control. They show up and tell me that they can take care of that under the contract *BUT*, what I really need is the super-duper booster treatment that, of course, is not covered under the contract.

The story I got is that the builder did a strong initial treatment in 1997 and that it fades away and 8 years later, I need a "booster". $500, what the heck, I went for it.

Later, I started wondering. Did I get taken to the cleaners by a slick pest technician/salesman? Did I just buy a service that I don't really need?

If the standard annual contract guarantees that they take care of any termite issues, why do I need the super-duper treatment that is not covered?

Is this standard practice in this industry to try and scare homeowners and upsell them stuff they don't need?

Thanks, in advance.
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