LESLIE: Randall in South Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
RANDALL: I’ve been wanting to treat my house for termites.
RANDALL: That’s a big issue here in South Carolina. And I’ve checked around and there’s just so many different options and their prices vary from $350 to $1,600.
RANDALL: And then I started thinking about maybe treating my house myself.
TOM: Well, I think you should treat your termites nicely because they can do a lot of damage.
TOM: (chuckling) It’s a joke. (Randall laughs) Kidding. Listen, it’s not a do-it-yourself …
RANDALL: I got that.
TOM: It’s not a do-it-yourself project. Alright?
LESLIE: Because you can’t get your hands on the materials that you need to really be effective.
TOM: Yeah, exactly.
RANDALL: Oh, OK.
TOM: There’s some over-the-counter, so to speak, products but they’re not nearly as effective as the chemicals that the pros can use. The product that I would recommend is called Termidor.
TOM: It’s a product that’s manufactured by BASF. It’s applied by pest control operators and this is a type of insecticide that’s not detectable. And because it’s not detectable by the insects – typically the old termite treatments we would put these products in around the soil. The termites would figure out that they were there and didn’t like them so much and would try to sort of drill around it.
TOM: These new products are undetectable, so the termites plow right through and they get it on their bodies and take it back to the nest and it wipes out the whole colony that way.
RANDALL: Oh, OK.
TOM: And you can’t buy this stuff but a pest control operator can. Their website is TermidorHome.com and I think there’s a locator there where you can find an operator in your area that’s been trained in the use of the product. TermidorHome.com.
RANDALL: I appreciate. And the other thing, the question I had is – you know, they talk about these little things they put in the yard so that they can check and see if the termites are –
TOM: Yeah. (clears throat)
RANDALL: – if you have termites.
RANDALL: Is that just – is that important or is that just …
TOM: Waste of money.
RANDALL: You know, that’s why I think it was between $350 and $1,600. It just blew my mind the range of –
RANDALL: – and all the stories I got.
LESLIE: Those little units, they’re going to be so tightly congested across your yard. I mean like in the middle of your lawn.
LESLIE: So they’re going to be things that you’re apparently obvious to. You’re going to see them.
TOM: I think you’re talking about bait stations.
LESLIE: Yeah, those bait stations.
RANDALL: Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
TOM: Yeah, Termidor is far more effective than any bait station. The bait station technology is antiquated at this point.
LESLIE: And Termidor was seeing, you know, 10-year results with no return of termites in southern states in the U.S., so …
RANDALL: Well, I’m going to go ahead and get online right now. And listen, love your show. You guys have helped me through so many things.
TOM: Well, it’s our pleasure.
RANDALL: And – well, I appreciate it and thanks again.
TOM: OK, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.