Orkin has informed me my crawlspace has both powderpost beetles & old house borer and the cost to treat is $1600. I wonder if this a high cost or I do not even know if the crawl space is even infected with the bugs. Or if it is can you treat yourself ? Please give me your opinion. Thank You.
If you read through our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn all you need to know about their biology, how to detect their presence and how to treat. At that point you should be able to tell if what your service company is seeing is in fact what looks to be either an active or inactive pest problem.
As for the cost you were quoted; the only way to judge fairly would be to compare them to at least two other local service companies to see what the going rate is in your region. I have worked in many urban areas of the US and during those times discovered costs could range from $500.00 to $5000.00 depending on the level of work, treatment and coverage involved. In recent times I’ve seen costs ranging in the $2000.00 range so my guess is it will prove to be fair.
Lastly, as you’ll learn from our article, you can most definitely tackle this problem yourself with the products we have listed in the article. BORACARE is one of the best materials to use whether the problem is active or not and if the size of the space involved is average compared to other homes, the cost to do it yourself will be significantly less compared to hiring a service. So the last decision you’ll need to make will be to either hire a service to treat or get the products they’d be using and do the work yourself. For many people, the labor involved is well worth the investment and since we’re only a toll free call away, you can always get good support information as needed should you decide to attempt the treatment. For most all of our customers, the decision to treat themselves turns out to be well worth their time and this is especially true with wood boring pests.
Here are direct links to the products and information mentioned above:
Powderpost Beetle Control Article: http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/powderpost-beetle-control