Our regular service technician whom we could never get to come out for a follow up for our ant problem went on vacation, his replacement showed up and told us a few interesting things about Orkin and the business Racket they are in!
#1 Orkin technicians are trained to do an inside treament that should only take app. 4 minutes, and it is really just a "buffer zone" for the homeowner.
#2 Orkin is no longer in the "pest elimination" business, they are now in the "pest Control" business.
#3 Orkin is now using the newly released chemical Termidor but listing it as Talstar on the receipt.
#4 Orkin is now trying to down-grade the half-life of the chemical Chlordane which was used in homes till the late 80's to 40 years to gain "new business" on homes that will NEVER have termites.
Okay! We want the inside of our house Treated! Not just somebody saying they did it!
Pest Control? This means that they do just enough so they can keep coming back, can't make money if there are'nt any bugs.
Termidor? if they really are using it then why does the receipt say talstar? Plus he took it out of the main chemical tank, you now the big one on the back of the truck, so i guess everyone gets it then!
The chlordane thing gets me! from what we could find out that stuff never goes away! EVER! So if your house was treated with it you'll most likely never have a termite problem. But they want you to think you will and PAY!
So we added it all up and figured Hey! we pay these people $438 a year for 6 visits! We can't get them back out here for follow-ups, we have more bug problems than ever, our regular technician is rude and we want the job done right!
We looked around on-line and found out that we can buy almost EVERY chemical that Orkin uses and spend app. $100 for a 1 year supply! And do it EVERY month too! The right way.
In summary, We feel that Orkin is pathetic! They really are "ripping you off"!!!
Martin & Annie
Wilmington, North Carolina