Health and insect experts are calling it a perfect storm of conditions coming together to create a tick population explosion - lack of acorns and the mild winter.
My favorite reason to keep the service going until you sell? It is a golden opportunity for you to show the buyer that you have taken care of the property. "We had a problem, we addressed it professionally, and we have stayed on top of it."
When you arrive at the home of one of your elderly customers, it's generally not a good sign to see a new mailbox, new shrubs, a new paint job, or a cement pad being poured for an outdoor hot tub. Sometimes they have moved in with one of their children, but not this time.
The other two reasons for our increased success: we've become much more selective with our installations, and we have our most skilled and experienced termite technicians installing the stations. Early on, we would install the stations pretty much wherever the termites had been, now we only install them in high percentage situations.
Sentricon inspections and rain just don't mix well together. You are outside for an extended period of time, often in a stationary position.
Well, I did it. I passed the exam on my first attempt, and am now an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE).