Clark howard is talking about pest control

Clark Howard is a very popular consumer champion who is always looking out for you. If you listen to his radio show or watch him on TV it’s very difficult to come away with any other opinion except that ‘this guy knows how to save a buck and spot rip offs from a mile away. I caught this tip of his on the radio and sure enough was able to find it on his site.

Clarks subject for his tip is that sometimes frantic people infested with bugs make emotional decisions when choosing a pest control company. I agree. He goes on to talk about termite work and making sure you have a termite ‘bond’ which I assert there is no such thing. (just a minor bug-a-boo for me, no biggy) What I’m curious about however is his claim that pest control prices are “all over the map” and that according to a firm called, they found that some companies were less than 1/3 of the price of the most expensive. Now I’ve got to ask, “Is this news?” I’ve been in pest control a long long time and this price dilemma has been around way before I came onto the scene. Clark goes on to say that some of the ‘cheap’ (my word not his) companies give guarantees while some of the most expensive do not. Again, “News?” This type of thing has been going on forever and Clark Howard or not it will continue long after we are gone.

What I do not agree with Mr. Howard about is his insistence to ‘shop’ around with multiple companies. Now maybe I’m jaded because I’m in the bug business but I find that when I get into bid or shopper type quotes, these people are THE MOST confused of any potential clients I’ve ever run into. They actually get TOO much information and find themselves drowning in what everyone thinks is a simple subject but soon realize that there are many different ways companies choose to provide service and figuring out what’s best is not always so easy.

I’d like to go into it more but I’m more interested in what you have to say instead. If you’d like you could peruse these articles where I’ve explained my view point but if you would, take a minute and put your opinion of this topic down in the comment section below.

The pitfalls of 3 bids
Free inspections for pest control are not so free
Choosing the right pest control company

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Trishamonroecampbell

    My husband and I got a full repair bond years ago.  My husband died last year and my termite co. just came for our annual termite inspection.  They said that code has changed.  I paid the annual $135 for the bond (?) and they now say to have “repair bond” I would have to pay $750 more to bring the treatment up to code.  Please explain this to me.  I’m feeling skeptical.  The company is Breda.

  • The closest thing I can think of is the practice that so many companies have where they only do termite guarantees 5 years at a time. (you still have to pay for each year) then at the end of the 5 years you technically need a whole new job to have any protection. You can read more about that here.
    I’d think if you had a contract that gave you a repair guarantee they would not be able to change it unless there was a provision in the contract or if you broke some sort of disclaimer. I can tell you- I’ve not heard of any “code” at least from the termite industry side of things that would back up this claim.

    Maybe this is one for Mr. Clark Howard himself.