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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We finally broke down tonight and called…The Orkin Man!  Yep, the ants were getting so bad that we both couldn’t stand it.  Not to mention, now we not only have the small, not so scary little ants, but also the larger, more scarier ants, and some large ants with wings.  When Kimm mentioned that to her mom, her response was, “Oh, that’s not good.”  Ants have now officially been spotted and killed in the downstairs bathroom, in the kitchen, in the upstairs bathroom, in one of the upstairs bedrooms, and the upstairs hallway.  We’re still not EXACTLY sure where they are coming from…possibly the attic or the crawl space under the downstairs bathroom.  All we know is that we want them GONE.

Kimm researched Orkin a bit online and found that they do an estimate and also that they use chemicals that are safe around people and animals (yay!!).  So the quote was for $190 for the initial visit and then $95 for the follow up visits (of which there are 6, one every other month).  So we agreed, even though this is WAY more than we ever wanted to spend on this.  But the guy said that we needed to have the follow up because ants hatch in different stages, or something like that 🙂  But from everything I’ve read online, it is DIFFICULT to get rid of ants from a house, so I’m glad we are going to let someone who knows about it get it done.  They are coming tomorrow between 8 am and 12 noon.

Of course nothing is ever that easy for us.  An hour after we set up the appointment, the guy calls back and says that he “misquoted” us.  Turns out the initial visit is $350, not $190.  Needless to say, I was NOT happy.  But what could we do.  We really want this done and over with.  So I reluctantly agreed.  The guy then goes on to say that he would give us a $50 discount because we were misquoted initially.  When Kimm calls her Mom to tell her all this, she thinks we may have been scammed.  So she offered to come out tomorrow when they come just to make sure that nothing else happens and to ask any questions she might think of (because her parents had this done years ago).  So I’m very frustrated right now with the unexpected money situation, but also hopeful that this will help.  My only concern is that this is a very old house and therefore there are probably innumerable cracks and crevices that more bugs can come in.  So we really should address that too.  But one step at a time.

Now I’m just going to relax for the rest of the evening and try not to think about it.  At least Orkin states they have a “money back guarantee” on their website.  I wonder what the small print on that says.  I think I’m becoming more cynical in my old age.

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