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first_imgTreat a new or recurring termite infestation (there-treat-only contract).Treat a new or recurring infestation and repair newstructural termite damage (the re-treat-and-repair contract). TermsThe terms and conditions of termite control contracts varygreatly among companies. It’s best to study and understand eachcontract type before selecting one.Usually, termite control contracts are renewable annually for aset number of years. Many companies offer a 5-year annuallyrenewable contract. Some provide shorter and longer terms.The term for many termite bait contracts has no maturity date. Itmay remain open-ended for as long as you keep paying the yearlyrenewal fee.The cost of the first treatment typically covers the contract fora year. At the beginning of the second year and each year afterthat until the contract expires, you have to pay a renewal fee.Each year, the contract is considered renewed and its activestatus continued only when the company gets the renewal fee. Mostcompanies may cancel the contract if the fee isn’t paid by itsdue date.RetreatmentRetreatment contracts generally require that the company returnand treat part or all of the home to get rid of a new orrecurring infestation at no extra expense, as long as the termsof the contract are met.Under a retreat-only contract, the company holds noresponsibility for damage, old or new, from a termiteinfestation. Under this contract type, repairing the damage isthe sole responsibility of the property owner.With the retreat-and-repair contract, the company pays to repairnew structural termite damage, as long as the terms of thecontract are met.Define ‘new'”New” means the damage can be documented to have happened sincethe first treatment, or the contract’s effective date.But you can’t tell from the damage when it happened. Termitescommonly infest, feed on and then leave food resources in wood.They leave only the evidence (damaged wood, soil in wood) thatthey were there at some point.So, when you make a claim against a repair contract, you usuallyhave to show that you found live termites at the site of thedamage.If you find live termites, a photo or video often helps provideproof of activity. Termite control companies may also have toverify the presence of live termites.(Dan Suiter is an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) By Dan SuiterUniversity of GeorgiaTermites cost Americans more than $1 billion each year to repairthe damage they cause and hire termite control companies to treatinfested structures.They’re in nearly every region of the United States. But they’remost abundant, and thus cause the most damage, in the Southeast.Here, in any yard in a suburban neighborhood, a residentpopulation of termites will likely be found feeding on woodenfence posts, garden stakes, railroad or landscape ties, treestumps, fallen limbs, firewood, etc.To learn more about termites’ biology, see the University ofGeorgia Extension Bulletin No. 1209, “Biology of SubterraneanTermites of the Eastern United States” (www.ces.uga.edu).Contract typesProfessional termite control firms offer homeowners two types ofcontracts. They generally state that companies will either:center_img Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 26last_img read more

first_imgFreshman utility Nadia Pavlovich opposes a defender in a domination match against the UCLA Bruins at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe USC women’s water polo team enjoyed its Senior Night festivities with a dominant 11-5 win over the UCLA Bruins. The mood at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Saturday night was bittersweet as the parade of departing senior standouts displayed just the kind of talent that the squad would soon be missing in the coming weeks. This sentiment, however, was cut short as the Women of Troy got off to a hot start over the Bruins.Prior to this weekend’s rivalry game, the Trojans and Bruins had faced off once before this season. In the mid-February championship match of the Triton Invitational in San Diego, USC managed to outlast UCLA by a final margin of 6-4. The Trojans didn’t think that victory had truly been secured until the final whistle blew, despite strong performances by junior goaltender Amanda Longan and senior driver Brianna Daboub.“It comes down to energy,” senior utility Hayley McKelvey of the team’s mentality heading into the crosstown rematch. “Our girls have been really good about focusing on the positives and letting that influence the rest of our game.”Saturday night was a much different matchup. Playing in front of an incredibly rowdy home crowd and with the Trojan Marching Band out in full force, it was clear that the team was feeding off of the energy from the stands. The team was already in peak performance with its 10-game winning streak over the likes of Stanford and Cal indicating its prowess. However, USC truly came to life in the regular season finale.“It was about focusing on the next play … what our offense would do the next possession not what [else] was going on,” McKelvey said.From the opening whistle, the Women of Troy came out active and firing on the offensive side against the Bruins. It took the squad under four minutes to draw first blood as a fast break from junior driver Courtney Fahey set up sophomore utility Maud Megens for an easy finish on net.This standard of play was replicated throughout most of the first half as the Trojans continued to press UCLA’s zone and maintain the aggressive offensive push. Megens would pick up her second score of the night after Daboub drew a penalty shot while McKelvey notched a first-half hat trick, giving USC a solid 5-1 lead at the break.McKelvey would finish the game with an impressive 5 scores, granting her 100 total goals in her USC career. But what is more impressive were the various ways in which she was able to find the back of the net. From power plays and quick passes to unbelievable shots that were lofted high over the UCLA keeper’s head or ricocheted in hard off the crossbar, McKelvey continued to raise the bar for each goal she scored on the night.In the third quarter, the Trojans sustained their only real adversity of the night when UCLA picked up back-to-back scores within a span of under 30 seconds to cut the 4-goal halftime lead down to just 2 scores. Clearly, USC felt and responded well to the pressure by scoring 4 unanswered goals before the third period ended, leaving an insurmountable 9-3 scoreline on the board.In the fourth, USC would again be efficient in their domination of the Bruins and finish off the night with an impressive 11-5 victory. While Longan stood tall in net, with a magnificent five-save performance, head coach Jovan Vavic decided to rotate through the goaltender depth. To start the fourth quarter, senior Victória Chamorro was put in net where she stopped two of three Bruin chances. As time ran down, however, Chamorro was pulled in favor of senior netminder Nicola Gonzales. Finishing off the rivalry win put a great ending on what has proven to be a rather magical season for the Women of Troy.This victory, as well as the 10 consecutive wins that preceded it, will surely propel the team forward as it prepares for the MPSF Tournament this weekend. With USC having guaranteed a bye in the first round, it will be a waiting game to see what team the Trojans will play in their first match.“We just want to keep our momentum going,” freshman driver Paige Hauschild said. “The regular season went better than we could’ve expected … ultimately [the focus is] to win the national championship.”last_img read more

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