Termite Terrors

Sharon and Randy are in the market for a house. I went over to their place for dinner last night, and it was the talk of the table. Sharon told me that, now that her pregnancy is coming up to the 6 month mark, they’ve finally arrived at the point of wanting to move on from the old caravan. I was surprised to hear that they’ve been house hunting down in Mornington – turns out, those two are more loaded than I’d given them credit for.

According to Randy, Sharon has a thing about termite infestations – a phobia, almost. Apparently, it has something to do with the ceiling of her childhood bedroom collapsing in the wake of her parents’ refusal to treat their house’s termite problem. Randy thinks she’s going a bit overboard in her efforts to ensure that their prospective property is protected from such a fate, but Sharon won’t be swayed.

Randy told me that Sharon had spent the better part of yesterday afternoon looking up termite control services in Mornington, and had finally come up with list of options to prevent the scenario she fears (i.e. the roof of their dream home falling in on their newborn bub). It all seems to come down to arranging a pre-purchase inspection, wherein a pest control company uses thermal imaging to check for evidence of existing termite infestations, then having regular check-ups to nip any problems in the bud.

I don’t know why this is such a big deal; it all seems fairly obvious to me. Having said that, I’ve actually never had my home inspected for termites. I guess I should probably do that. Who’s good for termite inspections in the Dandenong area? While I’m on the subject, I’ve got to do something about that wasp nest outside the laundry. Maybe I can hit two pests with one stone.

Shutting Down The Flea Circus

This past weekend, I stayed in hotel down on the coast. I’m not going to mention any names, but I seriously need to vent. The place was infested with fleas! They were all over the carpet and in the bed. I like to think that I have a pretty friendly attitude toward insects, but this was pretty much horrifying, especially given the cost of the room (it wasn’t cheap).

Naturally, I made a point of telling the manager that, here in Mornington, professional pest management plans aren’t that hard to obtain. Thinking back, I might have been a little bit rude about it, but I’d been up all night swiping away parasites, so what do you expect? Anyway, although he didn’t take too kindly to my tone, he did concede that there’s clearly a flea problem on the premises and gave me a refund.

Really, though, I should take a piece of my own advice. I’ve been putting off organising a termite inspection for a good couple of months now, and as it gets closer to Christmas and the house is increasingly filled with assorted in-laws, it seems less and less like something that can readily be prioritised. I know that acting fast is the best way to deal with termites, but what can I say?

Alright, fine. I’ll make sure it gets done tomorrow. I’m not going to be like these hoteliers, putting off pest control until someone loses their cool (fun fact: it’ll probably be me). If they can come out and do the thing this week, it won’t get in the way of anything. Termite inspections in Dandenong surely can’t be in such high demand that I can’t get an appointment within the week. I guess I’ll find out.

Tomorrow, though. Not today. Today I’m chilling out at the hot springs, since I’m not much good for anything else after last night’s flea fiasco. While I’m at it, I’m stocking up on the energy I need to deal with my sister-in-law’s pointed remarks about my punch-making prowess.