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Alicia and Robert, the owners of a single-family house on Lewis Street in Hillcrest, had heard of people wearing gas masks and robbing houses while they were being tented for termites. So, they decided to pitch a tent in their front yard on May 30, next to the one covering their home.

The couple set up an awning, spread a few nice carpets, brought in a small table, a few cozy pillows, a pair of patio chairs, some beach chairs, ran a couple of extension cords, and plugged in a laptop and portable radio. A 12-pack of Dos Equis was secured under Robert's laptop and the latest copy of the Reader was at their feet.

“‘Glamping,’ I think they call it,” said Alicia.

They appeared to be enjoying themselves, although they said things get interesting around 2 a.m. when the bars let out.

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jandr June 5, 2013 @ 5:28 p.m.

They are so smart (and cool). Robberies is a big problem during tenting. The pest tenting guys don't tell you and you sign away any liability. Our house in Chula Vista was broken into. Our bagged and unopened liquor bottles, TV, small personnel items, and all our canned tuna fish--huh?--was stolen. Tent was sliced open in the rear and they crawled in through the windows we were required to leave open to allow gas to envelope the outside of the house. Pest company had no liability. I wish we knew to stay around the house.

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Steve Horvath June 9, 2013 @ 10:09 p.m.

It would be nice if the pest control company would have a security officer watch the site after they tent the place.

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