No one ever wants to have to deal with termites, especially considering the cost. In 2019 the average termite treatment cost is $525, but can range from $217 all the way up to $2,500. Prices vary depending on the kind of treatment you need, as well as the type of termites infesting your home. In this article, find a breakdown of the cost and kind of treatment needed to get rid of these pesky insects.
Average Termite Inspection Cost
There are signs for you to watch for if you think you might have termites. Winged termites almost always prove that there is a termite problem. Termites swarm in the spring with the warmer temperatures and more frequent rainfall. After the swarming period ends, winged termites fall to the ground, lose their wings and start looking for mates.
Other signs are pellet shaped brown droppings in small piles. Also mounds of sawdust around floorboards or baseboards or mounds of shed wings. A hollow sound when wood is tapped, or if walls appear to be sunken or rippled in appearance.
A home inspection is necessary to determine what the best type of termite treatment needs to be used.
Depending on the location and the size of the infested area, the cost of inspection may vary. Some professionals might conduct a termite inspection for free. The average termite inspection cost runs about $120, but other professionals may charge up to $350 for the inspection.
Pros will check for termites in crawl spaces, basements, floors, windows, overhead timber, behind appliances, door frames, inside cabinets and closets, corners of the rooms and attic.
A written estimate should include what the specific problem is, and the type of treatment recommended for that problem. You’ll learn how many treatments will be needed and how often, as well as which chemicals will be used and any potential hazards of them. You’ll also find out if the company will provide a warranty against any infestations in the future and how long the warranty is good for.
Average Termite Treatment Cost
The average cost of termite treatment depends on several conditions, such as, how large the area is that will need to be treated. Cost also depends on if the structure is in a dry area, or a damp area which will encourage termites to set up colonies. It will also depend on how extensive the infestation is and what type and the number of treatments needed.
Cost for a limited application termite treatment can range from $217 to $868, or $3 to $16 a linear foot. The total cost for termite treatment depends on how severe the infestation is and the linear footprint of the structure.
Types of Termite Treatments & Their Costs
There are several factors which contribute to the cost of termite treatments. This includes where the treatment area is located, how severe the infestation is, how knowledgeable the termite professional is, and what method of treatment is going to be used. Here are the different types of treatments you can get:
This type of treatment is used when there are termites throughout the entire house. The house is enclosed in a tent after which lethal gas is pumped in. It takes several hours to complete the process. All residents, pets and any houseplants have to leave for 3 to 5 days. The cost is $10 to $20 per linear foot which comes to about $1,200 to $2,500 for an average size home.
This approach is used for termite infestations that haven’t entered the home. Trenches or drilled holes are created around the exterior of the house, most often into the foundation. The professional termite exterminator will pour liquid chemicals in these trenches or holes. Treatment will discontinue when all termite activity ceases. The cost of chemical treatment is about $3 to $16 a linear foot.
Heat Extermination Treatment
Heat treatment is sometimes preferred by homeowners because it’s organic, chemical-free pest control. It can be used in a smaller space such as a bedroom, attic, or basement, or for the entire house. The process takes about 8 hours and has several steps to it. First, the home is enclosed within a tent to control the internal temperature. Then hot air is forced inside until it reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The home’s structural wood temperature is monitored until 120 degrees Fahrenheit is reached. At that temperature it will eliminate the termite colonies and their activities. After the inside temperature returns to normal, the tent is taken down the homeowners are permitted to return home. The cost for heat treatment is between $800 to $2,500, or about $10 per linear foot.
Cost by Type of Termite or Infestation
The cost of termite treatment can also be affected by the type of termite it is and the size of the infestation.
Drywood termites thrive in dry wood and are mostly found in the coastal and southern areas, particularly in Texas, Florida, California, and Louisiana. These types of termites create large tunnels that are connected by small tunnels. Some termite removal professionals will drill holes in the wood and installs a chemical gel or foam or a bait station to kill the termites. Treatment for drywood termites can average from $218 to $2,500 depending on what method is used for elimination and the location of the nest. If tenting is needed for large colonies, cost could be between $1,200 or $2,500 or even more.
This type of termite lives in moist wood and homes that have high humidity need moisture control, so a recurrence doesn’t happen. The cost is from $218 to $2,500 depending on the infestation, location, and what method of extermination is used.
These types of termites live in moist environments like soil, cellars or basements. Earth or decayed wood can house a thriving colony. They create tunnels and a grid of tubes that are visible on exposed surfaces. They’re less common in colder states although they can be found throughout the U.S. This type of termite will cause extensive damage to homes. The best treatment for these termites is baits or chemicals which are placed around the foundation or into the soil. If the termites are localized, then the cost is about $218 to $868. If the entire home is involved, then it could cost about $2,500.
Summary & Next Steps
To get rid of termites, it calls for experience and professional knowledge. Every method used for treating termites and is different. Your exterminator will need to know all about the termite species, how severe the infestation is, what method will work, and how to eradicate the problem.
When you hire a professional pest control company, a written estimate should include how much the treatment will cost and what kind of problem there is. It should state what type of method will be used to treat the termite infestation. You’ll need to know how often the treatments will be and what chemical will be used. The termite company should go over any warnings and precautions with you. There should be a warranty and a statement of how long the warranty will last.
You need to ask how long the local exterminator has been in business. What experience and training that the technicians have and if the employees of the company are bonded.
The best way to destroy a colony of termites is to hire a professional termite exterminator.