Having to deal with a termite infestation is incredibly annoying, and depending on the severity of the infestation, it can sometimes be a costly endeavor. The prices may vary depending on the treatment and the type of termites that are infesting your home.
Many people simply don’t have a clue about termite treatment cost, which is why the vast majority of those people decide to DIY their way out of the situation. Unfortunately, fighting against a severe infestation by yourself is usually not a great idea, mostly because you probably lack experience and proper equipment for the job. If you’re looking for an experienced crew that does termite and pest control near you, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an inspection. We will be more than happy to help fight against an infestation the right way.
How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost?
There are several factors that affect the overall cost of termite treatment, which is why the price tends to fluctuate quite a bit. However, on average, the price of these treatments ranges anywhere from $220 to $850. Furthermore, some companies will offer a per-foot price that can be anywhere from $3 to $16, depending on the type of treatment and how severe the infestation is.
Different Types of Termite Treatments
Now that we have a somewhat vague idea of the prices, it’s time to break them down and give you an idea of the types of treatments and their respective prices.
- Chemical Treatments
Chemical treatments are usually used when the infestation hasn’t yet entered your home. Since professionals use strong chemicals that are quite hazardous, they usually tend to avoid using them indoors. While you can, in theory, ventilate your home and thus seemingly solve the issue of toxic fumes and the presence of toxic materials in general, it’s not something that we would advise.
As far as the cost of chemical treatments goes, it’s about $3 to $16 per linear foot.
The fumigation technique includes the isolation of the entire home and using lethal gas to kill the pests. This is quite an effective technique, and usually, the one recommended for severe infestations. The whole process lasts up to 5 hours, and the residents are obliged to leave the house for at least 4-5 days. Naturally, any pets and houseplants count as residents in this particular case.
This technique costs more than chemical treatments, ranging from $10 to $20 per linear foot depending on the conditions. In other words, if we consider the size of an average home to be about 120sqft, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1200 and $2500 for the complete treatment.
- Heat Treatment
This is one of the preferred treatments by many homeowners since it doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, gases, and toxic substances in general. Instead, the exterminators use hot air. Furthermore, the whole process is pretty simple and usually goes smoothly every time. However, this particular technique is usually used for smaller spaces such as your bedroom, attic, or basement rather than the whole house.
With that being said, it can be used to treat the whole house, but then the process could last up to 10-12 hours. Typically, the procedure lasts for about 6 hours for individual rooms, so if you’re in a hurry and want to get it over with, heat treatment is probably your safest bet. On top of that, it’s completely organic and non-invasive. The cost of heat treatments is usually between $800 and $2500 for an average-sized home, or about $10 per linear foot.
Cost by Type of Termites
As we mentioned, the price does not revolve only around the type of treatment you opt for but also around the type of termites you’re fighting against. Here are some of the common types you might stand against, and the average costs of treatments:
- Dry Wood Termite Treatment Cost
As the name suggests, dry wood termites thrive in dry wood and can be usually found in southern and coastal areas in the United States. This particular type creates long and large tunnels that are ultimately interconnected with smaller tunnels. Depending on the method the exterminators use, the price of treatment can be anywhere from $200 to $2000. As you can tell, the price varies by a large margin, mostly because killing large colonies isn’t an easy task and requires quite a bit of expertise, time, and effort.
- Subterranean Termites
This type of termites is one of the most damage-causing on our list. This species thrives in moist environments, typically hidden in soil, basements, and cellars. They usually create tunnels through decayed and rotten wood, which are generally visible rather than hidden under the ground. Most professionals recommend chemical or bait treatments for this particular type, and the cost can be between $200 and $800 depending on several factors. If you’re looking to treat the entire home, expect a price tag of $2500 and more.
- Dampwood Termites
This is yet another type whose behavior and habits we can derive from the name itself. This type typically lives in damp and moist environments, and it can be found throughout the United States. In order to prevent or mitigate some of the issues tied to the infestation of this particular type, homeowners are encouraged to pay special attention to the humidity levels inside their house, and moisture control in general.
The cost ranges from $200 to $2500, depending on the severity of the infestation, size of your house, and method of extermination.
Signs of an Infestation
Since we’ve covered the average prices of almost every method that’s worth considering, it’s time to focus on some telltale signs of infestation and how to recognize them.
- Unusual Clicking Sounds
Termites tend to be quite noisy, especially when they are signaling danger to each other. Soldiers typically bang their heads against the wood, and even though it seems like you could never hear that due to their small size, it’s quite the opposite.
- Seeing Flying Termites Around the Premise
One of the first signs of termite infestation is the presence of swarmers. Swarmers are flying termites that have left their nest in order to find a mate and establish a new colony. Some of these winged pests are attracted to light, so keep an eye on them and don’t hesitate to call the professionals as soon as you notice these pesky creatures around your home.
- Doors and Windows are Hard to Open
Termites produce moisture when they are digging and chewing through the wood. This can cause your windows and doors to warp and, consequently, hard to open or close. While this can be caused by damp and hot weather, it’s also a pretty good sign that you’re about to discover a colony.
If you’re struggling to subdue an infestation, call us, and we’ll be happy to lend you a hand. Our team consists of talented experts who have been in the industry for years and know exactly how to deal with severe invasions of different pests!