Termite Treatment Cost- What should you expect to pay?

In this article We are going to discuss how much termite treatment typically costs.

When it comes to termite treatments one job is never the same and there are many variables that influence the overall cost of the treatment as well as which termite management system is best suited for your property.

These include:

  • The overall size of the property as well as the construction type (Eg. Concrete slab or suspended flooring , sloping block)
  • Accessibly is also a key factor is there good access underneath your property? or will access need to be created
  • The species of termites (Some termites species are more difficult to eradicate then others) this can play a factor in pricing.
  • Is it a preventative treatment or have live termites been found in your property (Generally preventative treatments are cheaper then when live termites are found in your property)

What are termites and what do they do to your home?

Termites are tiny, yellowish, somewhat translucent insects that consume rotting plant debris or decayed wood. They may dwell below or above ground, although subterranean termites are more difficult to find.

These tiny insects are serious pests because they may silently colonize the walls and foundations of your house. They cause significant structural damage without your knowledge!

When a home’s floor is exposed to water damage and decay, the walls below it can begin to collapse or buckle. In this situation, termites are attracted to the damp wood in order to feed on the rotting cellulose fibers inside. The resulting infestation weakens structural support over time, allowing the structure itself to collapse. Not only does this

What different types of termites are there?

Termite infestations are usually caused by three different varieties of termites. The degree of damage and the cost of treatment vary among these three types, with subterranean termites being the least expensive to control.

Subterranean

Termite colonies can reach depths of more than a meter and may get into your home via cracks in the exterior or foundation. They’re the most difficult to eliminate of the three termite species, but they may be the most difficult to detect and locate.

Drywood

These termites, like their subterranean counterparts, can live in a wide range of habitats. Dried wood is sufficient for them to survive. Their moisture requirements are satisfied by absorbing moisture from the environment. Because they may infest almost any sort of construction, these termites are particularly difficult to eradicate.

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites like it extremely damp and wet. They are considerably pickier than drywood termites, and as a result, they usually live in decaying interiors or wet basements.

Why do termites infest properties in the first place?

Termites infest houses for a variety of reasons. If you’re dealing with termite problems, there’s a good chance they’re the result of one or more of these factors.

Moisture Problems

During a period of dry weather, dampness might quickly invite in outside pests, especially if you live in an area that frequently gets droughts. Leaky pipes, inclement weather, and cracked roofing tiles all contribute to the accumulation of moisture in your house.When this occurs, any interior wooden framing will begin to decay. Unwanted termites are attracted to the moisture and stench of rot due to this humid environment.

Your home provides Shelter

Pests are more likely to enter homes during extreme weather, when they are most active. For example, termites may look for drier ground or extra water during flash floods or hot, dry summers.

If your home’s exterior or foundation has any fractures, it has a vacancy sign in front of it that only pests can detect. They’ll take advantage of the opportunity as soon as possible.

Decaying Wood and Moist Timbers

Unchecked decay in a wood or foundation might attract noxious insects and vermin. You may already have termites if you aren’t keeping your home well-maintained and inspecting for rot.

Exterior Cracks in Slabs or Foundations

Termite infestations typically appear on the outside of a house because it is a very efficient way for them to spread. They can also cause high heating and cooling expenses, moisture damage, molds, and other problems.Inspecting your property’s exterior and foundation may save you thousands in long-term treatment expenses and repair expenditures in the long run.

What are the different types of termite treatments ?

Stage 1 -Colony treatments

This is the treatment of a active termite infestation via the use of registered termiticide in a attempt to eradicate the termite colony attacking your property.

above ground bait
Termite bait attached to live termite activity

Above ground Termite Baiting Cost:

This involves placement of above ground bait boxes which are placed on termite activity the bait is a mix of cellulose material similar to wood as well as a insect regulator which works by stopping the termites from moulting which will end up resulting in there death of the termites colony while this treatment can take some time it is one of the most effective methods as it guarantees the death of the termite colony it is also a very environmentally friendly option

(The cost of this treatment depends on the species and other factors but usually costs from $2000 – 3500 and take anywhere from 1-12 month to eliminate the termite colony)

Termite dusting of live termites

Termite Foaming & Dusting cost:

This method involves treatment of active termites workings with the use of dusts or foams which have a delayed effect so it increases the chances of termites taking the product to the nest however unlike termites baiting this is not guaranteed but one great positive of this treatment is it is fast acting compared to other treatment options this option should never be used as a stand alone treatment and should always be followed up my a stage 2 treatment as listed below

(This option usually requires a follow up treatment 14 days after to measure effectiveness of treatment this option typical costs from $800 – 1500)

Stage 2 – Termite management systems

This is the installation of a termite management system such as a chemical treated zone or termite monitoring system to stop termites from returning to the property or as a preventative treatment to help prevent termites from entering the property.

Termite Chemical Barrier Cost:

Trenching and flooding of termite treated zone

The Termiticide is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around the external walls, footings and sub floor areas of a building. The termiticide is applied either by creating a trench or by injecting it into the ground. Because termites often use footpaths and patios to gain entry into a building, the termiticide can also be injected through these.

We allways recommend a non-repellent products are used instead of cheaper repellent termiticides as they are undetectable to termites. This means that they cannot see or smell the product and therefore will not avoid the treated area as the can with repellent products . As a result, the termites continue to randomly forage through the soil until they encounter the product . Once this happens they get a lethal dose which they transfer to other termites through there normal social behaviours.

The Advantage of these treatments is that it can provide up to 8 years physical protection and is a one of cost unlike other systems and maintenance is minimum.

(Depending on a number of factors the cost of a chemical barriers typically range anywhere from $2500- $6000)

Termite monitoring system Cost:

Installation of termite monitoring stations

External in-ground monitoring stations will be installed to perimeter of the nominated structure. These stations contain wood that is attractive to termites once they start feeding a insect growth regulator is then added. The stations are placed at an average of 3 meter intervals but will not normal exceed 5 meter intervals , at an optimum distance of no more than 1 . 5 meters from the drip line of the nominated structure and will be inspected every 4 weeks when the system is active and every 8 weeks when it is not active..This is generally sold as a 12 month program that can be renewed at the end of this period at an additional cost.The Advantage of this termite management is that it is a great environmentally friendly option

(Depending on a number of factors the typical cost of a termite monitoring system is around $3000 – 6000)

The advantages and disadvantages of using Termite Barriers versus Termite Baiting Systems

After you’ve finished treating with a non-repellent pesticide like Fipforce HP, you’ll be safe for 5-8 years. The only other cost is for a yearly Termite inspection to ensure that the treatment zone is still effective.

Service, monitoring and baiting are all required for 12 months. The servicing cost is generally $800 – $1200 each year to maintain the monitoring system. This expenditure might end up costing a home owner three times as much as a termite barrier.

This should clarify the advantages, disadvantages, and expenses of termite treatments for you if you have any queries or believe you may have been charged too much? We are delighted to assist; we give free on-site quotations and risk assessments.

Frequently asked questions about termite treatments

What is the best treatment against termites?

The answer to this question is not as simple as it may seem. There are many things that homeowners should consider when they want to know how to get rid of termites. For example, some types of treatment work better than others depending on the local climate and specific conditions as well as the construction type of your home.

Can you treat termites yourself?

Termites are a real problem for homeowners because they can destroy the foundation of your house and other structural timbers.You don’t want to have termites in your home so it’s important that you treat them as soon as possible. However, if you are not experienced with termite control, it is best to call an exterminator instead of trying to do the work yourself. If you try by yourself and fail then it could cost even more money later on which is why hiring a professional exterminator will always be the better option.

Is it worth getting a termite treatment?

Termite treatments can be expensive. However, if you’re looking to protect your home and the things it contains from pests, termites should be your main concern. They cause millions in property damage every year and can even pose serious safety risks such as accidents caused by structural damage. Whether or not it is worth paying for a treatment will depend on several factors unique to each homeowner’s situation and preference, but many people do find that they save money over time with these treatments because of all the terrible damage termites can cause when left untreated also termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance.

What ask when hiring a termite control company

  • Are they insured? do they have professional indemnity and public liability insurance?
  • How many years experience do they have in the industry specifically termites also do they have experience in a range of termite management system or can they only give you one option?
  • Does the company use sub contractors or employees?
  • Do they offer warranty’s for there termite treatment?

This article is just a rough guide on the typical cost of termite treatments in the industry also be aware costs do vary from state to state as discussed above there are many factors that determine the cost of a termite management system also beware of company’s that give quotes over the phone as a onsite meeting is needed to give a accurate idea on quotation and to determine which termite management system best suits your property.

More information about our property pest inspections and termite eradication methods

If you have any questions about removing termites and white ants from your home or business premises, contact the team at Clean and Green Pest Management for obligation free advice. We are your local Northern Beaches pest inspectors specialising in both traditional and the green pest control methods that are safe for your family and pets. Our licensed termite controllers can advise you on the safest and most sustainable ways to control and eradicate termites from your property.

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