When it comes to calculating what the termite treatment cost will be for your home infestation, there are several variables to take into account, not the least of which is whether you are going to hire professional exterminators or a do it yourself treatment kit. In the end, the price of repairing the damage caused by termites will also need to be estimated, but for now, let us focus on the termite treatments. Here are a few of the things you will need to take into account.
First, some facts:
In most cases, a professional exterminator will cost more than a do it yourself termite treatment kit. Many people feel that the extra expense is well worth it since they will not have to handle personally, harsh chemicals. With a professional service, the initial inspection is usually free but can cost around $100 depending upon the company. A trained professional will come to your home, calculate the amount of infestation with damage, and let you know how much the project will cost before any work is started.
The cost of the treatment itself will depend upon the degree of infestation, whether the nest is in the home or another location, whether drilling, or other power tool labor is involved. If a total home treatment including tenting the structure and chemical saturation is involved, the cost could be in the thousands. All of this will be explained to the homeowner before the decision is made based upon the recommendations of the exterminator. A standard sized home fumigation without outlying structures averages $3,500 in the US.
Basic baiting for a termite problem that is caught early may only cost $300 to $400 dollars where more extensive work, such as tenting and fumigation can cost as much as $3 to $4 per square foot and take up to three days.
A home treatment can cost a pretty penny as well but the homeowner will save on the cost of labor. Kits can run from $50 for a 1.3-gallon sprayer with carpenter ant/termite chemical spray to nearly $400 for a pre-construction treatment kit that prevents an attack to begin with. These kits can be used for an infestation that is originating from a location outside the home structure. The chemicals are non-repellent so the termite or other wood destroying pest cannot detect it. The pests carry the product back to the nest effectively killing the entire hive over a period of weeks, including those already in the home.
Many companies make a do it yourself treatment kit starting at $300 that allow the homeowner to attack the infestation on several fronts and include a sprayer, wood bore and injection system, and bait control for after treatment prevention of re-infestation. One such kit, the 5-1 B & G Robco comes with long attachable sprayer nozzles to keep the homeowner as far from the chemicals as possible. The long sprayers also allow access to hard to reach areas and a soil insertion tube that helps cut down on digging in small spaces like an under the home crawlspace.
Home treatments do not include the cost of repairing structural damage cause before the infestation is discovered whereas some professional services will do this work and include the cost in the initial quote. Those that do usually do not charge for the pre-work order inspection.
Termite treatment cost is a growing concern in the US. With termite damage rising every year and the sudden emergence of the once dormant Super-Termite, Homeowners are now spending what some experts are estimating at $11 billion in damages and after-damage treatments, up from 5 billion just four years ago and $1 billion in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s. With termite treatment cost rising, more homeowners are pre-treating during the building process in order to save money later.