Okay, so, termite treatment cost – what will the damage be to your bank balance? The cost obviously depends on numerous factors, individual to each infestation. For example – the size of the infestation, the type of property, the environment around the property and the type of termites present.
Let’s look at some figures for the different types of treatment:-
Bait: Baits are laid using cylindrical containers which are placed in holes at various points round the property. Obviously, the termites are drawn to the food source – usually cardboard coated with a substance toxic to termites, they consume this “easy” meal, travel back to the nest to feed the others. Gradually the nest is killed off as more and more termites are poisoned.
Termite Treatment Cost For Bait – can vary from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the size of the property. The higher amount would treat a property of around 2,500 square feet. This treatment is on the face of it more expensive than using chemical treatments. However, it is the best solution for anyone with concerns regarding chemicals and health issues or environmental issues.
Baits may be renewed yearly but this will be an additional cost probably in the region of $400.
Chemicals: The use of chemicals can be controversial however, there are two types of chemical treatment, one acts as a barrier and prevents termites from entering or exiting your building. The second will kill termites as they try to make their way through the soil to reach their food source. Chemicals are applied having drilled holes or dug trenches around the outer perimeter of the house.
Termite Treatment Cost Using Chemicals – this will vary depending on the size of the property. The cost of termite treatment in a house of 2,500 square feet can be somewhere in the region of $3,200 whilst a smaller house of about 1,250 square feet will probably set you back anything up to $2,500.
One thing to consider for both of the above treatments – the contractor is going to have to dig down into the ground so will obviously charge a lot more if there are slabs or thick concrete to get through before the work can be started.
Heat Treatment: This is one termite treatment which can be carried out without fear of any chemicals or poisons on your property. It involves a tent being erected over the building and hot air being pumped in so that the interior of the building gets to somewhere between 140 – 150oF and the infected timbers reach 120oF.
Termite Treatment Cost For Heat Treatment – can be in the region of $2,500 for a property measuring around 2,500 square feet.
The one advantage about this treatment is that it can be targeted at individual parts of your home i.e. if you only have an infestation in a single room it can be treated in isolation – this will keep costs down. If the entire building needs treating the process will take in the region of eight hours and the residents can return to the property immediately eliminating additional accommodation costs.
Fumigation: Like heat treatment a tent has to be erected encompassing the whole house to allow gas which is lethal to termites to be circulated.
Termite Treatment Cost for Fumigation – at the higher end of the scale for a house measuring 2,500 square feet can cost as much as $3,800 and a smaller building of say 1,250 square feet around $2,500. Remember that these prices will vary if there are extra areas outside which must be treated such as wooden decked areas etc. This type of fairly radical treatment is mainly used in cases where the whole building requires treatment.
The massive disadvantage is that the residents must evacuate the building for four, possibly five days.
If you are fortunate enough to only have a small infestation there is yet another option open to you.
Microwave System and Electro-gun: as the name suggests it works on the same principle of a microwave oven i.e. it heats the wood from the inside out! About 180,000 volts are passed through a termite trail which they have created along the grain of the wood. Regrettably, this treatment is not suitable for to big termite treatment jobs. Something like a rotten door frame is the ideal size for such treatment.
Termite Treatment Cost For Microwave System and Electro-gun – with a price tag of about $1,150.
So, as you will have seen termite treatment costs can be big which is why it is vital to get the job done properly and with the necessary assurances and warranty as protection against recurring problems. If you are spending this kind of cash DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!
N.B. These prices have been obtained from various sources and have been published in good faith but, please do not take them as any more than approximations! Thanks.