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Termite Treatment Cost

Termite Treatment Cost

National average
$600 - $2,400
(chemical treatment of 2,500 sq.ft.)
Low: $200

(treating the foundation of a new garage)

High: $4,000

(heat treatment of 2,500 sq.ft. plus preventative treatment for 148 linear feet of perimeter)

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Termite Treatment Cost

National average
$600 - $2,400
(chemical treatment of 2,500 sq.ft.)
Low: $200

(treating the foundation of a new garage)

High: $4,000

(heat treatment of 2,500 sq.ft. plus preventative treatment for 148 linear feet of perimeter)

Cost to hire a termite exterminator varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

The average cost of hiring a termite exterminator is $600 - $2,400.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Termite Exterminator?

The easiest definition of a termite describes it as an insect that lives in large social groups and eats wood. In some parts of the world their presence is important to recycle wood and plant matter. However, when it comes to our homes, we do not want these wood-eating bugs to enter as they can eat the structure of our property compromising the stability of the house. In addition, termites will eventually target anything constructed of wood inside the home such as furnishings.

There are many ways to treat termites, and each has its own costs, depending on how the size of the infestation, where they are located, and the method used. In most cases, homes are treated by the linear foot, so a 2,500sq.ft. house with a 24’ x 50’ footprint has 148 linear feet to cover, at an average cost range of $600 to $2,400. Most homeowners spend around $1,500 on chemical treatment. Total costs are affected by the size of the house, the area to cover, the foundation type, and the extent of the infestation, meaning whether it is localized or is throughout the entire structure.

Termite Treatment Costs
Average cost$1,500
Average range$600-$2,400
Minimum cost$200
Maximum cost$4,000


How Do I Know If I Have Termites

If you find any of these signs, it may indicate that you have a termite infestation in your home:

  • Mud like tunnels: termites build mud tubes to keep them moisturized while they search for food. You may see these tubes running up your foundation.

  • Termite wings: after the termites swarm their wings fall off; this may be your only sign you have termites

  • Termite droppings: they are also called frass and are wood colored.

  • "Swarmers" or flying termites: they appear in the house at varying times depending on the species of termites. Subterranean termites typically swarm in the spring; drywood termites are not as predictable.

If you have a termite infestation then the whole house needs to be treated because termites work in colonies that quickly spread out and attack a variety of areas in your house. After a full house treatment, spot treatments can be done as follow-up in particular termite strongholds. In addition, pest control companies may not warranty their work if they do not treat the whole house.

Termite Control Cost by Treatment

There are several common treatments that professionals use: liquid termiticide, termite bait, heat treatment and fumigation.

Termite Control Costs

Termite Control Costs


Treatment TypeAverage Cost for 2,500sq.ft. Home
Micro Treatment$1,150
Liquid Termiticide$1,500
Baiting$2,000
Fumigation (Tenting)$2,220
Heat$2,500


Micro Treatment

If your problem is confined to a small area, you may be able to have a micro treatment done. This uses heat, rather than chemicals or baiting, to treat a small area before the problem spreads. It costs around $1,150 on average, and every company has different ranges for the size of the problem they can treat using this method.

Liquid Termiticide

In the case of liquid termiticide, the liquid is sprayed onto the foundation with a saturating coat to not only repel the termites, but to kill them. Newer formulas are not lethal as well as repelling; however, the liquid treatment is quite effective. This has a cost range of $4 - $16 per linear foot, with most paying around $10 a linear foot, which for a home with 148 linear feet comes out to about $1,500.

Termite Baiting Cost

The termite bait is paper, cardboard, and other wood related “food” that has been treated with a slow acting lethal substance. It is put in a tubular container and buried underground away from the structure. The termites migrate to the bait, eat it and bring it back to the nest and gradually the colony dies off. Depending on the situation, some pest control companies will use a combination of both liquid and bait applications. Baiting for a 2,500 sq.ft. home ranges from $800 - $3,200, depending on the number and type of baits, with most homes averaging $2,000, based on this size.

Sentricon is the most common method of non-liquid baiting. It does not require drilling or trenching, and the bait areas are very discreet. This is more commonly used for subterranean termites.

Termite Fumigation Cost (tenting)

Fumigation or tenting is commonly used in some regions, particularly when you have drywood termites that cannot be exterminated by using other methods. The house is typically tented for several days. A toxic fumigant is used that will kill the termites. People and pets will have to move out of the home during this process. A tight seal is placed on the house, not only to kill the termites but to keep your neighbors from getting sick. Fumigation averages $10 - $20 per linear foot 2, for a home with 148 linear feet, this would have an average cost of $2,220.

Heat Treatment

Heat treatment is another way to rid your house of termites. Your house is tented during this process to keep the heat in. The positive thing about this treatment is that it uses no chemicals. The home is heated so that the core of all the wood products reaches 120 degrees; it is then held at that temperature for 33 minutes. The treatment is effective and less toxic to the environment. People and pets will typically only have to vacate the home for a few hours rather than days. Drawbacks may come in heat damage to heat sensitive products you may have in your home. This treatment will cost about $1 per sq.ft. so a 1,600 sq.ft. house would cost $1,600, while a 2,500sq.ft. home would cost $2,500.

Labor Costs of Termite Treatment

It is important to find a reputable pest control company that you can trust. Some professionals offer a free inspection, while others charge for it. Typical inspection costs run from $120-$350, depending on the size of the house and yard. A reputable company with licensing and references will be your best choice.

The chemicals used for treatment cost on average $10 per linear foot. So, for an entire house with 148 linear feet the treatment would cost around $1,500 on average, including labor. But it also depends on the size of your yard and the severity of the infestation. The cost of an annual maintenance plan ranges between $150-$200.


Termite mound on nature background


Termite Protection Plan Cost

If you get termites once, you may get them again. Some companies, therefore, offer a protection plan that includes a yearly inspection and repeated treatments as necessary to help prevent termites from making themselves comfortable in your home. The average cost of these plans is around $1,000, which can be a savings if you have a significant issue.

Termite Prevention Cost

In some cases, you may be able to prevent termites from entering your home by applying a liquid termiticide to your home’s foundation. This has a cost of around $5/linear foot in most cases or about $740 for most homes. In other cases, you can have it added to new construction of areas like garages or outbuildings and updated yearly at a much lower cost of approximately $200 for small buildings. This can help keep a colony from taking hold and prevent a lot of damage and repair costs.

Termite Testing Cost

If you are unsure if you have termites or what type of termites you may have, have an inspection or testing done. This is a one-time visit, with a fee between $120 and $350 on average. If you choose to have treatment done after this, some companies will roll the fee into the final costs.

Types of Termites

According to Orkin.com, there are six different types of termites. Most of them need moisture and make a path to wherever the food is which frequently is the wood structure of your house and your wood furniture. Those that live underground will actually build mud tunnels up your foundation and into the wood structure. Others can live with little moisture and can be found in your attic or other dry wood places in your home. Knowing the different types may help you identify the type you have if you suspect a termite infestation:

  • Dampwood: they locate their colonies in damp, decaying wood.
  • Drywood: create colonies in wood, they need very little moisture.
  • Formosan: they nest in soil and gain contact with wood through the soil.
  • Subterranean: they live in colonies under the ground; they need moisture to survive.
  • Conehead: a drywood termite.
  • Desert: susceptible to moisture loss.

Subterranean Termites Treatment Cost

Subterranean termites are usually treated using baits, with Sentricon being the most common. Costs vary depending on how large the colony is, as well as how large the property or area that is being treated. Prices start at around $800 on average for this type of treatment.

Termite Damage Repair Costs

Treating the termites is just the first step. Killing or eliminating the termites does not repair the damage that has been done. You may, therefore, have additional costs after treatment to repair the damage. The average cost for most homeowners for repairs after taking care of the infestation is around $3,000 but can be as high as $8,000 in more extreme situations.

Can You Treat Your Own House for Termites?

There are some treatments marketed toward DIY for ridding your home of termites, but this is not generally recommended. The amount of chemicals needed is often not safe for people to apply on their own without the knowledge and safety techniques of professionals. In addition, you may not realize the extent of the problem or the proper method for dealing with the type of termites you have. Treating what you believe to be the problem, and not realizing that the colony may be larger than you first thought, may simply mean that you are delaying the inevitable and acquiring more damage at the same time.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Monitoring Stations

A termite monitoring station is a small specialized container that penetrates the ground. To monitor, you place untreated wood in the container. Inspect the monitoring stations monthly to look for the presence of termites. If termites are present, you will then trade out the untreated wood for wood treated with a slow-acting termite growth inhibitor such as noviflumuron. The monitoring stations cost about $30 each. In addition, you need to buy the bait which costs  on average $135 for a box of 6.

Annual Treatment Plan

Most pest control companies will want to get you onto an annual treatment plan ($150-$300 per year). After the initial treatment, the pest professional can check your home again and make further suggestions or take action to treat again. Spot checks and treatments will be considered in an annual plan.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Termite Reappearance. While a good treatment should last up to five years, termites can return in a couple of instances. If particularly large colonies live in your area (your yard), you will need to use monitoring stations to keep up to date with the termites. Another cause may be if the initial treatment was not a thorough coverage of the foundation. Termites are very aggressive and will do what it takes to find food in your house. It may be a good idea to have a retreatment after the first treatment to make sure every area was saturated.

  • Seasons and Infestation. Spring is the best time to detect an infestation. This is the time when termites swarm. You may see signs of wings or you may see the swarm, which is a key indicator.
  • Insurance. Insurance coverage does not cover termite-damage. Most homeowners policies will include a clause stating it specifically does not cover termite damage because they consider it preventable.
  • Location. Termites love warmer climates and high humidity. Remember, they need moisture to thrive. However, there is nowhere that is completely immune. In the US, the greatest risk of termite damage is still in the Southeast, from North Carolina to central Texas and south to the Gulf Coast and Florida, and in California. The plains are the least affected by termites.

FAQs

  • Do you need an exterminator for termites?

Yes, you should always hire a professional to deal with termites because the methods used may not be safe for DIY.

  • Are termites hard to get rid of?

Not necessarily. This depends on the colony size, type of termites, and where they are located, but most exterminators can eradicate the problem.

  • What is the fastest way to get rid of termites?

Heat treatments may be the fastest guaranteed way to treat the problem.

  • How long does termite treatment take?

This depends on the type of treatment. It may take a few hours or several days, depending on the method used.

  • How often should I treat for termites?

This depends on the type of treatment, but most maintenance plans treat yearly.

  • Is termite treatment covered by insurance?

No, not normally. It is thought that termites can be prevented with good maintenance.

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+22%
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-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
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+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
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+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
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-46%
Budd Lake, NJ
+31%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Colton, OR
-4%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hialeah, FL
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Lawrence, KS
-12%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midland, TX
-15%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Oxnard, CA
-1%
Pensacola, FL
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