Termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes throughout the United States each year. They are a fierce adversary for homeowners in Texas. Termite infestations left to grow for years can completely destroy a house and create an unlivable environment. Why are termites so damaging? They eat wood, which means a substantial portion of the average house is vulnerable to these destructive insects. In most termite infestations in Texas, homeowners see Formosan subterranean termites, native subterranean termites, or southeastern drywood termites.
Treating termite infestations in Texas normally costs between $290 and $1,150. The average cost to treat a case of termites in Texas is approximately $500, which includes a liquid treatment around the exterior of a 2,500 sq.ft. home. For small treatment jobs, the cost is around $230 for a small property. For comprehensive termite eradication that might involve full-house tenting and a barrier treatment, Texans should expect to pay approximately $6,250 for a 2,500 sq.ft. home.
|Average Cost of Termite Treatment in Texas|
|National average cost||$500|
Termite treatments in Texas typically take one of two forms: tent or tentless. Tenting a house is when the exterminator covers the entire house with a large tent and seals it. The house is then flooded with a chemical or heat treatment, which kills the termites and other invasive and annoying species of insects. In some cases, a termite contractor might decide that tenting is not necessary and that tentless treatments like barrier treatments, spot treatments, and bait traps can treat the problem.
The cost in Texas to tent a house is $0.96 to $2.90 per sq.ft. The national average ranges from $1 to $3 per sq.ft. For tentless treatments, the cost in Texas ranges from $2.90 to $15.40 per linear foot. The nationwide average for tentless treatments is $3 to $16 per linear foot. The severity of the termite infestation is an important factor in which option offers the best results. However, both options are common in Texas. Homeowners may choose tentless treatments when they cannot risk the inconvenience of tenting, which requires the family to vacate the property for days.
|Treatment Type||Texas Average Cost||National Average Cost|
|Tent||$0.96 - $2.90/sq.ft.||$1 - $3/sq.ft.|
|Tentless||$2.90 - $15.40/linear foot||$3 - $16/linear foot|
In Texas, the cost to tent a house is based on the square footage of the home and ranges from $0.96 to $2.90. Costs are slightly less than the national average of $1 to $3 per sq.ft. because Texas has a relatively affordable cost of living. Most exterminators consider tenting for termites the most effective treatment for drywood termites. Tenting virtually always eradicates the problem, and the treatment lasts several years. Another benefit of tenting is that the results are instant, as long as the homeowner is willing to vacate the home for the duration of the treatment.
Costs for various tentless treatments in Texas range from $2.90 to $15.40 per linear foot. The national average sits at $3 to $16 per linear foot. Termite contractors have many options for tentless termite treatments. A typical treatment visit may include multiple types. Methods include liquid termiticides around the perimeter, micro-treatments in affected areas, bait systems, and barrier control systems. When a homeowner and their contractor decide on a tentless termite treatment plan, treatments often include multiple types. The contractor might place a liquid perimeter and conduct micro-treatments around the property. Tentless termite treatments are commonly used for subterranean termite infestations.
The average cost for termite treatment in Texas ranges from $0.96 to $2.90 per sq.ft. Overall, prices range from a low of $960 for a 1,000 sq.ft. cottage to a high of $11,600 for a large 4,000 sq.ft. house. The average house size in Texas is just under 2,500 sq.ft. However, that figure is influenced heavily by new construction. Older homes routinely sit around 1,500 to 1,700 sq.ft. The cost for termite treatment in Texas depends heavily on the size of the home. You can estimate your potential costs for termite treatments by multiplying the square footage of your home by the average cost of treatment.
|Square Footage||Texas Average Cost||National Average Cost|
|1,000 sq.ft.||$960 - $2,900||$1,000 - $3,000|
|1,500 sq.ft.||$1,440 - $4,350||$1,500 - $4,500|
|1,800 sq.ft.||$1,730 - $5,220||$1,800 - $5,400|
|2,000 sq.ft.||$1,920 - $5,800||$2,000 - $6,000|
|2,500 sq.ft.||$2,400 - $7,250||$2,500 - $7,500|
|3,000 sq.ft.||$2,880 - $8,700||$3,000 - $9,000|
|4,000 sq.ft.||$3,840 - $11,600||$4,000 - $12,000|
The cost for termite treatments per linear foot in Texas is $2.90 to $15.40 and is $3 to $16 nationwide. When selecting a tentless treatment option, your termite contractor will price the job according to the total linear feet required to treat the area. Calculating linear feet means measuring the total length of the treatment area and dividing it by 12. So, if your contractor treats a 144-foot perimeter around a house with liquid treatments, you are treating 12 linear feet.
Texas’s lower cost of living means average treatments cost less. Overall, treatments per linear foot will start at $290 for 100 linear feet and increase to $6,160 for 400 linear feet. If your house is relatively new and you notice the first tell-tale signs of an infestation, you might treat the termites with a tentless option. If you have subterranean termites, you will also use tentless treatments. You commonly see tentless applications included as part of routine treatment plans.
|Perimeter Size||Texas Average Cost||Average National Cost|
|100 Linear Feet||$290 - $1,540||$300 - $1,600|
|150 Linear Feet||$435 - $2310||$450 - $2,400|
|200 Linear Feet||$575 - $3,080||$600 - $3,200|
|250 Linear Feet||$725 - $3,850||$750 - $4,000|
|300 Linear Feet||$870 - $4,620||$900 - $4,800|
|400 Linear Feet||$1,160 - $6,160||$1,200 - $6,400|
One valuable option for Texas homeowners is the termite treatment contract, which helps you keep termites away from your home. Termite contracts cost from $170 on the low end for a yearly contract to $865 for a monthly contract. The Gulf Coast region of Texas is the most vulnerable to termite infestations, so it’s an option to consider if you live in a city like Houston, Galveston, or Corpus Christi. If you decide to tent your house, a yearly contract that will allow your termite company to inspect your property helps you get the most out of your tenting by making sure the termites do not return. A quarterly contract is an excellent idea when your contractor places bait traps. If you have a severe infestation that requires extensive treatment, a monthly contract with frequent visits could offer the best results.
|Frequency||Texas Yearly Cost||National Yearly Cost|
|Yearly Contract||$170 - $385||$175 - $400|
|One-Time Visit||$190 - $460||$200 - $480|
|Quarterly Contract||$230 - $540||$240 - $560|
|Monthly Contract||$635 - $865||$660 - $900|
One statistic suggests that houses in Texas have a 70 percent chance of being attacked at one point or another by termites. Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify when termites have invaded a home because they often hide under the ground or within the timbers of your home. Infestations vary from small with just a single small colony to severe, where the entire structure of your home is under threat from termites. The cost for treatment usually starts at $240 for a small infestation and increases to $6,265 for a severe infestation.
You may notice several signs indicating that you have a termite infestation. Knowing those signs helps you avoid reaching a severe level of infestation. If you ever see termite wings on the floor or termite droppings around any of the wood in your home, you could have a small or medium termite infestation. By the time you start to see wood swelling and significant damage to the wood in your home, you are experiencing a severe infestation and require help immediately.
|Size of Infestation||Texas Average Cost||National Average Cost|
|Small||$240 - $1,155||$250 - $1,200|
|Medium||$385 - $1,445||$400 - $1,500|
|Large||$1,155 - $4,335||$1,200 - $4,500|
|Severe||$1,155 - $6,265||$1,200 - $6,500|
Treating different types of termites in Texas ranges from $240 on the low side for subterranean and Formosan termites to a high of $6,250 for drywood termites and some severe infestations of Formosan termites. Formosan termites are considered a third kind of termite in Texas because of how common they are. Also, they are one of the most aggressive and are considered to be a type of subterranean termite. Nationally, those figures range from $250 to $6,500. Although they are present in other states, dampwood termites are not normally a concern for Texas homeowners. However, you will find those insects in other termite hotspots like Florida and California. Unfortunately, Texas is home to destructive and invasive Formosan termites. According to data from Texas A&M, the termites are an incredibly fierce adversary for Texas homeowners.
Formosan termites feast in every season while other termites slow down when they are not feeding young. They have been known to chew through non-cellulose (wood) materials like soft metals and plastics. Treating non-invasive subterranean termites usually requires a variety of tentless termite treatments. Meanwhile, drywood termites are often fought with tenting. That is why you see higher rates for drywood termite removal than subterranean termite removal.
|Type||Texas Average Cost||National Average Cost|
|Subterranean||$240 - $1,450||$250 - $1,500|
|Formosan||$240 - $1,450||$250 - $1,500|
|Drywood||$965 - $6,250||$1,000 - $6,500|
A termite inspection is one of the best ways to fight an infestation before it overwhelms your Texas home. Since most Texas homes will have termites eventually, a yearly inspection costing $75 to $150 is an excellent investment. A termite inspection should only take a few hours at most. The inspector looks closely at the interior and around the exterior of your home. If you sign a termite treatment contract, you will not pay another fee for an inspection since the contract already includes an inspection with each visit.
The inspector will look through your closets, inspect the baseboards, and examine the attic space. The inspector will look for small pieces of evidence of termites, like holes in wooden beams, termite droppings, or other severe signs like warped and rotting wood. You will receive a recommendation for treatment based on the inspection results. If there is any evidence of an infestation, swift action is recommended to prevent it from spreading.
In between your yearly inspections, watch for evidence of termites. You might find evidence of termites during the swarming season, which lasts from February to May for subterranean termites. Drywood termites typically swarm at night in the late spring. You might see disembodied wings during swarming season, which is a sign termites have invaded your home. Also, keep an eye out for other physical evidence, like droppings on the floor near baseboards. If you notice warped wood or the walls starting to crack, you could have a severe infestation.
Termite treatment schedules depend on the type of treatment you choose. When you tent your house, you should not need to treat the home for at least five years. However, regular inspections after tenting are valuable. When your termite contractor employs various tentless treatments, you may want to arrange for more frequent visits than once a year. Quarterly visits for treatments are helpful when you have bait traps. If you receive spot treatments, you could benefit from a monthly contract, which helps you avoid a large infestation.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent termites completely in your Texas home. They are a pervasive insect and a menace you need to look out for regularly. The best way to prevent termites in Texas is to conduct regular searches of your home and hire an inspector to look at your home at least once a year. Termites are also lured by wood, so removing rotting or unused piles of wood near your home helps keep your home termite-free. It is also easier to see termites or evidence of them when your home is clean.
A termite bond is a contract where a termite company agrees to treat your home when and if they find termites within the stated length of the contract. A termite bond helps you with a reinfestation of termites after your termite company performs a comprehensive termite treatment of your home. A termite bond is different from a monthly, quarterly, or yearly contract because a bond guarantees that the termites will be treated if they return. Expect to pay from $480 to $960 for a termite bond.
Termites are a threat across the south, and they’re very common in Texas. The majority of homes do or will have termites. They are particularly common near the Gulf Coast. Regular termite inspections are highly recommended for all Texas residents.
Termites commonly swarm when it is warm and has rained recently. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring and fall. Drywood termites swarm in the spring and summer. Unusually warm or wet weather causes them to swarm outside those norms.
Texas homeowners may need tenting treatments, non-tenting treatments, or a combination of both to fight their termite infestation. While tenting is the most effective option for drywood termites, some subterranean infestations benefit from tenting, too. Each treatment option has its benefits and uses for certain infestations. The best route will always be the one that the termite treatment company suggests.
It is unnecessary to buy a termite bond in Texas, but you may find yearly inspections worth their weight in gold. Termite contracts help maintain a termite-free environment.