Depending on the type of extermination, accessibility and size of a structure, costs for termite treatment range from $1,200 to over $3,000 as of 2014. Chemicals, bait, fumigation and heat are all methods used to stop the damage caused by termites.
Chemical extermination starts on the low end of the price spectrum, typically priced around $1,350 to $2,500 for a 1,250-square foot home. Bait extermination begins around $1,500 and tops out at $3,000 for a 2500-square foot home. Fumigation, like the other types of extermination, has a cost based on the size of the house. For fumigation, the house is generally tented during extermination. Cost for fumigating a 1250-square foot house ranges from $1,200 to $2,500. Heat extermination, which also requires tenting of the house, typically costs $1,250 for a 1,250-square foot house.
Both bait and chemical extermination are done by drilling holes around the house and adding a liquid chemical or bait into the holes. While both are effective, baiting is more expensive and tends to be used only to prevent contamination when a house is near a lake or stream. Fumigation requires the homeowners to leave the home for up to five days, while heat extermination, a newer method, allows for same day re-occupancy. Get estimates from more than one company before proceeding with extermination to get the best deal.Learn More
Termite fumigation is safe, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides comprehensive training in use, application and measurement of chemicals used during the process. The most widely used fumigant, sulfuryl fluoride, is only used in the required amount. Regulations are in place to ensure fumigants are not toxic.Full Answer >
Signs of termite damage vary depending on the surface type affected, and appears primarily as cracks and sagging floors. Most termites feed on wood, and may cause cracks, large holes and sagging spots in wood surfaces on floors, walls and ceilings. Termites may eat through wood, causing large holes in the wood cavities, which makes wood hollow and more springy.Full Answer >
To use termite stakes, bait the stakes with food, and check the stakes regularly. Upon spotting termites, switch the food with an active ingredient that kills the termites and their nest mates. The installation process should take a few hours, and then 10 to 15 minutes each week to check the stakes for termite activity.Full Answer >
Orange oil, neem oil and borax are pet-friendly and can be used to eliminate termite infestations. Borax is generally used to treat infestations of drywood termites.Full Answer >