Even though many people use the words termite control and termite treatment interchangeably they are actually two different actions. Termite treatment entails extermination practices to eradicate an existing termite infestation. Termite control on the other hand usually refers to the prevention of this infestation in the first place.
On this site we have discussed extensively the costs associated with the best termite treatments. This article is devoted to costs associated with your options for preventing termites from munching on you home or structure in the first place.
Remember, if you have a serious infestation it is always best to consult a professional pest control expert. They can best identify the termite colony through various methods, the species of termite infestation, as well as recommend the best options available to you depending on your situation.
You can be on the look out for certain signals and evidence of the presence of termites. One of these signs to be on the look out for are discarded termite wings as well as winged termites themselves.
This is your home you are talking about so do not only consider the cost of the termite control but also the effectiveness as well as some of the other factors we have discussed.
About how much does termite control cost?
First off, we must specifiy between termite control and termite treatment prices. Typically when people talk about termite treatment they are refering to extermination of a present infestation. Termite control on the other hand typically refers to preventing an infestation in the first place. However many people use these terms interchangeably so we will touch base on both of them.
If you want to know how much it will cost to remove a current termite infestation from your home or structure it depends on several factor. I know that’s probably not what you wanted to hear but it really does with getting rid of termites as with most insect pests. Some of these factors are
* The size of the house, shed, fence, porch, or whatever else you need to get treated.
* How long the house or structure has been infested (the length of time will determine how extensive the infestation is)
* What type of termites are present (the main types are drywood and subterranean)
* How difficult it wil be for the pest control professionals to access the infested area
* The method of termite treatment or control that you opt to use
* How much the termite exterminators in your area charge (Always get at least 3 different quotes)
The method of termite control you chose
Typically a termite company will either recommend you use a termite bait system or a liquid termeticide, or a combination of both.
The non-repellant termticides will kill the termite colony slowly by contaminating worker termites with the insecticide. This type of insecticide is designed not to kill the termites immedeatley but to stay on their endoskeletons long enought that they can pass it on to eachother. Since termites are such social creatures, it will eventually make it’s way back to the Queen termite. Once she dies the colony will eventually follow since they have no way of reproducing with out her.
Some people try to go the do it yourself route. While this is attractive because of the amount of potential money you could save, it is not adviseable by most pest control experts.
You are essentially taking a gamble on your home because if you do not successefully control or exterminate the termites then the value and even the structural integrity of your home becomes at risk.
That being said, if you live in an area that is low risk to termites and you really take the time to learn how to effectively apply methods of both termite prevention, control, and treatment then I see no reason why you can’t try it yourself. If you decide to go this route it would still be a good idea to hire a professional termite inspector to do a thorough inspection on you home so you have some feedback as to wether or not you are effectively combating termites around your home.
Termites are very difficult to detect untill they have already been present in your home for around 5 years at which time their are often signs such as termite frass and termite pinholes which you can spot with the naked eye. Other than those two key signs, detecting them often requires the tools, knowledge, and experience of a pest control professional.
If your infestation is old and extensive then they may recommend a fumigation of the entire home which involves evacuating the home while it is tented (surrounded with a large tarp) and then a gaseous form of the termeticide is pumped through the house. This gets into the wood and is the most thorough way of killing termites.
As always, please share your experiences and opinions on any termite prevention tactics you have used.
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