One of the first questions homeowners often ask after finding out they have a termite problem is, “how much will termite treatment cost me?”
Then, after hearing a quoted price for an inspection and subsequent treatment, folks’ next question is often, “why does termite treatment cost so much? Aren’t there cheaper options for getting rid of termites?”
This is understandable because termite control and extermination is something that most homeowners do not think about until they discover they have an infestation.
I agree, moisture plays an important role in the development and establishment of termite infestations in homes.
We live in an area where the ground water level is high. So termites are a huge issue. Every now and then I see wooden frames of our doors infested with termites. So this January we went in for professional pest treatment by getting holes drilled in the corners of the home. So far it has worked well and I don’t see any wood damage. But now I see them making colonies in our garage concrete walls! I have sprayed some chemical there, but it just doesn’t go!
I am a new home owner. I live in Chicago. My mom has been leaving the bathroom window open and everyday and I notice there are dead moths or mosquitos in the sink—we keep a nite lite in there. Well today we woke up and found a huge swarm of dead insects—I’m talking about 50 or more. They were winged and I first thought they were ants– which I have never seen a flying ant in Chicago—after reading and doing research I am 100% sure they are flying termites. On the inside of the window there is something round that appears to be a nest. Do you think that’s the nest? What should I do? I have never seen this and I’m totally freaked out. I am sort of panicking because my home is brick but has beautiful wood work inside. I think they flew in from outside and were attracted to the light–needless to say I closed the window!!
I had no idea that one of the first signs of termites is actually their droppings! I hat having bugs in my home, and have read a lot about what to do to keep them out. I hope I never find out about having termites in my home during the later stages, sounds like there’s a good chance that they can have created a lot of damage by that time.
I have a question….we have a few thousand dollar problem that is causing moisture under the house and we have termites. Does it make sense to kill the termites and not fix the moisture problem right away or do you need to eliminate the moisture problem and the termites at the same time?
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with dealing with termites. I’m a freelance pest control professional and must join in with you in recommending people who live in high threat areas for termites to get at a minimum an annual inspection. I work in Arizona and we have a heck of a time with termites here.
The second thing that I saw you recommended is to properly identify the type of termite that you are dealing with. There are different types of termites (in terms of behaviors) and they require different approaches to termite control. Worst case scenario is some type of fumigation or termite tenting, but I have successfully treated quite a few minor infestations with spot treatment tactics. Keep sharing this useful information, in my opinion way too few homeowners and rentors understand the serious threat to their property that termites pose. And, please do not make the mistake of assuming that insurance will cover termite damage. More often than not, homeowner’s insurance will NOT cover termite treatment because they consider it preventible rather than an “act of God” type of scenario.
I really appreciate your advice to get the most out of a termite treatment by getting a good idea of which structures are most affected before hand. I wouldn’t know the first thing about getting rid of these guys, but I bet almost anyone could google the signs of infestation and look for them around buildings. Then you can tell the pros exactly where to look for them in a more thorough inspection. It would also make sense to me to have the company come back a little while later to check and make sure they really are gone.
You said that sagging floors and ceilings are signs of termites. I’ll need to ask a professional for assistance when I am trying to learn about different things that I would be able to do to prevent termite infestations. Maybe I should find a professional, online, that would be able to help me learn about dealing with pests.
Termites are a problem you never see coming. By the time you’ve found them it’s often too late… at least that was the case for me. I now know that as the weather warms up, swarming termites become a serious problem. Swarming termites are groups of termites looking to establish a new colony. Don’t let your home become their base camp this. That was my mistake. I thought these winged insects in my home were just ants. I vacuumed them several years in a row when I’d see them emerging from around my windows. Turns out I had a pretty serious termite infestation and I had to get fumigation done. If I would have found hired a pest control pro earlier I may not have had to do an entire fumigation. Oh well, you live and you learn. Wish I would have found this site earlier though. I think it would have saved me some cash.
Thanks for sharing about your experience with termites. I found out I have a small infestation in my deck yesterday. I am going to have it treated in two weeks. I guess they are going to do a spot treatment. Have you heard of this type of treatment before?