Frequently Asked Questions About Termite Control
The following are some frequently asked questions about termite control.
When should I get my house inspected for termites?
Inspection for termites and other insects should be completed every few years by a certified inspector. Many home sale contracts will require a building inspection, and a thorough home inspection should include a portion that covers the presence of pests. Termite checks should always be done if there are any visible signs of termites, the most common being tiny holes in the wood and stone of a building.
How are termite infestations treated?
There are several different methods for treating a building for termites. Chemical sprays and baits can be applied to holes that are drilled into the wood or stone of a building. Fumigation and heat processes require a large tent to be placed over the entire building. To fumigate, toxic gases are pumped into the sealed area. This extermination method takes days to complete. Heat extermination can take as little as eight hours. The home’s temperature is raised to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat extermination can also be targeted to a specific location in a building, which would not require tenting of the entire structure.
How much should I expect to pay for termite control?
A termite inspection will cost about $100 to $300, depending on the size of the building. The cost of ridding your home of termites will vary depending on how severe the infestation is. Cost of termite control will also vary depending on the size of your home and the method of extermination. Topical sprays and gels, for example, could be applied by the homeowner. Unfortunately, these chemicals only affect termites that come in contact with that specific area. An extermination expert can do a more thorough job of cleansing your home of bugs, and they can employ different chemical extermination methods. Most exterminators will charge based on the linear or square footage of the building. Homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet will cost $1,000 to $3,000 for a complete fumigation, chemical extermination, or heat treatment.