Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year. Nationwide, the cost for termite control measures and repairs for damage totals about $5 billion annually. This figure includes prevention methods to help reduce the likelihood of termite infestations and treatment for existing infestations.
In the U.S., the majority of termite damage to homes is caused by subterranean termites, including the very aggressive Formosan termite. There are many products designed to prevent and control subterranean termite infestations, including termiticide soil and wood treatments, physical barriers, and bait and monitoring systems. In areas where they are active, there are also prevention and treatment options for drywood termites, including direct wood treatments, fumigation and heat treatment.
Termite prevention and treatment methods are quite cost effective when compared to the cost of repairing termite damage. On average, a homeowner will spend $3,000 to repair termite damage, not including the cost of treatment to control the infestation.
How Much for Does Termite Treatment Cost?
Most pest control companies will provide a free inspection before estimating the cost of prevention and treatment methods. Termite control costs may include the initial treatment and an agreement for ongoing service. This service agreement can include periodic termite inspections; monitoring of bait systems, if applicable; and retreatment, as necessary.
Termite control costs depend on a number of variables, including:
- Type of treatment provided
- Extent of the treatment area/infestation
- Location/accessibility of the treatment area/infestation
- Size of the home
- Type of home construction
- Species of termite that has infested the home or is active in the region
When you compare quotes, make sure to review the ongoing costs associated with termite control services and renewable termite bonds. In addition, evaluate the experience and stability of the pest control companies you may choose to hire.