Termites are more than a nuisance; they cause serious and costly damage to your home. Once termites have infested areas of your home, it's unlikely that they will leave of their own volition as long as there is still food available. Action must be taken in order to protect your property, and that often means contracting a professional to administer a chemical treatment.
Some homeowners feel that they can handle a termite infestation on their own with the aid of chemicals purchased at a home improvement store, and while these treatments may prove to be effective for a short period of time, they may not get to the true root of the problem--and there is no guarantee of treatments that you administer on your own as there often is with a qualified, licensed professional.
Issues That Will Affect Pricing
What you can expect to pay for a termite treatment can depend on a number of factors, including the size and structure of your home, the level of infestation and the type of treatment that you wish to use. Homes with concrete slabs/foundations generally cost more due to the increased labor of drilling the concrete. Houses with larger linear/square footage will require the use of more chemicals and have longer application times, and fumigation may require that you and your family remain out of the house for a few days, adding a potential lodging expense to the cost of the treatment.
The most common treatment chosen by homeowners is the liquid chemical treatment administered by drilling holes around the foundation of the home. This type of treatment is often both quick and effective and not quite as invasive as fumigation, though it won't treat extreme infestations.
Bait treatments are used for light to moderate infestations, but are generally not quite as effective in controlling problems as the chemical treatments.
Fumigation is a very invasive type of treatment in which the home is covered by a large tent and filled with a poisonous chemical to kill the termites. The occupants often need to remain clear of the home for several days after termite fumigation. This may seem inconvenient, but fumigation is the best way to eliminate a very serious infestation of termites.
Heat treatments are a relatively new way to combat termite infestation. With a heat treatment your home will also be tented, but only to help keep control of the areas of the home that are being heated. Heat treatments can target the heaviest areas of infestation, eliminating the termites with extreme temperatures. You can usually reenter your home the same day the treatment is performed.
Though the prices will fluctuate depending upon what type of treatment you choose, here are some good figures for estimating what it will cost to get your home treated for termites in 2009:
If you live in a small home, from about 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000. If you live in a large home, from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet or more, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 or more for the necessary termite treatment.
Finding a Contractor
It's risky opting to do a termite treatment on your own, but it's nearly as risky choosing an unqualified contractor to perform your termite treatment. When choosing a contractor to perform your treatment, look for licensed and insured companies who offer a contract and guarantee. There are a number of national companies with good, long-standing relationships; it's much safer to choose one of these companies, because you know that the work you get will be reasonably priced and that the contract will be honored.
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