The cost of treating a termite infestation is hard to pin down because the cost of treatment depends so heavily on the type and severity of your infestation. If your home’s termite infestation is limited to one small area like your crawl space, the cost will be significantly lower than if the entire foundation of your home is infested with termites.
The severity of your infestation, and therefore the cost of the treatment, can also depend on the type of termite infestation your home has. There are three main types of termites: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. While all of these termite varieties eat wood, some tend to be more destructive to homes than others.
Subterranean termites are by far the most common type of termite you’ll find infesting your home. One subterranean termite colony can contain over one million workers and can consume 100 pounds of wood per year. They can’t live in open air, so subterranean termites build tunnels beneath the surface of the wood in order to travel from nest to nest. Subterranean termites are most attracted to untreated or moist wood that touches soil.
The absolute best way to keep the cost of your termite treatment low is to get a pest control expert to inspect your home for termites at least once a year. Termites are most active during spring and summer, but they can reproduce throughout fall and into early winter as well. You should also stay on the lookout for signs of a termite infestation, so if an infestation does occur, you can catch it early and keep the cost of treatment down.
Signs of termite infestation include:
· Damaged wood. Blistering on the surface of wood can be a sign of a termite infestation, but more than likely, wood won’t show any signs of external damage if your home is infested with termites. However, it will sound hollow when knocked or tapped and be soft and easy to pierce.
· Flying swarmers. The members of a termite colony that reproduce and locate new places to build colonies are called flying swarmers. They’re winged insects that you’ll see emerging from soil and wood. Swarmers are attracted to light, so you may also see them or their cast-off wings near windows and doors.
· Shelter tubes. These are the pathways that termites build so they can travel through wood without being exposed to open air. Also called mud tubes, these tunnels are made out of dirt, wood particles, and termite saliva. You’re most likely to find shelter tubes in or near your home’s foundation walls, crawl spaces, floor joists, and attic.
Pest Authority offers expert termite control services that will make sure termites stay away from your home for good. If termites return between treatments, so do we. Our technicians will perform additional treatments at no extra charge if you see termites in your home between scheduled treatments.
Pest Authority’s 100% guarantee means you’ll never have to sign a contract, and you can cancel service any time. Our methods are backed by scientific research and years of experience in the pest control industry. Pest Authority technicians will work hard to rid your home of termites and prevent new infestations from occurring. All our technicians are dedicated to excellent customer service and will answer any questions you may have. Call your local Pest Authority location today to learn more about how our experts can help you live pest free.