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How much does termite treatment cost?
Whether you're dealing with subterranean termites, drywood termites or Formosan subterranean termites, Terminix uses the most advanced and effective products available in the industry and customizes your plan to best fit your needs. The cost of termite control can vary by termite type, location, size of home and more. However, you can get started with a FREE termite inspection.
Can I treat termites myself?
Termite damage costs homeowners $5 billion every year in the United States3. It’s important to take termites seriously, because the longer a colony goes undetected, the more damage it can do. Don’t risk it. Different termite types require different termite services. Terminix professionals are thoroughly trained on how to treat for termites, including properly using the products and processes required to protect your home.
How do I kill termites?
Killing termites is easier said than done. Depending on the nature of your infestation, a Terminix pest control specialist may recommend bait stations, which will be placed at strategic points around your house. Termites then carry the bait back to their colonies and spread the bait to their population. These bait stations should only be professionally installed.
How do I know if I have termites?
Termites are very small, and most of them spend their lives underground, which can make them hard to spot. However, they do leave behind tell-tale signs. If you notice any signs of termites, such as mud tubes, blisters in wood flooring, droppings (resembling sawdust or coffee grounds), discarded wings or hollow wood, you could very well have termites. Even if you don't see termites or evidence of termites, every homeowner should have their house inspected annually for termites.
How do I treat termites?
Termite treatment will depend on many factors, including the type of termites that have infested your house, the extent of the infestation, and the area of the country you live in, among other things. Termite treatment is a complicated and nuanced process best left to the professionals. Compared to professional termite treatment, DIY methods are often ineffective and can even end up costing more money than if the problem was treated immediately. Terminix offers free termite inspections, which you can schedule online today.
How do I prevent termites?
One of the best ways to help prevent termites is to hire a professional. This ensures that you have the best possible protection from termites and the damage they can cause. However, homeowners can take certain measures themselves to help prevent termites. To make your home less appealing to termites, keep your plants trimmed and away from your home, store firewood away from your house, don't let mulch come into contact with your home's foundation, and be sure to fix any leaking faucets or other instances of moisture buildup in or around your home.
“They checked everywhere including crawl space underneath the house and the roof to identify any termite and dry rot problem. We depend on their service to keep our house healthy.”
East Bay, CA November 2021
“Had termites approx 15 years ago. No other signs of termites to date.”
Byron, GA October 2021
“I have used Terminix for Pest and Termite Control for over 30 years and have always been satisfied with the service.”
Baton Rouge, LA October 2021
Termites exist in every state but Alaska. A well-organized subterranean termite colony can have more than a million hungry workers consuming over 100 pounds of wood per year. Termites never stop - they feast 24/7. They can fit through a crack as thin as 1/32nd of an inch, which is the thickness of a credit card.
Subterranean termites are the most common termite threat in the U.S. They nest in the soil below the home and travel upward to feed on the home's wood structure. This type of termite includes Formosan termites - an invading group attacking some coastal states, and they are even more damaging and threatening.
Drywood termites threaten the Southeastern, Southwestern and Western U.S., and Hawaii. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do not nest in the soil. They nest in wood - even dry lumber like the wood in your home. They can infest any part of a home from attics to walls to furniture.
The Drywood Defend System is our first-ever specialized treatment that will help prevent a drywood termite infestation. We monitor any new activity by inspecting your home and reinforcing the Drywood Defend barrier each year.
Your Terminix professional will conduct a thorough termite inspection.
Our three-part termite treatment will be applied to the interior, exterior and other vulnerable areas of your home to create a zone of protection.
We'll come back every year to inspect, provide additional termite treatment and reinforce your home's protective barrier, for as long as you keep your plan.
In order to know if you have a termite problem, you must first be able to recognize what a termite looks like. Though there are many species of termites, these insects do tend to have a few characteristics in common. Here's what to look for when identifying termites:
Termites are small insects that are usually less than a half-inch in length. These insects live in colonies with their own hierarchies. Termite colonies can vary in size, including just two termites -- a king and queen -- to a few hundred individuals. However, mature termite colonies can contain 60,000 to 1 million termites, depending on the type of termite species. These large colonies can quickly cause damage to wooden structures.
Termites eat wood for its cellulose, the most plentiful organic compound found in nature. It is the main building block of plants and found in many materials humans use every day. Termites feed on many of these materials to get the cellulose they need: plants, plant byproducts, cotton fibers (your t-shirt, for example), paper products and, of course, wood.
While termites are drawn to wood, there are other factors that may lead to a termite infestation too. Moisture around your home, cracks in and around the foundation of your house, and wood or mulch in direct contact with your house can all leave your home vulnerable to termite infestations.
Termite "swarmers" are winged termites that fly away from their colonies in search of a place to start a new colony. When termites swarm depends on the species of termite, the geographic location of the colony and weather. Eastern subterranean termites, one of the most common types of termite that infest homes in the U.S., usually swarm in the spring following rain, first in the more southern states and then further north as temperatures rise.
*Not available in all areas. If inspection is requested after 3:00pm, there may be a delay in the inspector being able to begin the inspection. Time commitment may be not be able to be honored on Saturdays and Sundays. Limitations apply.
**Offer only available for qualifying homes. Starting prices may vary based on location and size of home. Pricing based off of Basic Termite Plan and does not include the Nix & Fix Termite Guarantee. Applies to subterranean termites only. Valid for participating locations only. Not valid for existing termite customers. Limitations apply. See Plan for details.
1Treatments and Covered Pests defined in your Plan. Limitations apply. See Plan for details.
2THE NIX & FIX TERMITE GUARANTEE IS AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFYING HOMES ONLY. Applies only to subterranean termites. Not available in all areas. Limitations apply. See Plan for details.
3According to the National Pest Management Association, termites alone cause over $5 billion in property damage annually, a cost not covered by most homeowners insurance plans.
4Treatment and terms defined in your Plan. Applies only to drywood termites. Not available in all areas. Limitations apply. See Plan for details.