Tips & Advice
Is termite treatment safe for pets?
Fumigation is dangerous to pets and humans. Liquid termicides, however, are safe to use around pets.
Does home insurance cover termite treatment?
No. Because termite infestations are considered preventable, most home insurance policies do not cover treatments or damage.
Does an entire house need to be treated for termites?
It's best to treat an entire home to ensure the termite infestation is completely eliminated. Spot treating costs less, but increases the likelihood of missed colonies. In addition, spot treatments can make a home unattractive to future buyers.
How much does it cost to eliminate termites?
The cost to eliminate termites varies depending on the method. Bait costs between $150-$300, while fumigation costs $1,300-$2,500. Heat treatment costs around $1 per square foot, so a 2,500 square-foot home would cost $2,500.
How long does it take to eliminate termites?
The length of time depends on the process used:
- Fumigation takes approximately five days. The termites die quickly, but homeowners must remain out of the house until the chemicals clear.
- Bait exterminations can take months to destroy an entire colony. The bait kills termites during the molting process. If an insect eats the bait and does not molt, it is unaffected.
- Heat extermination takes approximately eight hours and is environmentally friendly. This process heats the home to 150 degrees F.
What is the best way to prevent a termite infestation?
Use the following tips to prevent a termite infestation:
- Repair broken roof tiles, which provide an entry point.
- Use plastic boxes for storage rather than cardboard.
- Check the home for leaks and wet areas, including leaky pipes and moisture from A/C units.
- Keep wooden furniture away from walls.
- Put laundry in baskets, keeping it off the ground and away from walls.
- Keep windows and doors shut during swarming season.
- Use non-wood mulch.
- Remove old tree stumps from the yard.
What are subterranean termite swarms?
Subterranean termite swarms signal the beginning of an infestation. During warm, rainy seasons, established colonies send out a class of termites call swarmers -- winged insects that reproduce. These termites form new colonies in other wooden structures and shed their wings after mating.
What are the most common type of termites?
There are approximately 45 different termite species each of which fall into one of three main types:
- Subterranean termites cause most of the damage to American homes and are found in every state, except for Alaska. These termites live in the soil and connect their nests directly to their food sources.
- Drywood termites live in wood rather than underground. They can cause significant damage to homes, but their colonies tend to be smaller than those of subterranean termites. Therefore, it takes them longer to do as much damage
- Dampwood termites live in wood with lots of moisture, so they're rarely found in homes and buildings.
How much damage can termites do?
The amount of damage termites cause depends on the size of the colony and the amount of time they've infested the home. Collectively, however, termites cause nearly $5 billion in damages to American houses each year.
What are the most common signs of a termite infestation?
The most common signs of a termite infestation include:
- Wood that, when tapped, emits hollow sounds
- Floorboards that squeak uncharacteristically
- Damaged wood
- Buckling floorboards
- Drooping or discolored drywall
- Drywall with minuscule holes
- Mounds of drywood pellets
- Piles of small wings
- Windows or doors that are suddenly stuck
- Odd, maze-like patterns in walls and floor boards