There is a saying in Phoenix Arizona which is it is not a matter of if you will get termites but a matter of when you will get them. And especially during this With the growing population in the valley of the sun and the cost of homes going up that makes you start to plan out the cost of repairs like carpet, cabinets, plumbing, electrical, etc. But most people forget to plan for termite treatment. Although Triton Pest Control cannot help you decide what flooring to put in your home, we can help you figure out the cost of your termite treatment.
How Much Does it Cost to Treat Termites?
Finding out that you have an active termite infestation can be very scary news for a homeowner. And if you have a termite infestation, you'll want to have a professional termite control company treat it. But because termite treatments are customized to your situation, there's no cut-and-dry answer to how much termite treatment costs. The cost of your treatment can vary depending on many factors, some of which include:
Size of your home
Construction of your home
However, with Triton Pest Control, one thing that is certain is that we provide your termite inspection at no cost, and then you can decide whether or not to purchase a termite agreement. And once a licensed technician has inspected your home and property, he or she will work with you to customize a plan that fits your situation and needs.
One thing to consider when considering the cost of termite treatment is the cost of the actual damage caused by the termites. According to National Pest Management each year, termites cause about $5 billion worth of damage in the United States. To further break it down, the average cost of termite treatments and damage repairs is more than $9,000
It's also important to note that termite damage is generally not covered by your homeowner's insurance. That's because termite damage is considered something that can be prevented by maintenance.
Can I Treat My Home for Termites?
Termite Treatments is not something that any untrained and unlicensed person should do When it comes to protecting your home from termites, quick and effective treatment is key. Without a professionals help you could really end up causing more damage than needed. Not to mention the time that the termites can take to cause even more damage.
DIY termite treatment could actually end up making the infestation worse. Someone who isn't trained in how to identify termites and which proper treatment method to use would likely treat the termite infestation incorrectly. And not only would that cost the homeowner time, but termites could be doing more damage to the home during that time. This could end up costing the homeowner more money in further damage and treatment costs.
However, there are some things you can do yourself in and around your home to help prevent a termite infestation from happening in the first place. DIY termite prevention methods include:
Keeping shrubbery trimmed at least 1 foot away from your home's structure
Pointing all sprinkler heads and downspouts away from your home's foundation
Keeping your crawl space as dry as possible
Using pine needles or synthetic mulch in your flower beds instead of wood mulch
Generally maintaining your home's exterior and immediately having any water leaks repaired
The tips above will help keep your home and the area around your home's structure and foundation dry, thus less conducive to termite activity. But these measures alone cannot stop a termite infestation.
How Long Does Termite Treatment Last?
Termite treatments last for several years when they're applied strictly following the label instructions. The length of time a termite treatment can last depends on many things, such as the product that was used, how it was applied, weather conditions, if the soil was disrupted, if there's any leaks in faucets, and more.
So it is possible that a house that's been treated for termites can be re-infested.
However, Triton Pest Control offers termite plans that can provide your home ongoing protection from termites and the damage they cause. These plans come with annual inspections from a trained termite control professional to look for any new signs of a termite infestation. And it's important that homeowners have these inspections completed every year, even if their home was recently treated for termites.
What is the Most Effective Treatment for Termites?
For effective termite treatment, it's recommended that you avoid DIY methods and instead hire a trained termite control professional.
Termite treatment comes in two main categories: baits and liquids. You should avoid common DIY termite treatment solutions you find online, like vinegar, rubbing alcohol and nematodes, as these methods are largely ineffective. You may have some success killing the termites you treat directly, but you will have a difficult time killing the entire colony. And during this time, the termite colony can continue to grow and cause damage to your home.
A trained termite control professional will know which method to use and exactly how to use it, based on your particular issue and home.
There are several indications that your home may have a termite problem. As a new homeowner, it's a good idea to be able to recognize the warning signs of termite activity so you can immediately call a termite control professional. Some of the most common termite signs are:
Wood damage found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more
Blisters in wood flooring
If you spot any of the signs of termites listed above, or you just want to protect your home from a potential termite infestation, Triton Pest Control can help. It all starts with a free inspection.