getting rid of termites professionally?

We have Subterranean termites... Im curious to know how much it is going to cost us to get rid of them. Home is about 1500 sq ft.

4 Answers

  • Lar
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    it all depends on the area you are living...I did a bid Saturday on a home 1900 sq feet for $925, but I am drilling all the plumbing, haven't drilled that much in years...normally I would treat problem area, bath traps and the perimeter for $750 ish then $100- $125 a year to maintain

    Who ever you go with make sure they use Termidor, pretty much idiot proof. It has changed the way we can do termite work and still totally protect the home.

    Source(s): me--doing pest control for over 20 years
  • 1 decade ago

    probably around 1,500 to 2,500 dollars. Depending on where you live some companies will us a barrier method (drilling holes in foundation of house and spraying in a liquid barrier). The other option is a baiting system (Bait traps installed in yard around the home termites eat Poison bait and take it back to there colonies). Some companies use both at the same time. Price is also subject to change if they offer a warranty option.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Insert the nodes around the structure at fairly regular intervals. The system works by burying plastic nodes that are made to be attractive to foraging worker termites into the ground. The nodes all contain normal, edible wood.


    2Inspect the nodes once a month to see If they're inhabited. a termiticide poison is then injected into it.


    3When a node is found to be inhabited by termites, inject the termiticide poison into the node. As the node becomes a regular source of food, the poison spreads very quickly through the colony.

    Things You’ll Need:

    •Do-it-yourelf Termite Baiting Kit

    •Rubber Gloves

    •Small hand spade

    Tips & WarningsWhen using the outdoor nodes, it is vitally important to check them at regular intervals. If you wait too long, the termites may well have devoured all the bait before you had a chance to insert the poison.

    While this system does not work on termites that are already foraging indoors, there are nodes that you can place inside that follow the same principle. The nodes become boxes and are pre-laced with the termiticide.

    Termiticide poison is extremely toxic. Carefully read and follow instructions on label for safe use.

    In warm months, you may spot dry-wood termites when they swarm and come out of hidden infested areas.


    2Look for structural wood damage at the first-floor level, especially where the foundation meets the walls and below exterior doors. First search carefully with a flashlight. The damage may not be visible, so thump the wood with the heel of a large screwdriver and probe with a heavy-duty awl in search of hollowed-out wood.


    3Look for very small tan, reddish-brown or black droppings.


    4Inspect the foundation walls inside and out in search of mud tubes. Subterranean termites live in the soil and close to a moisture source but feed on structural wood members, which they access by building mud passageways extending from the soil to the wood.

    Confirm your suspicions


    1If you find a problem (or enough evidence to suspect one), call a professional to confirm your suspicions and discuss options for elimination, control, prevention, treating existing wood and making repairs using naturally termite-resistant or treated lumber.

    Work on prevention yourself


    1Repair any water leaks or dripping outside faucets.


    2Control roof water by correcting gutter problems. See How to Patch a Gutter Leak, How to Redirect Rainwater From a Downspout and How to Unclog Gutters and Downspouts.


    3Correct grading and other drainage problems near the foundation. See How to Troubleshoot a Wet Basement.


    4Remove or elevate all wood in direct contact with soil, such as a stack of firewood.


    5Inspect, repair or cover all foundation vents with insect screening.


    6Caulk your home's exterior to fill all cracks, especially between the foundation and house walls.

    Tips & WarningsCall in the pros for treatment and structural repairs.

    Replace white light bulbs, which attract insects, with yellow or pale-amber ones in your outdoor fixtures.

    Although any treatment should last about five years, provided there are no untreated gaps in the chemical barrier, inspections every two years are recommended.

    Know your enemy. Learn about insect behavior, their eating and nesting habits, and the signs of their presence.

    There are several brands of termite spray you can purchase for do-it-yourself termite treatment, such as, Termidor, Terro and Bonide. You can follow the link below for a site that compares prices on these products. The directions must be followed exactly as directed for at home termite use to be successful and safe. It is not recommended to treat your own termite problem unless you are a professional exterminator. Ask someone for assistance if you are not completely sure how to use a pesticide sprayer.


    2Instead, it would be best to consult your yellow pages and contact several pest control professionals in your area and ask around for the best price for your particular termite situation. It is difficult to treat all the areas in your home that may be infested with termites. It is sometimes necessary to crawl underneath a structure to reach all areas where the termites have breached.


    3Ask the pest control professional if they are up to date on the latest termite sprays that are more safe for your home. Some of the older liquid sprays are more harmful than newer sprays, such as Termidor, which contains less harmful chemicals than Termiticide.

    Tips & WarningsTo prevent termite infestation, don't stack firewood next to your home or next to wood structures.

    Remove dead trees from your yard. Termites are attracted to dead wood.

    If a neighbor or structure close to your home is having a termite treatment, it may be a good idea to have your home pre-treated, as sometimes the termites will venture to the next available structure.

    If you are having a home built, it is best to have it pre-treated

  • 1 decade ago

    Use the phone and get 3 estimates.

    Also, when someone comes to inspect, ask for recommendations on carpenters to repair the damages.

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