Have Termites? Know What Affects The Cost Of Extermination

Do you have a termite infestation in your home? This is definitely a problem that you will want to leave to a professional exterminator to take care of. However, there are many factors that will determine how much a termite extermination will cost you. When getting quotes from various exterminators, keep these three things in mind:

The Species of Termites

With there being three species of termites out there, you may not realize that each kind can have an effect on how they are removed from a home. Of the three types, you most likely have drywood or subterranean termites in your home. The two termites look similar, but what makes them different is their behavior. A drywood termite will mainly live above ground, while a subterranean termite will live in their above ground mud tunnels or underground.

If you are able to identify what kind of termites you are dealing with, your exterminator can give you a better idea of what it will take to get rid of them.

The Extent of the Infestation

The side of the infestation will also play a big part in how much extermination will cost. If you have a very large infestation, you can expect a longer treatment time that potentially includes multiple visits from the exterminator. For a small infestation, the treatment and could be quick and easy with it only taking a single visit.

While the estimate given by an exterminator is not a guarantee, it can help give you a realistic idea of what the total cost of the extermination will be.

The Extermination Treatment Needed

Now that you know the species and size of the termite infestation, your exterminator can give you a better idea of what kind of treatment is needed. If your home is approximately 1,250 sq. ft., the cost of chemical extermination can be as high as $2,500 and take as long as five days to perform.  During that time, you'll need to stay in a hotel due to the chemicals. Heat extermination for a similar sized home, which includes tenting the home, can cost about $1,250. Bait extermination is more expensive, with it starting at $1,500.

The important thing about dealing with a termite infestation is to act fast so that the infestation does not get worse. If you notice any signs that there are termites in your home, contact an exterminator as soon as possible. The faster they act, the cheaper it will be to exterminate the termites.

Contact a company like Alta Sierra Pest Control for more information and assistance.