When the inspector tells you you've got termites, the first question you're going to ask is, "How can I get rid of them? FAST?" But as eager as you might be to send the winged pests on their way, you should consider your options carefully before acting. And before making a recommendation, a good termite inspector will take factors like house construction style, design, and foundation materials into account. Here are some of your termite treatment options:
Subterranean termites, which are the most common type, are tunneling insects. Liquid termiticides are planted in the various entry points of a home foundation; when termites dig their tunnels, they are exposed to the substance, which sticks to them.
When they return to their colony, other termites are exposed to the liquid. The cost of this depends on factors like square footage of house, as well as depth of foundation. Most companies measure by linear feet around the house. A ballpark price range might be anywhere from $4.50 to $7.50 per linear foot. This is another option for eradicating termites; baiting attacks termites by destroying the source, or colony. A professional places bait "stations" around the property, in areas where termite activity has been detected. The bait serves as food for termites.
Baiting is an ongoing treatment; once a colony is destroyed, service professionals will continue to inspect the bait stations to prevent another group infestation. Baiting is often a convenient option, because it can be done without entering your home. The initial cost of baiting may be higher than that of liquid, but is also affected by linear footage and foundation depth. This is a way to combat dry wood termites, which are different from the subterranean breed. With this treatment, fumigants are sprayed throughout an infected structure, including the hard-to-get areas where termites are likely to nest. This treatment can cost $30 to $45 per thousand cubic feet.