Termite Damage Costs vs. Termite Treatment Costs
Anyone who has found out that their home is being infiltrated by termites always wants to know the cost of termite treatment. They often think it’s going to be expensive, more expensive than they can afford. But if they don’t get treatment the damage the termites can cause can be expensive also and cost more in the long run.
Termites are destructive to say the least. One termite can eat a board foot a year. A board foot is a board that is a foot long, a foot wide, and one inch thick. That’s a lot of wood for one termite. And you may be thinking but that’s a year of eating, that’s not too bad and allows time to save for the cost of termite treatment. But what you aren’t thinking about is that’s one termite. Termites don’t travel alone, they live as a colony, and colonies consist of thousands of these wood eating insects. So while one may take a year to eat a board foot, it won’t take long for the thousands to cause extensive damage to your home.
A home is one of the few things most people take pride in once they have ownership. And most people once they have one of their own don’t want to see it get damaged in any way. But termites can cause not only expensive repairs, but can cause your home to lose value. And even if the home is an investment you still lose if termites are not treated soon enough. New homes are also susceptible to termites, and this makes them difficult to sell or sell at a lower price. So although you may think the cost of termite treatment is more than you can afford, can you really not afford to get treatment?
The truth is termite treatment costs vary, and may not be as expensive as you think. There are factors that need to be considered when calculating the cost of termite treatments. Some of these factors are: the type of treatment that is going to be used, the size of the area being treated, how bad the infestation is, and the area in which you are located.
One of the treatments for termites is fumigation. This is when these pests are fumed out of the home. In fumigation treatments the home needs to be vacated for a period of time, as well as, some other preparations. Another type of treatment is a liquid chemical treatment. This is where the infested area and surrounding areas are being sprayed with a liquid killing agent. The termite treatment cost of this type of treatment is calculated by linear foot and is usually warranted depending on location. There are also monitoring and baiting systems which help control and monitor the termite activity. These systems, depending on your location, draw, capture, and kill the termites, and are usually placed outside the home. Some areas only use these systems to monitor the termites.
Although, termite treatments costs may vary, it’s not difficult to conclude that these costs don’t out way the possible termite damage costs to your home.