Fumigation is dangerous to pets and humans. Liquid termicides, however, are safe to use around pets.
Does home insurance cover termite treatment?
No. Because termite infestations are considered preventable, most home insurance policies do not cover treatments or damage.
Does an entire house need to be treated for termites?
It's best to treat an entire home to ensure the termite infestation is completely eliminated. Spot treating costs less, but increases the likelihood of missed colonies. In addition, spot treatments can make a home unattractive to future buyers.
How much does it cost to eliminate termites?
The cost to eliminate termites varies depending on the method. Bait costs between $150-$300, while fumigation costs $1,300-$2,500. Heat treatment costs around $1 per square foot, so a 2,500 square-foot home would cost $2,500.
How long does it take to eliminate termites?
The length of time depends on the process used:
Fumigation takes approximately five days. The termites die quickly, but homeowners must remain out of the house until the chemicals clear.
Bait exterminations can take months to destroy an entire colony. The bait kills termites during the molting process. If an insect eats the bait and does not molt, it is unaffected.
Heat extermination takes approximately eight hours and is environmentally friendly. This process heats the home to 150 degrees F.