The Cost of Termite Treatment: A Comprehensive Breakdown

Annie Sisk
Written by Annie Sisk
Updated December 13, 2021
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Highlights

  • There are over 2,500 species of termites in the world, and approximately 45 species can be found in the U.S

  • Termites can do extensive structural damage to a home if left untreated

  • In a year, termites cause structural damage valued in the billions of dollars

  • Treating your home for termites is the most effective way to control the spread and prevent damage

  • On average, residential termite treatment costs between $230 and $930

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The cost of termite treatment ranges between $230 and $930, with a national average cost for treatment of $575. Your final price will depend on the type of treatment, the size of the area treated, and the type and scope of the infestation. It’s important to take a proactive approach—like, make a call to the exterminator at the first sight of a termite wing proactive—in dealing with potential termite infestations before it expands into a serious problem that’s hard to rein in. Delays simply increase your cost and the amount of damage incurred.

How Much Does It Cost to Treat for Termites per Linear Foot?

The average cost of termite treatment per linear foot ranges from $3 to $20, depending on the type of treatment you choose:

Treatment TypeCost
Chemical termiticide: A chemical pesticide agent that specifically targets termites$3 – $16 per linear square foot
Termite bait: The application of bait $8 – $12 per linear square foot
Termite tenting (fumigation): A tenting and fumigation method$5 – $20 per linear square foot
Termite tenting (heat): A tenting and high heat method$10 per linear square foot 
Termite inspection$165 on average

How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost Near You?

The average cost for termite treatment varies widely from region to region and between rural and urban areas. 

CityCost
Chicago$152
Boston$504
Seattle$217
Tucson$603
Atlanta$479
Lincoln, NE$372
Salt Lake City$320

How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost by Type?

You can choose from chemical termiticide treatment, termite bait systems, or two types of termite tenting, both of which may be less effective on underground infestations.  

Chemical Termiticide Treatment

One of the most common types of termite extermination involves chemical treatments, especially where the termite colony hasn’t directly infiltrated the structure of your home. This allows for a more targeted application and less disruption to your home and family. The average cost of termite treatment using the chemical termiticide method ranges from $3 to $16 per linear foot.

Professional exterminators use a variety of chemical termiticides alone or in combination. They first drill small holes around your home’s exterior or into its foundation then pour the termiticide into the hole. 

Termite Bait Systems

The use of termite bait systems costs between $8 to $12 per linear foot, plus additional bait if needed after the initial application. The bait method might require additional visits because the application process isn’t quite as targeted as the termiticide method. You’ll also usually need to pay for routine future visits to monitor the bait’s efficacy and keep your home protected.

Tenting

For homes that require a more pervasive approach, pros may recommend tenting your home and then treating it using either a gas fumigation or heat-based method. Tenting starts with erecting a strong, sturdy tent around the entirety of the home, then either raising the heat inside the home to a treatable temperature or infusing the home with a gas. 

Because this is the most extensive termite treatment method, it is the most expensive. You may pay a flat rate of $1,200 to $2,500 or more, depending on the size of the house, or by linear foot, around $5 to $20 per linear foot.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Termite Treatment?

The full cost of treating your home for termites depends on a number of factors that impact the scope and extent of the specific solution you choose. 

Size of the Home

If caught early, you may only need spot treatment. If the termite colony has spread considerably, the entire home may need to be tented and treated at once, which may cost $2,500 or more. Larger homes cost more to treat, especially those with multiple floors, attics, and basements that need attention. 

Type of Treatment

A professional exterminator can recommend the type of treatment most effective for squashing these determined little buggers. Some treatments are more effective on certain species, but the seriousness of your infestation will also play a role. 

Type of Termites

The cost of treating your home for termites may also depend on the type of termite infesting your property. 

  • Dampwood and drywood termites: Depending on the specific method, you may pay $225 to $2,500 to treat these termites. Baits and chemical termiticides treatments are targeted and cost-effective; larger infestations might require tenting at a higher cost. 

  • Subterranean termites: For an infestation of subterranean termite colonies (the kind that travels and connects with other colonies), expect to pay anywhere from $225 to $900. If you choose to treat the entire home along with the subterranean space, the cost may be $2,500 or more.

Level of Infestation 

Your total cost for termite treatment may also vary depending on whether you have multiple insect infestations that need to be controlled. Adding full home protection against other insects on top of the termite treatment can add another $173 to your total on average for a chemical or bait approach. These treatment methods usually do not require coverage for the entire home. 

FAQs About Termite Treatment

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How can I tell if my home needs termite treatment?

Termite elimination and protection is most effective when it takes place as soon as possible following the first signs of a termite infestation. Look for any of the following signs: 

  • Dead termites

  • Termite wings or eggs 

  • Termite frass (droppings), which may resemble ground-up coffee

  • Signs of damage in the wood of furniture or your house itself (mud tubes)

  • Discolored drywall and peeling paint

  • Buckling floorboards or tiles

  • Crumbling or rooting wood

Call a termite extermination company if any of these signs hit a little too close to home. The sooner the problem is addressed, the better your chances for eradication. 

How much does it cost to repair the damage done by termites?

Even after the expense of eradicating your termite infestation, you may have to address the damage that the swarm did to your home and your property. Commonly required repairs from a termite infestation and their average costs include: 

How can I save on the cost to treat my home for termites? 

The single best thing you can do to reduce your future costs of termite treatment is to regularly check for them today through an annual inspection contract with a local termite extermination company. 

You can also purchase specific termite protection plans to guard against the costs of future damage, which is usually excluded in most homeowner insurance policies. These termite protection policies often cover annual inspections as well as a regularly scheduled sequence of treatments in termite-active areas of your home.

When hiring a professional extermination company, look for independent reviews and ask for referrals from friends and neighbors. Finally, make sure you get an itemized quote for termite treatment in writing to avoid surprises down the line. 

What’s involved in a termite inspection?

A professional exterminator will inspect your home for signs of an infestation for $50 to $280, or $100 on average. Some larger companies may offer this service for free. 

During a termite inspection, the exterminator will walk your home, inside and out, looking for signs of termite tubes or tunnels, which indicate the presence of an active colony. 

Termites love to hide in cool, dark spaces, making it difficult for homeowners to perform an effective DIY visual inspection. Your inspector will focus on areas where termites are known to congregate, including the foundation, attic, basement, crawl spaces, areas behind heavy kitchen appliances, door frames, and edges, and inside closets and cabinets. 

How long will my termite treatment last? 

Generally, a termite treatment for your home will last one to two years. Your termite exterminator may suggest you sign up for an ongoing treatment management agreement or plan at the time of the initial treatment. However, it’s generally more prudent to wait a few months to make sure the initial treatment was effective at controlling termites in your home before committing to future treatments.

Can I treat my home for termites myself?

DIY pest control isn’t out of the question for many homeowners if you’re dealing with ants, roaches, or even mice. However, termite treatment is a different matter. In fact, it can wind up costing you even more in the long run if you don’t address the problem fully, with the resulting damage potentially costing thousands of dollars more. 

In order to properly and thoroughly remove the threat, it’s best to hire an experienced termite exterminator near you to plan the appropriate treatment. Depending on the termite species, the type of infestation, and the likely extent to which termites have spread in your home, one treatment method may well be more prudent than others. Professionals have the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to make the right call to protect your home.

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