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Termite control shouldn't be taken lightly. Bandaid solutions may get rid of visible termites, but the rest of the nest will remain and look elsewhere for their food supply. Left unchecked, they can do a tremendous amount of damage in a short time. If you suspect termites are active around your home, you need to take steps to have them permanently removed. Only an expert termite control service can make sure your house is safe from termite damage. What are your termite treatment options? Here's what you need to know.

The Termite Control Process

Termite control is a step-by-step process that starts with a thorough inspection and detailed report. Termite reports have been standardized to ensure all termite control experts adhere to AS:3660 Termite Control in Buildings regulations. The report must include:
The areas that have been inspected Details of the findings High risk areas Inaccessible areas Other details to fill in a complete picture of termite activity and damage
Termite control reports generally cost* between $250 and $350 depending on location, ease or difficulty of access, building style and other factors. After the termite inspection, the termite control expert can recommend the right treatment for any given problem.
How Much Does Termite Control Cost?
The cost of termite control will depend on the severity of the problem. Three methods are usually used:
Direct treatment can be used on affected areas. The treatment can be applied through small piercings in walls or window frames to eradicate termites. This type of treatment starts at about $220, but a more effective treatment that uses a non-repellant method that ensures the termites are eradicated when they take the treatment back to their nests. This type of treatment costs between $350 and $650. A termite barrier can protect a house against termites for up to 8 years. The barrier is put up around the circumference of the house and will block termites from gaining access. This type of treatment costs between $2500 and $5000 and should include spot treatment in the home to eliminate existing termites. Termite baiting initially costs about the same as a termite barrier and can last for the same length of time.
Termite barriers and baiting also have ongoing costs attached to them. If you have a termite barrier, it is recommended that you have yearly termite inspections. Baiting can be more expensive because the termite bait needs to be maintained. This costs between $800 and $900 annually. Most services recommend a termite barrier using a non-repellant treatment. A repellant treatment costs about $500 less, but the termites do not take the treatment back to the nest and are not eliminated. You can discuss your options with the termite control service after they have done their inspection.
The first step towards effective termite control is to get quotes from pest control experts for an inspection. At the same time, ask the services what their charges are for the various termite control treatments. When comparing your quotes, look for a company with an established reputation in your area. If you choose a termite barrier or baiting, make sure the company carries professional indemnity insurance. The insurance is required by law for your protection.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 21 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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