The cost of termite treatments can vary. They range from a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the system chosen, the termites themselves and the severity of the infestation. Which system is most suitable depends on your property's size, construction, layout, and age, and other factors.
You’ve put it off for a while. But now you’re worried that you might have termite activity on your property. Just thinking about the costs gives you nightmares.
Relax. Even the most expensive treatment costs far less than the repairs you’ll have to make if the termites have their way with your home’s timber structures.
Depending on a number of factors, you can choose one of the following termite treatment options:
- Limited Area Termite Treatments and Colony Control: Limited Area Termite Treatments only focus on treating one small area. We use a non-repellent chemical which eradicates the termites you can see, and kills the termites in the colony via the transfer effect. This means that when termites who have come into contact with the chemical return to their nest, they expose the other termites to the chemical, who die as well. Colony control is limited in its effectiveness, because it doesn't offer protection from future termite infestation. Termites leave a pheromone trail, and without protection and monitoring, another termite colony might make its home where the previous inhabitants left off.
- Full Termite Chemical Soil Treatments (also known as Termite Barrier Treatments): A chemical barrier treatment carries a significant cost, but it lasts longer and covers the entire perimeter of your home. The chemical adheres to the soil where termites track, and provided the soil is left undisturbed, your home will have a protective 'zone' or termite barrier around the perimeter. For more information, visit our Termite Barriers page.
- Full-House Termite Bait Stations: Termite baiting systems costs the most over time as they require a professional pest technician to check them regularly, yet they are better suited for some types of homes. For more information, visit our Termite Baiting Systems page.
Whatever option you choose, you will need to find a reliable pest control company who uses quality chemicals and products. Beware of ‘cheap’ termite treatments as they just don’t do the job properly.
Here’s a rundown of the approximate costs you’ll need to lay aside for each of our custom termite treatments.
Limited Area Termite Treatment Costs
This type of treatment works only if you have a small infestation that is limited to one area. If, for example, you find signs of termites in the door frame in your back entry, we can apply a localised spray, foam, or dust into the areas where termites are active. Whether it is one skirting board or two nests and damage throughout the building, this is what we call termite colony control. It is cheaper because it is only designed to eliminate that particular colony; it doesn't have any residual or long-term protection. The problem with this treatment, however, is that termites leave a pheromone trail in the ground, making the building highly susceptible to re-infestation by another colony that detects the trail.
Although this treatment costs much less: average cost anywhere from $350 to $850, it may not eradicate the colony completely, even if we use a non-repellent chemical that the termites can take back to their nest. And, if there are a few stray termites exploring other areas nearby, there is a chance that a few of them may escape the chemical contamination of the nest and begin the process in another area of your home. Even if we succeed in eliminating the colony, the pheromone trail still leaves your building at a high risk for a further attack.
Complete Termite Barrier Treatment Costs
The best option is, of course, a complete treatment that will cover the entire perimeter of your home with an impenetrable barrier. This solution will protect a building from termite infestations for as long as eight years.
This treatment, though labour-intensive, requires that we dig a trench around your home. Then, we drill small holes through paths and slabs that create a zone. We apply non-repellent liquid chemicals on this barrier that termites can carry back to their nest, killing the entire colony.
This will cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000, but remember: Spread the cost over five years, and it’s a real bargain. Avoiding structural damage to your home—which will cost nearly X times the cost of your eight-year termite treatment, it’s the bargain of the century. The only extra cost will be for an annual termite inspection to make sure that the barrier is intact.
If termites have made it inside your home, we also recommend an additional localised treatment, just to be sure we get them all.
Homes and other buildings that lie on a flat block of land or on a flat concrete slab are the best candidates for termite barrier treatments.
Whole-House Termite Bait Treatment Costs
A whole-building bait system often costs about the same as a barrier system. The cost includes baiting and monitoring regularly for a year. Depending on the bait system and your situation, the monitoring frequency can range anywhere from every two weeks to every three months.
After that, you’ll need to pay a yearly service fee of about $800 to $1,500 to maintain the baiting and monitoring service. That, unfortunately, makes a termite bait system generally more expensive in the long run.
Homes built on a sloping block of land, split-level slab or pole homes usually do better with a whole-house bait system termite treatment.
Beware Of ‘Cheap’ Termite Treatments
You may be able to find cheaper treatments, but unfortunately, these treatments often use cheap repellent chemicals. Although the chemical repels termites from the treated area for a while, the persistent insects will be more likely to look for a weakness in the barrier, which there often is with the limitations that come with cheap termite treatment.
Furthermore, most cheap jobs use generic products that lack potency. Even worse, more often than not, the technicians get sloppy, not taking the time to replace the soil in trenched areas or not digging down to the footing on a building. These ‘cheap’ shortcuts can result in repeat infestations.
Since your insurance won’t pay for damage caused by a termite infestation, you need to do it right the first time. Save money in other areas, but don’t scrimp on termite treatments.
Make sure that the company you choose is both insured and licensed. They should do the work themselves, not outsource it out to another company. Finally, hire a company that will give you a written warranty covering their service. That’s the only way you can assure yourself of a quality termite treatment.
Unlike many ‘fly-by-night’ companies, Suburban Pest has an extensive knowledge of how termites thrive in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast areas. With that knowledge, they know what treatments work best in this climate and other conditions.
We insist on hiring only the best-trained inspectors and technicians—those who keep up their training through continuing education. It may not be the cheapest termite treatment around—but it will be a termite treatment that will last, keeping your home safe for years to come.
Hire Suburban Pest Management For Top-Quality Termite Treatment
Don’t risk hiring a termite treatment company that won’t do the job right. You’ll end up paying way more in the end for retreating or worse still, a repairs bill for damage to your property caused by an incorrectly installed treatment and a termite infestation. In the end, you will hire a real pest control professional.
With Suburban Pest Management, you get a professional pest control company with the finest pest control technicians and termite inspectors in the Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast area. We’re licensed, insured, and we guarantee our work to last.
When you’re ready to protect your home from termites, we’re here to help. For the peace of mind that comes from a guaranteed termite-free home, schedule your Free Termite Assessment with the termite control experts at Suburban Pest Management today.