Termites are easily the most damaging pests in Australia, costing homeowners an average of $7,000 for structural repair after an infestation. This is the consequence of failing to take adequate precautions in the first place. Typical termite prevention costs $2,500-4,000, roughly half the price of the damage that could be caused.

There are various kinds of termite treatments, and the final cost will depend on numerous factors about your home and the extent of the infestation. But the initial cost is most certainly worth the money to stop further damage to your home. In recent years, there have been many innovations in terms of termite treatment and the costs are far more manageable.

Termite treatment vs prevention

It’s useful to first distinguish between treatment and prevention. Prevention is all about keeping the pests out of your home in the first place usually by using a termite barrier. If you already have termites to get rid of, you’ll be looking at treatment options to remove them and then some preventative measures to keep them from coming back.

Termite barriers are often a go-to choice for both treatment and prevention. They eradicate termites even if there is an existing infestation. This is different from a spray treatment, which only targets the pests that made it to your home or structure.

The main types of termite barrier types include:

  • Reticulation termite barrier – As the latest innovation, the tiny holes in a pipe spray out a chemical repellent. Refill points at given intervals make it easy to refill.
  • Termite baiting – Every three metres, termite bait is placed that has an attractant inside. The bait is usually a round cylinder with a substance that mimics the action of decaying timber to attract the termites.
  • Physical barriers – All new homes must have these. This method uses hard collars for pipes to deny termites entry. A physical blanket is placed outside the perimeter that shows the termites as they cross over. These work in conjunction with chemical treatments.

You’ll pay between $2,500-4,000 for termite barriers that help to prevent termites. If you use termite baiting, you can pay around $800 a year to replace the bait, and these costs add up over time. The reticulation termite barrier is often preferred for this reason.

The cost of termite treatment

If you are already dealing with an infestation, you will first need to pay for treatment. This treatment is typically in the range of $300-800. This is only for a quick spray to eradicate termites in a given area. You then have to use a full termite barrier to eradicate the colony and prevent them from returning

The cost could be more depending on the severity of your infestation and what kind of insecticide you use to remove them. In some instances, the colony can be hard to locate. They can often live underneath the ground 10 metres from the house. The following table gives a more definitive idea of the cost of termite treatment:

Service Low High Average
Termite Treatment $300 $800 $500
Termite Inspection $150 $300 $200
Termite Baiting (+ ~$800 annually) $2,500 $4,000 $3,000
Termite Liquid Barrier Chemical $2,500 $4,000 $3,000

What factors affect the cost of termite treatment?

Various factors affect the cost of termite treatment, so you need to call a specialist for more details. However, all things considered, termite treatment tends to be fairly uniform. The final cost will be influenced by the following factors.

  • Extent of infestation – If you have a large and old infestation that has been busy for weeks (or even months!), then it’s going to cost more to remove them. You may also have to pay for structural repair and replacement.
  • Home design – Some homes are harder to treat than others. Houses with subfloors need specialised systems since the termites have many ways to enter as they live underground. Monolithic slabs also need specialised treatment.
  • Total surface area – If you have a large home, then you will need a large perimeter set up. A termite barrier will cost more to install, and it will also cost more in terms of labour.
  • Type of treatment – Standard spray will cost between $300-700. But a termite barrier will cost you between $2,500-4,000.
  • Chemical agent – These fall into two broad categories: repellent and non-repellents. A repellent solution can be $500 cheaper than a non-repellent, but it’s not as effective.
  • Type of termite – There are over 360 different termite species in Australia. Subterranean termites are the most problematic. Drywood termites have colonies of only 1,000 termites and need high humidity to survive. But if undetected they will still bring a structure to its knees.

How can I know if I have a termite infestation?

There are a number of telltale signs that will let you know if you have an infestation. Believe it or not, there are winged termites, and you can check for them indoors since they are attracted to lights.

Termites can often be mistaken for ants but will have straight antennae. You may also notice what are known as mud walls. Termites use these to get from the outside into your home. You may also find these on walls and support beams.

Break them open to see if you have an infestation. You will probably see white worker termites, though this will depend on the type of termite. If you see them, you have an active infestation. Check back a few hours later, and you’ll probably see that the mud walls have been repaired. Termites work fast.

If you have a physical barrier, you will see the ants crossing the sheet. The physical termite barrier is designed like this, though it also seals various areas that termites are known to get into houses through. You can also spot a termite infestation if you notice damage to wooden objects around the house. The danger is when they are munching merrily away on a core wooden structure that is not easily observed.

What is the difference between repellent and non-repellent termite solutions?

Basically, a repellent solution only repels the termites; it does not kill them. This causes them to look for another way to enter the home.

A non-repellent termite solution is ingested by the termite and kills off the entire colony, so you don’t have anything to worry about. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of non-repellent termite solutions over repellent termite solutions.

Are termite barriers really worth the money?

Of course. Termites are the number one pest in Australia. There is a reason that it is now mandatory to install termite barriers when building new houses. They cause more damage than floods, fires, and storms combined. Obviously, none of this is covered by insurance. While the $3,500 or so initial investment might seem expensive, it is 100% mandatory. You don’t want to deal with a termite infestation, and it’s better safe than sorry.

How long will the termite barriers last?

It depends on the type of barrier, but they generally last a long time. You can expect a chemical reticulation system to last 10 years without needing a replacement, though you still have to top off the chemical once in a while.

The physical barriers also last for a very long period of time, as these are often made of metal, plastic, or stone, essentially anything that the termites can’t get through. There is little to no maintenance for physical termite barriers as they consist of hard collars and strong materials.

Is there anything else I can do to prevent termites in my home?

Termites are tricky because they are not attracted to odours, water, or food. The primary item that subterranean termites look for is soil to wood contact, so you want to avoid this at all costs.

Keep soil, lumber, and vegetation away from the home and seal all points of entry. Make sure the plumbing is in good working order and use termite-resistant timber where possible. Aside from these steps, conduct an annual pest inspection.

Where can I get effective and affordable termite treatment in Toowoomba?

If you want affordable and comprehensive termite treatment, then get in touch with King Arthur Pest Control Services. With 30 years of experience and extensive qualifications in the installation of termite barriers, King Arthur can termite-proof your home so they’re no longer a problem.

You’ll have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and our products are pet-friendly, child-safe, and extremely effective.

Call now for a free quote on 0417 739 897.

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