How Does BUGCO Estimate Termite Treatment Cost for Your Houston Area Home
What would the termite treatment cost be for your home? Factors that go into the estimate are whether you have a current termite infestation, the kinds of termites that might be invading your home, and the size and type of foundation you have. In this video, Darrell Mather talks about some of the factors that we use at BUGCO Pest Control to give you a quote for professional termite treatment. If you have any questions about Darrell’s video or you’d like to get a quote for your home, please call us at 281-240-2157 today. You can also contact us through the contact form on every page of the website, or you can use the chat box in the lower righthand corner of the site.
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Summary of the Termite Treatment Cost Video
– – So a huge concern for any consumer, me, you, anyone is how much is termite treatment cost? So let me go ahead and just cover a little bit of what’s involved in that.
Termite Treatment Cost Factor – Type of Foundation
In the Houston area, there are solid slab homes meaning that the house was built on a concrete foundation touching the soil and there are pier and beam houses or houses that are elevated off of the ground, have a crawl space that’s anywhere from accessible to inaccessible. We cannot crawl underneath them. It’s just simply not enough room.
There are other houses that have anywhere from 18 inches of clearance all the way to three to four feet of clearance. So with that, it’s very common that with the pier and beam houses, it is required that the technician be able to gain access to determine what all’s involved. Older houses have less crawl space meaning it does become a little bit more difficult for the technicians to actually conduct the inspection as well as the number of pier and beams. So the piers and the beams are what your house sits on.
So just imagine a series of columns in a grid pattern and if those pier and beams are touching the soil, the termites can go right up and they will find locations on the underside of the house and if you have say wooden floors for instance, they can start feasting or feeding on the wooden floors and then move their way over to the walls and into the structure itself whereas it’s a little bit more difficult for them with a solid concrete foundation. They may come up the edges of the perimeters.
However, with the solid concrete foundations, over time, you do get the occasional crack in the foundation as it settles. Well, that may act as an open invitation for termites as well. They only need the smallest of cracks in that foundation and they can find their way into the wall voids or the structure in bathrooms, kitchens or the inside of the house and never actually come in on the exterior perimeter. So the termites in general, they will find a way to get in whether it’s a crack in the foundation or if it’s a pier and beam, they’re being offered many different locations for points of entry. So the type of foundation, how accessible it is, and the square footage of the foundation are some of the factors we use to determine termite treatment cost.
Termite Treatment Cost Factor – Drains and Pipes Entering the Foundation
So another major concern in regards to termites and how they gain entry into the house is the pipes that are part of the drainage and plumbing, the incoming water, the outgoing sewage, things like that, those pipes were there first. Your foundation was poured around them with a lot of these older houses and some of the newer houses, they are using different techniques.
However, a concern that we’re going to have over time is that as the house settles, that concrete surrounding the pipes may have degraded, settled or just eroded and then anything from roaches to ants can find their way in. Our primary concern here is going to be termites ’cause they follow that cool pipe, that water source. It’s going to be in the ground. The subterranean termites are following this cool water source right to your house. Of course, what they’re going to find is they’re going to find a water source and wood to eat and that’s unfortunately going to be your residence or your business.
So that’s something that we have to concern ourselves with. Our termite specialist is going to want to look at those places, the underside of the home or the underside of the business if it’s a pier and beam or elevated house or places that are accessible to termites such as bath traps, plumbing areas or the accessible exterior along the foundation or the perimeter.
Termite Treatment Cost Factor – Extent of Infestation & Amount of Drilling and Trenching Involved
Alright, so we were talking about the cost involved. So with that, once we’ve determined one, is it a pier and beam home or is it a solid concrete foundation or a monolithic slab, then we want to determine the locations and the extent of any termite infestation. How can the existing infestation be treated and how can termites be prevented from entering your home.
To kill the termites entering your home we dig trenches along your foundation if you have a solid slab and around the foundation piers if you have a pier and beam foundation. The termite treatment cost factor is how much drilling or trenching is involved. If we have to trench on a solid concrete foundation then we may have to go around the entire perimeter of the house. If it has what’s known as bull rock or a French drain, we may have to use a rod to bypass all the rocks that compose this drain. So we’ll inject the soil with a termiticide (we recommend Termidor – click for the Termidor Brochure ).
Termidor bonds to the soil and it has a long lasting residual effect assuming the soil is not disturbed. We’ll have to do that with the piers and beams for elevated homes. So with this column that touches the soil, we will have to trench around the perimeter of each individual column. Some houses can be composed of 15, 20, 25 piers. Larger houses could have upwards of 100. That entire foundation has to be crawled by a BUGCO termite specialist. The perimeter of each one of those columns will have to be treated with a termiticide like Termidor.
So the termite treatment cost depends on how many columns/piers are going to be treated, how much trenching is involved, how much rodding is involved and the quantity of chemical to be used. So as a standard part of our proposal, well, we will include the type of pest being treated, the quantity of chemical, the location of the chemical, what’s to be treated and the method. So there is a standard price, but it’s based on these termite treatment cost factors and that’s going to be determined at the time of the inspection.
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Check our reviews on Yelp and the reviews and testimonials we’ve received on this website. BUGCO’s Owner is a former US Marine and many of our termite and pest control technicians are veterans. Darrell is a Navy veteran. So BUGCO offers pest control discounts to active duty military and veterans, police officers and other first responders, educators, and other worthy groups. Call us at 281-240-2157 for more information about our discount program and to arrange a termite inspection and a quote for termite treatment.