How Much Does a Termite Treatment Cost?
$228 - $957
$228 - $957
Updated July 7, 2022Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
Calling a professional termite service can stop the infestation before it becomes a serious issue and the pests cause costly damage. Termites are often hard to detect until they cause extensive damage, and early inspections and preventive treatments at the first sign keep you from paying thousands in repairs. On average, termite treatment costs $589, or between $228 and $957—although you may pay up to $2,500 for whole-home treatments. Your main cost factors are the extent of the infestation and any home damage.
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|Typical Range||$228 - $957|
|Low End - High End||$70 - $1,600|
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Although you may pay $230 to $2,500 to treat termites professionally, some cost factors play a significant role in the final price. You’ll need to consider the infestation size, type of treatment used, termite species, and any repairs to the damage caused.
The size of the infestation can grow prices. Taking care of most small, localized infestations cost around $230 to $900, while significant pest issues that affect multiple parts of your home can hit $2,500 or more. Regular inspections and treatments can keep costs down.
DIY bait and chemical treatments might cost $50 total, while a professional termite tent can cost up to $2,500. Larger infestations require whole-home solutions, with possible chemical and bait post-treatments to ensure the infestation doesn't return.
You'll often pay more for subterranean species, as they're harder to eradicate with any single treatment, and tenting isn't always effective by itself since these bugs live in the ground. You'll likely need follow-up inspections or treatments.
You’ll spend an average of $3,000 on the cost of termite damage repairs. Don’t make repairs until you’ve completely dealt with the infestation, or you’ll need to fix immediate structural damage. Repairs include:
Carpentry framing repair cost: $500–$2,500
Attic insulation installation cost: $1,700–$2,100
Crawl space repair cost: $1,500–$15,000
Drywall repair cost: $300–$1,000
You’ll pay anywhere from $230 to $2,500, depending on the type of treatment and how comprehensive it is. Spot-treating with bait and chemicals costs the least, while tenting your home costs the most.
|Treatment Type||Average Cost per Linear Foot|
|Chemical||$3 – $20|
|Tenting||$5 – $20|
|Bait||$8 – $12|
|Fumigation||$10 – $20|
|Heat extermination||$10 – $20|
Local pest control pros usually take the chemical extermination approach for infestations that haven't yet permeated the home, with prices at around $3 to $20 per linear foot. Exterminators often use a combination of termiticides—such as arsenic trioxide, bifenthrin, fipronil, imidacloprid, and permethrin—and repellents to kill existing infestations and discourage regrowth.
Chemical extermination involves:
Creating trenches or drilling holes around the exterior of a home, often directly into the foundation
Pouring liquid chemicals into the holes or trenches
Performing follow-up treatments until the termite activity stops
Tenting to heat or fumigate costs around $800 to $2,500 or more, and prices may be set as a flat rate by size or around $5 to $20 per linear foot. Termite tent costs vary slightly between heating and fumigation, with heating often costing slightly less. However, both methods are effective, with one using chemicals while the other uses heated air forced into the home.
Termite tenting involves:
Covering the entire home with a tent
Fumigating or heating the area
Removing the tent after a preset time
Performing follow-up inspections and treating as needed
Termite bait systems cost around $8 to $12 per linear foot per application or visit and are often used together with chemical applications or as a follow-up treatment. The bait works by poisoning an attractive food source that the pests bring back to the colony. Pros typically charge more for placing additional baits after the initial installation.
Termite bait involves:
Drilling holes for bait
Placing bait stations around the home
Performing routine inspections and monitoring
This is a more aggressive form of extermination for activity throughout the entire house. Tenting a house to fumigate costs $10 to $20 per linear foot, or $1,200 to $2,500 for the average home. You’ll want to use this method for extensive infestations or to be completely sure the colonies are destroyed. Fumigations work best on drywood and dampwood termites.
Termite fumigation involves:
Pumping lethal gas into the tent, which takes several hours to complete
Requiring residents, pets, and plants to remain out of the home for three to five days
Including attached and some detached structures, like a patio, gazebo, or garage
Heat treatment averages between $800 and $2,500, or around $10 to $20 per linear foot. Homeowners may prefer this treatment because it's chemical-free, organic pest control and can work for the entire house or localized activity in a dining room, basement, or attic. The process takes about eight hours to one day.
Heat extermination involves:
Tenting your home completely
Forcing hot air to heat the inside air to 120–140 degrees Fahrenheit
Monitoring the air to ensure it stays above 120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 35 minutes
Taking the tent down
Termite removal prices don’t change much depending on the species but the extent of the infestation. Still, it’s beneficial for all homeowners to learn more about the termite type you’re dealing with and which treatment is most effective for your needs.
These creamy white to dark brown termites live below the ground and build tunnels—called mud tubes—up a foundation wall to the wood of the home. They're often the most destructive species, and tenting alone isn't usually a good method to get rid of them since they live belowground.
Subterranean termite treatment costs around $230 to $900 for localized problems, or up to $2,500 for the entire home. The best treatments call for chemicals or baits placed into the soil around the structure or in the foundation since they feast on wood as a food source.
Drywood termites are slightly larger than subterranean termites and don’t live in the ground. They infest dry wood throughout your home, including the attic, framing, furniture, and just about anything made of cellulose. If you see discarded wings or droppings that look like little pellets, get an inspection immediately.
Drywood termite treatment costs around $230 to $2,500, depending on their location and the elimination method. Pros place bait traps and chemicals by drilling holes into the wood, but most large colonies need tenting for approximately $1,200 to $2,500.
Dampwood termites typically don’t infest homes since they require wood with a higher moisture content than is usually found in a house's frame. They typically infest fallen trees, fences, and any wood exposed to the weather in wetter climates. Keeping deadfall and rotten lumber away from your foundation is the best method to avoid welcoming them into your home.
Dampwood termite control costs around $230 to $2,500. For localized issues, you’ll use bait or chemicals. But dampwood termites plug their holes, making them extremely hard to detect until they’ve done extensive damage. You’ll likely need to tent fumigate or heat and correct any humidity or water leakage issues.
Besides treatment prices, you’ll also want to consider inspections and bonds to avoid the additional expense of repairs to your home. Termite inspections, bonds, and warranties often save more money than they cost.
Homeowners should get inspections every one to three years, with a termite inspection costing around $50 to $280. In certain termite-prone states, often in the South, new constructions must pass a termite inspection.
Most companies offer a free initial termite inspection for current property owners. This includes looking at a home's exterior around the foundation and the surrounding grounds for pests.
Pros check these places for signs of infestation and damage:
Inside cabinets and closets
Corners of the rooms
You can purchase a termite bond for around $700 to $1,000 total or $300 to $400 yearly. It's a warranty between you and a termite extermination service to cover all the costs related to inspection and extermination of termites on your property, but actual services vary by location and contract. In infestation-prone areas, they make financial sense since they cost less than completely tenting your home and minimize or eliminate damage and the need for repairs.
Protection plans routinely involve an annual fee that includes:
Scheduled treatments throughout the year when you’ve detected termite activity
Annual re-inspection of the initial examination areas
Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding a termite infestation. Here are some tips to follow:
Seal the foundation: DIY for free or hire a local handyperson for $50 per hour to seal up all the cracks around your foundation. This can help for termites, but it also helps keep other pests, like mice and rats, out of your house.
Clear out wood: DIY for free or hire a landscaper near you for $50 per hour. Clean the area around your home of deadfall and other wood sources to keep a colony from growing nearby and potentially spreading to your home.
Use termite repellent: Termite repellent costs around $4–$12 per linear foot, and bait traps help stop infestations before they begin.
Termites cause nearly $5 billion in damage annually, most of which is preventable with inspections, early detection, and early treatment. Hiring a professional pest control company gives you more peace of mind that the termite problem is both identified and dealt with. The longer you wait, the more expensive dealing with termite problems becomes. DIY methods exist, but they're often ineffective or under-effective and can lead to reinfestation.
Before agreeing to a treatment service, homeowners should request inspections and estimates from several pest control companies. The written estimate needs to include the following details:
Number of visits and frequency
Chemicals to be used
Any warnings or precautions
What warranties are provided and their length
When comparing services, read reviews and ask the potential hire:
How long has your company been in business?
What’s the experience and training of your technicians?
Are your employees bonded?
Orkin and Terminix are two popular extermination companies with multiple service providers. Prices for both are based on the colony size and infestation. Both offer free inspections, monthly plans for general pest control, and specialized termite removal. The choice between the two often comes down to whoever is available in your area, but getting more than one inspection and quote is always a good idea.
Orkin offers the following:
Service options including liquid or foam chemicals and baits
Terminix offers the following:
Service options including liquid chemicals, baits, and tenting
Satisfaction guaranteed, depending on the area
You’ll know it’s time to get a termite inspection from a pest inspector near you if you notice any of these signs:
Tunnels in the wood
Damaged structural wood or furniture
Mud tubes from the ground to your home
Wings, eggs, or dead termites
Piles of what look like coffee grounds
On average, a termite treatment will last one to two years. Homeowners should confirm that the initial application worked before switching to a management plan. Although baits can become effective immediately after installation, it may take a few months to verify that activity in the colony has stopped.
You can treat termites yourself but often with varying levels of success. To make sure your termites are completely gone, hire a local termite exterminator. If you do it yourself, you'll need to know the correct method. When involving chemicals, it's possible to harm your health, your family members, and your pets.
Homeowner insurance policies typically don’t cover termite control because that coverage usually relates to unexpected and sudden damage, not concerns resulting from home maintenance.
You can sell a house with termites, though you’ll often need to pay for an inspection and to have the pests taken care of, along with a disclosure stating that the house has termites and related damages. Actual processes vary from state to state.