Northern Utah residents. Call us at 801-296-5960 if you would like a free termite inspection for your home.
*Inspections are free. If you need official documentation the NPMA-33 form is $75,00 in Davis & Salt Lake counties, $85.00 in Weber & Utah counties and $125.00 in Summit & Tooele counties.
Termite treatment prices in northern Utah may range from $600.00 to $1500.00. Variables will include the linear square feet to be treated and other factors such as the extent of the infestation in the structure and how much drilling may need to take place in both walls and floors to inject the termiticide.
If you are considering DIY (do it yourself termite treatment) aka treating for termites yourself you will need to spend a lot of time and research preparing to do so. You may find it challenging to obtain both the equipment and chemicals needed to do the job correctly.
Contrary to popular belief termites are a problem along the Wasatch Front. We are considered to have moderate termite pressure in this area. Along the Wasatch Front we deal with the species known as the Western Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes hesperus). The term subterranean is used to specify the location of colonies which are typically located underneath the soil surface anywhere from a few inches to a few feet. This species of termite can be found clear up into southern Canada.
These termites will feed on anything that is cellulose based which is what wood is comprised of. Termites may be found feeding on wood beams, cardboard boxes, the paper attached to sheet rock and a number of other sources in a structure. There is an increased probability for feeding on any of these items if they are exposed to moisture.
The history of treatment for termites has evolved over the last several decades. Since the early 1900’s treatment methods were designed to control termites by applying a chemical to the wood and soil which was designed to kill the foraging termites if they received enough exposure to the chemical application or simply repel them from the structure if they did not receive a large enough dose to result in a kill. This method was never able to get to the heart of the colony which is the brood.
Eventually baiting systems were designed and introduced. They began to gain momentum through the 80’s and 90’s. Some companies would implement a combined repellent and baiting solution for a structure. The baiting allows foraging termites to take the bait back to the colony to wipe it out at the source. Bait systems also enable some level of monitoring capability.
In approximately the year 2000 a new line of products were released into the marketplace. This was a breakthrough in termite treatment technology. It was the introduction of non-repellent termiticides. The benefit of these new products is that they are undetectable to termites. With the old repellent chemical technology termites could detect breaks in the chemical barrier. An analogy I often like to use is the comparison of the chemical to a burner on a stove. If you slowly moved your hand to the burner you would detect the heat of the burner and back away from it before you were burned or you would try to go around it if you needed to get to something.
Slow-acting non-repellent termiticides are the dominant method of choice among today’s professionals. These products are very effective at eliminating termite colonies in approximately 8-12 weeks.
Call Extermiman today at 801-296-5960 for a free home termite inspection.