Termites cause major structural damage to properties in Australia every year. If you suspect termites are active around your home or business, you need to take steps to remove them for good. So, how much does termite treatment cost in Melbourne?
There is a range of factors that affect the cost of termite treatment in Melbourne. Your property’s location, size and construction, the extent of the infestation, and type of treatment needed, all impact the price you pay.
The best way to treat termites is to hire a professional pest control company. At VIP Pest Control, we provide reliable and safe termite treatment services to fix your termite problems permanently. From inspections to treatments, here’s everything you need to know about the cost of termite treatment in Melbourne.
Signs You Should Book A Termite Inspection
Often remaining hidden, termites are usually discovered months after starting their destruction process. You should contact a professional pest control company and book a termite inspection if you notice any of these signs around your property:
- Flying termites and fallen wings
- Clicking sounds in your walls or ceiling
- Timber that sounds hollow when tapped
- Timber doors or windows becoming hard to open
- Peeling paint that looks water damaged
- Powdery droppings around timber
A termite inspection is the best way to find out if you have an infestation. The inspection involves checking accessible timbers in your property’s interior, exterior, subfloor, roof, garden and fences. You then receive a Termite Inspection Report which includes findings about the inspected areas, inaccessible high-risk areas and recommended treatments. A termite inspection in Melbourne can cost between $250 and $350 for an average-sized property, or $500 or more for larger properties.
Termite Treatment Options
Once a termite inspection has been conducted, the best form of treatment will be recommended. There are usually two ways of treating termites: quick fixes and full treatments. To help you understand what is involved with each and how much they cost, here’s everything you need to know about these termite treatments.
Quick Fix Termite Treatments
Quick fixes only treat the area where the termites have been located. This is done through spraying, foaming or dusting and can cost between $300 and $900. While effective for a small infestation, these treatments do not provide long-term protection.
Spray treatments target visible termites but do not control infestations. There are two types of chemicals that can be used: repellent and non-repellent. While the repellent spray is detectable by termites so allows them to find new entry points, the non-repellent spray is better because it is almost completely undetectable.
Foam treatments target termites found deep within walls, ceilings or wood elements. Since it is difficult to apply sprays into these areas, foam can effectively fill these spaces and trap the termites. The best foam treatments infect some of the termites, so the infection eventually spreads and kills the entire colony.
Dust treatments target small colonies and often require multiple follow-ups. This treatment involves drilling holes into the infested areas, applying the dust, then covering the holes. Similar to the foam, the dust infects some of the termites, so the infection eventually spreads and kills the entire colony.
Full Termite Treatments
Full treatments target large colonies which have expanded across large areas. There are two full treatment options: termite barriers and termite baiting. Providing long-term control and protection, these treatments can cost between $1,500 and $5,000.
Termite Barrier Treatment
Protecting your property for up to eight years, a termite barrier is an effective treatment. It involves using repellent or non-repellent chemicals to treat your property’s soil, slab and pathways. While non-repellent chemicals are more expensive, they ensure that termites transfer the poison back to the nest. Repellent chemicals only deter termites from entering your property. Regardless of which chemicals are used, a termite barrier means that you have a constant treatment zone around your home or business.
Depending on your property’s location, size and construction, and chemical used, a termite barrier treatment can cost between $1,500 and $5,000. This cost may include a foam or dust treatment if termites are inside your home or business. An annual termite inspection is also needed to identify conditions that could weaken the barrier.
Termite Baiting System Treatment
The termite baiting system is another effective long-term treatment. It involves placing baits on top of active mud tubes and in the soil. When termites are detected, a termiticide is released. This chemical infects and eventually kills the entire colony. The more bait stations you set up, the better your chances of destroying the colony.
Depending on your property’s location, size and construction, this treatment can cost between $2,000 and $4,500. This price includes servicing, monitoring and baiting for 12 months. On a 12-month program, the baiting system is usually checked every four weeks. It then costs around $800 to maintain the baits every subsequent year.
Factors That Affect Termite Treatment Cost in Melbourne
There is a range of factors that affect the cost of termite treatment in Melbourne. Here are the factors and how they could impact the price you pay.
Your property’s location can impact the scope of termite control services required. If your home or business is located within a termite zone or area with climatic conditions favourable to termites, you may need specific treatments.
The bigger the square footage of your property, the higher the cost of the termite treatment. Your home or business’ size determines the length of the termite inspection, how much product will be needed, and how much labour will be required.
How your property is built also affects the termite treatment cost. Subfloors, extensions and materials used around your slab, impact which treatment should be applied. The type of treatment recommended will impact the price you pay.
The extent of the infestation at your property affects which termite treatments you need. Depending on how small or large the infestation is, you may need internal treatments and structural replacement, as well as external treatments to ensure long-term protection.
The older a termite colony is, the more damage it would have caused to your property. If a colony has been active in your home or business for an extended period, it is more likely to have spread to other parts of your property. This impacts how much internal treatment and structural replacement will be required.
Climate can also affect the treatment cost. Since the lifespan of termites depends on the right climatic conditions, this can impact the extent of the infestation at your property. Climatic conditions which are in termites’ favour could mean a large and intense infestation, which costs more to treat and control.
Another factor that affects the treatment cost is the type of termite at your property. Different types of termites prefer different parts of homes. The type of termite, where they are located and how best to treat them, will impact the price you pay.
Which Termite Treatment Option Is Best?
When it comes to termite treatments, it is better to invest in a long-term solution rather than a quick fix. While the spray, foam and dust treatments can destroy a small colony, they do not prevent termites from returning. As a result, choosing one of these options may cost you more in the long run if the pests return and do thousands of dollars of damage to your property. While the termite barrier and baiting treatments may be more expensive, these options provide long-term control and prevention. In fact, the most effective protection from termites may be a combination of these full treatments.
If you suspect termites are active around your home or business, we can help. At VIP Pest Control, we provide affordable, reliable and safe termite control services to homes and businesses across Melbourne, Bendigo and parts of regional Victoria. With over 40 years’ experience, we are one of the most reliable pest control companies in the area. Our team of highly trained and fully accredited professionals have the knowledge and expertise to fix your termite problems for good.
Whether you choose a spray, foam, dust, barrier or baiting treatment, we offer affordable termite control services. We specialise in termite inspections, proofing for new homes, treatment of established homes and even pre-purchase timber pest inspections. What’s more, all of our termite treatments are environmentally friendly, safe and meet all required Australian standards.
If you have noticed signs of termites or want to take preventative measures to protect your home or business from an invasion, call us today on 1800 198 041.
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