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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Are termites common in Houston?

Houston has a hot, humid climate that can make it more attractive to termites. And previous studies and reports have named the city among the top for termite treatments.

People in Houston should take extra care to prevent termites from invading their homes. For example, it's important to avoid stacking firewood against the house, repair all of your leaks and get rid of sitting mulch. Always inspect your wooden structures — doorframes, decks, porches, fences, etc. — for signs of termites. To prevent or remove infestations, hire a local termite exterminator.

How much does it cost to do termite treatment?

If you plan on getting your house treated for termites, expect to pay around $767, on average. This cost will depend on several factors. The first is the extent of the infestation, with preventive treatments costing less than treating established colonies. Liquid or fumigation treatments will also cost extra and will depend on the scope of the infestation. Because of all these factors, it’s important to get price quotes from several termite control companies

Read our cost guide, “How much does termite treatment cost?

How long does a termite treatment last?

Termite treatment companies typically say liquid termite treatment lasts around five years. Termite bait stations don’t last as long and usually need annual maintenance. With all types of treatments, it’s important to have a pro come to perform an annual inspection to make sure that termites aren’t making a comeback.

What are the signs of termites in your home?

When you see signs of termites in your home, call a trusted pest control professional as soon as possible to handle the situation. Termites feed on wood, meaning they eat through the wood that makes up the frame, floors and other components of your house. Most people don’t know they have termites until they discover the damage done, because termites remain hidden underground or inside the wood they are eating. Keep on the lookout for these signs of termites:

  • Water bubbles in your interior or exterior paint: If you poke at what look like paint bubbles and find termite droppings inside, it’s a sign of termite infestation.
  • Frass: This is a fancy term for termite poop. Keep your eyes peeled for what look like six-sided salt and pepper droppings.
  • Mud tubes: Subterranean termites move between their earth home and your house by building mud tunnels. Mud tubes under or along the side of your house or foundation are a sure sign of a termite infestation.  
  • Wings or swarming near your home: As a new colony is looking for a home, they fly (swarm), then shed their wings and burrow into nearby wood.
  • Softening of wood or hollowed-out wood: Termites don’t like paint, lacquer varnish or other wood finishes, so they’ll eat inside the wood and leave the exterior finish like a shell.

Are termites harmful to humans?

Termites are harmful to humans in that they can eat a home from the inside out. But unlike some other insects, termites don’t carry infection, nor do they bite or feed off people like parasitic bedbugs. So while they’re not harmful to your health, they can be extremely harmful to your wallet. The EPA reports that every year termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage in the United States. Immediate action and treatment is the best approach if you see signs of termites. The national average cost for an exterminator ranges from $250 to $400, but costs may be higher if you have a whole house infestation on your hands. Here are a few examples of average cost:

  • Standard liquid treatment of subterranean termites: $3-$4 per linear foot. An extermination company may have a minimum service fee, such as $150, to come out and provide treatment, no matter how small the space.
  • Liquid treatment of subterranean termites including foaming and drilling into concrete slabs: $4-$5 per linear foot.
  • Liquid treatment of a 2,000-square-foot home for subterranean termites: approximately $400.
  • Fumigation treatment of drywood termites: $1,200-$1,500 for a 30,000- to 35,000-cubic-foot home. Pros measure fumigation costs in cubic feet. Fumigation costs can also be affected by the number of stories in your home.

How do you get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to act fast. Termites are a problem that will only get worse — and no matter how much you want them to, they usually don’t magically move out on their own. There are three main types of termites: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Drywood and dampwood termites sneak through cracks in your exterior paint, nail holes, and gaps near windows and other openings and begin to eat through your wood. Subterranean termites enter your house from the ground up by creating mud tunnels. In all cases, they survive by eating the wood of your house. The type of termites you have can steer the treatment plan.

Methods of termite extermination include fumigation, use of pesticides, and use of natural elements that are poisonous to the bugs. The extent of your termite infestation will help determine the treatment method. If you have drywood or dampwood termites that have infiltrated all aspects of the wood in your home, the pest control pro may recommend enclosing the whole house in a tent and gassing the termites via fumigation. If you have subterranean termites, often the entire footprint of the home must be treated by drilling liquid treatments into the slab or foundation of the home to exterminate the colonies. In any case, once you see signs of termites, it’s time to take action and call a pest pro.  

Reviews for Houston termite exterminators
Kate G.
The original treatment for the dry wood termites on one wall worked well. Then winged termites arrived and Roger returned and got rid of those. Unfortunately the termites working in the wall are back in the exact same spot. Maybe this company is good with subterranean termites, but not so much with dry wood ones, sadly.
Texas Trapper and Pest ServiceTexas Trapper and Pest Service
Thumbtack Customer
Assessed and treated our termite issue.
Texas Trapper and Pest ServiceTexas Trapper and Pest Service
Fred P.
C and L came out and treated (what I hope is) an isolated termite intrusion. He foamed the tunnels and killed the termites. I also had him spray my whole house for pests in general. He is very responsive, punctual and thorough.
C and L pest controlC and L pest control
Gena S.
They responded immediately, arrived on time, worked quickly and offered a one-year warranty for termite relief.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Marsha J.
Prompt service and very thorough treatment for termites also includes warranty for specific species. Will be doing business again!
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Adrian C.
I will definitely recommend them to other friends and family. They came out the same day and applied termite treatment.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Mehmet A.
Young man did the work was very hard worker did not cut corners, they are going to inspect for termites every year now
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
R J P.
They took time to explain the termite process and they provided me multiple options to fit my need. I will be using this service again for my pest control.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Christopher R.
Really fast inspection. Didn't really go over the details with me. I'm not a termite expert so I'm still confused on the status of the house inspected.
All Houston Pest Control, Inc.All Houston Pest Control, Inc.
Michelle H.
They were able to fit me in for the next day which was a relief. I didn't get to meet him but over the phone he was professional and sent me the termite inspection the same day. His prices are very reasonable.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Eileen L.
He did a complete inspection of the property and assured me that I did not have a termite infestation. He then explained what I needed to do to greatly reduce the likelihood of future infestation. He explained the difference between Eastern and Formosan termites. He explained the difference between types of chemical protection and the difference in cost. I felt that I was definitely in the care of a professional. We scheduled the preventive treatment; he came back and treated thoroughly. Throughout the whole procedure he was professional, polite and pleasant. All in all, a completely easy experience.
FortrexxFortrexx
Vanessa C.
Johnny was very thorough with his inspection and detected not only the spot I knew had termites, but found a few other problem areas on the windows. Very honest and priced fairly, you don't feel like your getting the run around. He's an A+!
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Shannon E.
He was quick to respond, great communication skills and did a great job. I am a Realtor that hired him for a termite inspection. Both my client and her friend liked him so much they are going to use him for regular pest service.
Bug Police Pest ControlBug Police Pest Control
Thumbtack Customer
He did a good job and was here very quickly. Before I found him on Thumbtack I had called 4 other termite inspectors for an emergency. None could come that day. Then I checked Thumbtack and he was there a few hours later. Thank you!
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
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