One of the most common questions homeowners have when they are battling termite control issues is how long the termite treatment will last. More specifically, they wonder how often it is reasonable to pay for termite control treatment. While there is no single easy answer to this question and some variables do exist, there are certain guidelines that can help you as a homeowner to get more value for your termite control investment.
Variables Affecting Termite Control Duration
There are many factors that can affect the life expectancy of a termite treatment. Most chemicals in use today are expected to last five years on average, so that is a reasonable amount of time to expect to get from a properly applied chemical barrier with no additional complications. However, those complications can and do get in the way sometimes. The soil type, the effectiveness of the treatment, and the home’s design and construction all play a part.
Get Annual Termite Inspections
It is a good idea to have a home inspected annually after you have had an infestation. In most cases, the original termite control agreement consumers sign with companies includes some sort of warranty. As a consumer and a homeowner, your best bet is to choose a company that offers an extensive warranty as part of its original service. As a part of its eradication service, try to look for a company that will also suggest and implement any changes needed to prevent future outbreaks. Addressing these changes the first time can help save you some serious money later. Paying for the same work twice is a waste of money any way you cut it.
Getting annual inspections and learning what to look for can help prevent damage and financial expense later on.