Mice control service
DIY pest control with products such as boric acid, ant traps, “roach motels”, or any number of commercially available sprays like Raid, Black Flag, or Ortho. Some of these can be effective when the pests are first noticed, such as when you first spot a small hornet’s nest. In other cases, such as combatting ant or roach infestations, all they can do is hold the line. They don’t take the battle back to the pests’ lairs.
The average cost to hire an insect control service averages between $209 and $378 depending on the problem. Hiring a professional is the best way to rid your home of pests, not just convince them to stay out of your sight. If you are concerned about the cost of calling in a pro to take care of your pest problem, here are a few things to consider.
Some insects are wood-boring. They can damage your house’s structure and cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repair, or can make your home structurally unlivable.
Stinging and biting insects can range from merely painful when they attack to literally deadly.
Many household pests carry diseases such as salmonella (cockroaches) and Hantavirus (mice and rats).
Even an insect as relatively harmless as a pincher bug will leave eggs and feces in your food.
While you may know enough to avoid dangerous insects like black widows, scorpions, or fire ants, your children and pets may not.
These are just some of the reasons to call a professional exterminator. Not only can they save you money, they can possibly save your home and your life!
One-Time Removal or Contract Services
If you have never had an insect problem in your home before and very suddenly you start to see the signs, you may be able to call in the professionals for a one-time extermination. However, if you start to notice that you have an ongoing insect problem, you may opt to hire an exterminator on a contract basis.
In these cases, you would pay a monthly, or sometimes quarterly fee for the pro to come to your home on a scheduled basis to stop any type of insect infestation before it begins...or begins again! You may pay more for a contract over the years, but if it keeps the pests away permanently it is well worth the cost.
The cost of a service depends on certain factors: the frequency of the visit, the size of the home, and the type of pest(s) causing the problem.
Pest Control Frequency of the Visit
Some exterminators liken their task to house cleaning: the longer you go between cleanings, the harder it is to get the job done. For this reason, exterminators will often have a higher-cost initial visit followed by cheaper maintenance visits.
When researching prices it’s important to learn if the estimates are for an initial visit, a one-time visit only, or a regular monthly, semi-monthly, or quarterly visit.
Pest control One-Time
The typical one-time cost for pest control is around $200.00 to $450.00. This cost is higher than most listed averages because it is a one-time visit only. In these cases, there is usually a lot of work to be done including assessment of the infestation, finding the lair, and identifying entry points into your home.
Pest control Initial
The typical initial visit ballparks around $120.00 to $285.00. This cost is for the assessment, finding the nest, and identifying entry points as well as an agreement to periodic visits, usually ensured via contract. Some contracts, such as quarterly contracts, may include a stipulation that if you have a problem between visits, then interim treatments will be provided for free. Be sure to ask about such a situation.
Periodic visits can be monthly, semi-monthly (every two months), or quarterly (every three months).
Monthly: Average $40.00 to $45.00
Semi-Monthly: Average $50.00 to $60.00
Quarterly: Average $100.00 to $300.00
Two factors that can increase these costs are the size of your property and the level of infestation. The costs above are for a typical 1,200 square foot house. Additional square footage can add to the cost, but usually not by much. Some exterminators charge an extra $45.00 per 1,000 square feet over 1,200. However, a large or more entrenched infestation will add to the cost by varying degrees such as the type of pest and how bad the damage is. Be sure to discuss this up front at the inspection.
Pests Require Ongoing pest control Treatment?
Raccoons and squirrels, for example, can be handled by removing food sources and blocking access to where they’ve been nesting. Some ant issues can be handled by trimming tree branches and other house-access “highways” that they and other pests use. Bees can often be removed (sometimes for free) by a beekeeper who relocates the queen, and thus the hive, to his own inventory of bees. Sometimes it’s a one-off problem, such as a snake that has wandered onto your property and into your walls or crawlspace.
Other pests keep coming back. Roaches, spiders, termites, ticks, mice, rats, fleas, and ants are the most common pests that won’t take “no” for an answer. Your house is a very attractive food source and nesting area. Even if you take precautions and keep things spotlessly clean, they can still be there. They may come out at night seeking anything you might have left behind, eventually wandering farther and farther into your home.
Regular maintenance is the best way to handle these problems. Whether you choose monthly visits, semi-monthly visits, or quarterly visits should depend on how bad the problem is.
Climate can also influence the type and severity of your problem. Warm, dry areas can see severe problems as pests seek shade and cooler places to live. Warm, humid areas can attract wood-boring insects that initially feast on wet or moldy wood but quickly start attacking good, dry wood. In cold climates, wet or dry, insects such as the earwig, roach, and even the normally beneficial ladybug will seek out the warmth of your home. Even wasps will leave their larvae to die in paper nests while they take up residence in attics and other relatively warm places.
Unless you live in a temperate area with little weather variation, you should consider regular visits from an exterminator.