Some pests are invasive and can damage or kill your plants if not addressed properly. This is why people consider hiding an exterminator (a person who removes the pests from the home). Unfortunately, the process of eliminating pests is very time-consuming and expensive at the same time.
The exact cost you have to bear to remove the pests depends on various factors, such as location, type, and methods used in removal. However, the average pest control team charges between $350 to $1,000 to remove the pest. The industry is moving toward Integrated pest management, where non chemical control methods are to be performed first unless there is a threat to public health or the structural integrity of a building (ex/ stinging insects, termites). There is a chance that their pest control technician may not have to spray anything to solve a pest issue, so it is best to not set that expectation with clients. Usually, it costs around $550 to homeowners for manual removal and relocation.
However, the overall cost of this project can even go as low as $100 for the 2,000 square feet house if they only spray the chemicals to remove animals. But at the same time, it can go as high as $7,000 to heat treat or fumigate the same house, including damages. Remember, you must pay this cost each time they visit your house.
Expert says: “Depending on your plan with your pest control provider. Companies such as Terminix do not charge for extra services (callbacks, services covered in between quarterly services, etc). Larger scale work such as fumigation, rodent exclusions, etc will usually always require payment for every service.”
Are you willing to hire an Exterminator? If yes, then you may be willing to know the labor cost you have to bear. Well, the labor cost for each kind of pest is different, depending on the factors like:
Expert explains: “We no longer use this term in reference to a technician in the field. Although some companies will have "Exterminators" in their company name, it is misleading. We are trained to identify, target and remediate specific pest issues while not killing anything off target to the best of our ability. It is not our job, goal or intention to exterminate everything”
Usually, you have to pay less for pests hiding in easy-to-reach areas like under the carpet or that do not need professional technique, compared to those in Crawl spaces or wall voids, where an exterminator may have to cut the wall to remove the pests. Such projects need repair, which significantly adds to the cost of the project.
The pest control service providers charge a separate fee for each part of the home. For example, if you want to spray pesticides in the room and kitchen of the house, you may have to pay additional fees. 99% of companies will bundle the bill together for all services provided on one invoice.
The lowest fee starts at $100 and goes up to $6,000 with serious infestations that need expensive professional treatments such as heat treatment or fumigation. Usually, the initial visit cost is included in this. However, some contractors can also charge it additionally. Avoid doing repairs and prevention services before resolving the issues because these are usually done late after the problem is resolved.
|Service Frequency||Average Cost for 2,000 sq ft. house|
|One service||$125 - $350(under $150 for carpenter ants)|
|4 times in year||$450 - $950|
|each month||$675 - $1,850|
Both contractual visits and one-time pest control services have different prices. Usually, a one-time visit costs more than a contractual visit. However, the exact cost depends on size and infestation severity. Averagely, one ca have pay between $200 to $550 for every visit and between $100 to $350 for a contractual visit.
You may get some extra discount on booking subsequent visits. Many pests control service providers offer various monthly packages at very affordable prices. However, these packages are good for dealing with infestations like ants but are unsuitable for seasonal bugs because they need some extra effort to get rid of them.
For example, pests like mosquitoes are mostly found in the summer, that monthly seasonal services would be better during the summer months than winter. The price of pest control, according to the service frequency, ranges from $100 to $1,300. However, consider reading the table below to know the average price of the common pest control techniques
|Method||Cost for typical house|
|Setting Traps||$120 - $380|
|Using Chemicals||$80 - $600|
|Relocation and Removal||$150 - $700|
|Heat Treatment||$1,800 - $6,200|
|Fumigate||$1,600 - $5,850|
Each method of pest and wildlife removal has a different level of effectiveness and cost. Your pest control service provider will select the method depending on the pest's severity, type, and location. Before you consider any methods, know the cost you have to bear in each method.
If the pest problem in your home is not significant, then setting traps can help you in a great way. It is the cheapest method, costing around $120 to $380 for a 2,000 square feet house. Pheromone traps are used on German Cockroaches and stored product pests. They are not used often for anything else. Paper glueboards (which we call insect monitors) are used to monitor crawling or flying insect activity while the pest technician is not present. That way, when the technician returns for services, they can tell if the infestation is still occurring or if a new one starts. Glue traps with plastic bottoms are used for capturing rodents or large infestations of insects that infest attics during the early fall months (stinkbugs, lady bugs, conifer seed bugs, etc) Monitors are plastic glue boards do not use pheromones, but are strategically placed by experienced technicians.
However, for pests like roaches, bait traps are also used, which are effective in areas that are dark and hard to reach. German cockroaches, for example, often require traps, pheromones, baits, insecticide dusts and liquid treatments in order to clear infestations. Simply baiting for them does not work very often unless the infestation is acute. We suggest you do not use electrical bug catchers because they also catch the good bugs along with the bad ones, which is not good for the environment.
Generally, most technicians have the ability to use insecticides to eliminate pest issues if necessary. In this, professionals use poisons and pesticides to kill the pests. These chemicals also stop the insects from returning. The cost of chemicals depends on the type and quantity they are used. But on average, it will cost you from $80 to $600.
Every company uses different chemicals; some use organic, while others harmful pesticides (Experts says: ”All pesticides are harmful if not used properly by what is instructed on the label. If trained and experienced enough and the label is followed, most have little to no risk to off target species.”). Also, they can even be sprayed or can be applied in powder form. We suggest that you always follow the label on ALL pesticide product to avoid harming the environment. This includes both organic and synthetic pesticides.
While the process of removing pests is going on, you may have to leave the house. They can be very harmful if the client is present during treatment or while treated areas are still wet from the application. If you have decided to select the chemical method, then ask your pest control service providers to determine the best way of removal. Also, consider only using organic chemicals because they usually do not harm you.
Physical pest control services are usually more expensive than the two discussed above. It is commonly used for removing large animals or nests like a wasp or a bee next. Also, the process is a bit dangerous because the workers must get close to the nest and manually grab it with their hands.
Sometimes, the workers come back to check and take the animals. While on other cases, they trap the animals during the first visit and immediately shift them to the new place. However, in this case, when relocating a large number of families, workers make various visits to ensure all the animals get removed from the place.
This method is very effective for animals and big insects but is not a good idea for catching small insects or pests. It is almost impossible to cat small pests using this method.
Heat is the most effective method of eliminating bed bug infestations. However, it will be ineffective if the client does not prep the area being heated properly. This requires a lot of prior communication between the pest control provider and the client prior to treatment. Depending on the location and size, heating treatment costs $1,800 to $6,200.
You have to leave the house during the heating treatment. Workers will seal the home because it will be superheated. However, you can re-enter the house after the process is over, and the house comes to regular temperature. However, it is expensive but is suitable for all kinds of tough infestations in all development stages.
The cost of fumigation pest control is the same as heating treatment. Fumigation is the best option if your house is suffering from the pests such as termites and bed bugs that are very hard to control. As the process is very time-consuming and expensive, it is last used when all other methods fail to remove the tough infestations.
During a fumigation, the house is sealed, and chemicals are used in the form of a spray. This process is very dangerous for health. Therefore, homeowners need to vacate the house until the process is over. This is why it is considered at last when no other method is helpful.
You may be surprised that the pest control industry is worth $20B, which is insane. According to experts, it is assumed to grow in a significant way in the coming years. Even some big pest control companies own franchises all around the globe. These companies are known for these:
However, the prices and the names of some most trusted pest control companies are given below.
|Company Name||Cost for typical house|
|Viking Pest Control||$75 - $380|
|Bulwark Exterminating||$80 - $445|
|Mosquito Joe(only do tick and mosquito services)||$90 - $130|
|Mosquito Squad(only do tick and mosquito services)||$105 - $149|
|Abell||$120 - $460|
|Dewey||$120 - $460|
|Rottler||$120 - $360|
|Western Exterminator||$135 - $430|
|Ehrlich||$135 - $533|
|Arrow Exterminators||$155 - $660|
|Orkin||$180 - $520|
|Terminix||$160 - $540
(typically has seasonal sales for $99 quarterly services)
|Truly Nolen||$175 - $480|
|Aptive||$540 - $660|
Pests are unwanted bugs that damage property and plants. Therefore, pest control companies use different methods to remove such insects and bugs. Every method is made for different situations; some situations need bait traps, while others may require fogging.
Insects like bees are removed with the physical peas control method by bee removal companies who relocate their nest to another place. While insects like ants are removed with the help of initial treatments, later, they are kept away using barrier treatments. Such companies have different methods for each kind of pest or insect.
|Insect Type||Insect Control Cost|
|Tick||$55 - $120|
|Moth||$110 - $220|
|Earwig||$110 - $350|
|Roach||$170 - $520|
|Fly||$155 - $280|
|Cricket||$165 - $340|
|Ant||$180 - $320|
|Scorpion||$220 - $330|
|Flea||$190 - $370|
|Silverfish||$220 - $560|
|Bee||$230 - $760|
|Carpet Beetle||$225 - $275|
|Spider||$260 - $500|
|Centipede||$310 - $460|
|Termite||$350 - $1300|
|Wasp||$340 - $445|
|Mosquito||$330 - $660|
|Bed Bug||$550 - $1750|
Usually, wild animals live near human beings. If you live in the village area, then there are high chances of getting wild animals inside the house. Some animals are very dangerous and make a noticeable entrance into the house. Call a pest removal company immediately if you find any wild animals in the house. The cost of wide life removal depends on various factors such as:
If you want to know the cost of wildlife removal, you can check out the following table. It also explains the different wildlife animals found in the house.
|Wildlife Animal||Animal Control Cost|
|Possum||$180 - $380|
|Snake||$110 - $220|
|Mole||$310 - $540|
|Fox||$340 - $520|
|Racoon||$350 - $650|
|Bird||$340 - $610|
|Skunk||$420 - $520|
|Bat||$430 - $630|
|Coyote||$360 - $570|
Companies will identify areas of qualifying houses and seal off the entry ways the pests are using to get in. That eliminates the issue without the use of rodenticides. They may set up one way doors or have a heart traps to re locate the wildlife such as raccoons and skunks. Mice are typically trapped and monitored inside after exclusion services. These services are often over $1000 to perform.
Apart from insects, rodents are also the biggest problems that most houses face, regardless of the location of the home. You will often find such insects in dark, tight places, such as behind walls or beneath cabins. Usually, they are attracted to garbage and food scraps.
They will probably live in the basement or attic without your knowledge. Always precaution is better than cure; therefore, you should ways keep your house clean and sanitized because once these animals get into your home, the process of getting rid of these animals is very time-consuming and expensive. However, the exact cost of a rodent exterminator depends on various factors such as:
|Rodent Animal||Rodent Control Cost|
|Groundhog||$120 - $170|
|Squirrel||$250 - $650|
|Beaver||$310 - $850|
|Mouse||$440 - $620|
|Gopher||$550 - $750|
|Rat||$540 - $710|
Depending on the pests, type, location, and problems, sometimes you may need to deal with dead animals. Dead animals are usually found in places like the basement garage, kitchen, or attic. When you notice such pests in your house, call a professional pest removal contractor immediately. Be sure to advise the clients to ask if their provider covers removal of dead pests. Most general quarterly pests services do not cover these unless a call center rep that the client is speaking with does not know this. Otherwise, they will get decompose and cause a foul smell.
Professional pest control service providers charge from $150 to $350, depending on the number of animals. Generally, professionals use chemical treatment or lethal bait to remove dead animals.
Before you start the removal process, make sure to ask the workers about the after-results and how the animals will be trapped. While using chemical treatments, do not forget to use the chemical properly according to the label to avoid being harmed.
Such cases happen especially with animals like rats or mice. Remember, the higher the number of dead animals and chemicals that require removing animals, the higher you have to pay for the project.
The attic is the most common area that most pest chooses to hide. If you also have a pest in such areas, the removal process will cost you from $200 to $650, depending on the above mentioned factors.
Sometimes, you neither have to pay some extra amount to the pest control companies if the pests are in hard-to-reach areas that require additional equipment like ladders. Some common inhabitants of the attics are:
But how can you identify your house is being attacked by such animals? Some sights will tell you that your house is suffering from pests. This includes droppings, urine, ripped ducts, damaged insulation, and nests. You may also notice the Squeaking notices near the attic.
Various companies are out there that offer environment-friendly pest control services. In such services, they use harmless products like diatomaceous. These treatments cost from $20 to $2,000. Although it costs 20% to 100% more than traditional methods and products, they are completely worth it.
These days, most pest control companies are shifting towards environment-friendly products and techniques to service their loyal customers and natural surroundings. Therefore, you will easily find such a company in your locality.
You can ask for a more ecologically friendly product to be used. However, it will completely depend on what the local office has in stock and the product used is always the choice of the technician who is trained to deal with the issue. The customer is not always right in pest control due to legal reasons and having to be trained to handle and read a label on a product. In the US, it is a federal offense to use a product in a way that is not listed on the label. Some companies can charge you an additional $20 to $200.
Do you own a pet? If yes, then you may be worrying about the safety of your pets. Repellents, pesticides, and traps can significantly injure or harm your beloved pets. Therefore it is necessary to keep pets away from such chemicals.
Some companies offer child pet-safe removal options for those who own a pet or have small children at home. The specialist uses organic chemicals which are not harmful to pets like cats and dogs as long as they are not present in the treated area until after the treatment has dried. Also, they ensure that pets do not get trapped.
Each pest control company has different recommendations about the method and techniques of pest removal. Remember, you should only select the company that perfectly balances protection and pest removal.
The process of safe pest removal is generally more expensive than normal. According to the pest control solutions, you may have to pay an extra $25 to $250 or even more. The exact amount of the service depends on the company and its practices.
The first step of pest removal is inspection. In gaining professionals, inspect your entire house for all kinds of pests. This helps service providers to know about the pest in your home so that they can suggest you the appropriate treatment. After identifying the insect type and removal plan, falling things may happen. Any information a client has about their pest issue will only help the pest technician.
In severe conditions, assistance is required to locate the pests. Therefore service providers use canine inspection. In this type of inspection, dogs are used dogs locate the pests. This process is very expensive; it costs from $200 to $500. This is why it is only used in worse conditions.
However, in normal situations, a specialist uses baiting to locate the pests. This is an affordable method that costs from$50 to $150. To know the location of pests, workers set the bar, lethal or non-lethal, and check for the indications of animals.
If they get the location of the pests, they start the removal process immediately. Pest control companies use several things for pest removal, such as:
Some specialized companies even offer inspections for undetected insects, animals, and rodents. Also, these companies provide offers and coupons to encourage people to purchase subsequent services and inspections.
Every company has a different policy, but most of them include the inspection cost within the package, but some companies charge the inspection cost separately. If you are hiring such a company, then you are expected to pay around $75 to $125.
Experts adds: “WDI or Wood destroying insect inspections for mortgages and permits always cost money regardless if the client has pest coverage or not. General inspections are typically free, as it gets a sales representative from the company in the clients door to upsell them on services.”
Sometimes pest damages the property significantly. Even in some cases, there is a need to open the wall for pest removal. In such cases, you must undergo repairs, which will cost you so much. Although the cost of repair depends on the type of pest and damage average, it costs around $50 to $5,000.
You may get surprised to know that pests like moths and fleas can even damage your home curtains worth $50 to $600. Unfortunately, if not treated on time, they can also damage other textiles like window furniture and upholstery.
Repairing cost will upholstery will cost around $150 to $300. The process of getting rid of such insects is also very expensive. This is why; you should always keep your home clean because it reduces the chances that pests are living in the home, causing damage.
In some cases, debris, squirrels and birds will clog gutters, which creates a significant water damage problem. Usually, the gutter repair costs around $100 to $250. But if the gutter is clogged, then you have to pay around $150 to $225 for gutter cleaning.
The case of dented, cracked, rotting gutters, and leaking costs around $100 to $250. Blocked or clogged gutters are very dangerous because they may push the rainwater back into the house, which could damage the home décor and wood furniture.
As discussed above, sometimes the wall needs to be open for the removal of pests. Such cases are most common with the pests like wasps, birds, bees, mice, and squirrels. Pests that make their home walls need repair, which is very expensive. Usually, the wall repair costs between $200 to $550.
However, this cost can even be slightly more, depending o the condition of the wall. When the pests get unidentified for a long time, they entirely damage the walls, so they may need new insulation, which costs from $1.75 to $7.50 per square foot.
Pests like carpenter ants, termites, mice, bees, bats, and rats can damage the roof of the house. The cost of repairing the roof is very high. It costs around $300 to $1,500. They may chew the sidings and water pipes, which will create a significant problem.
Depending on the damage level, the average cost of repairing an attic is around $400 to $800. Nobody takes care of the attic and does not go upstairs to check; pests and other animals make their home and start damaging the house. It is necessary to deal with them as soon as possible because they can damage your woodwork and bite the electric wires.
Homeowners may have to pay $450 to $600 to repair the plumbing and wiring damage caused by pests. Pests like squirrels and mice may chew the pipes and wiring, which is very expensive to fix. In such conditions, a homeowner has to call a plumber or electrician who will cost between $75 to $150 and $40 to $120, respectively.
Usually, pests hide beneath the carpets; therefore, they damage them entirely by chewing. While replacing the items infected by pests, the carpet is the first thing to consider. The repairing cost of a carpet is around $980 to $1,680, depending on the size and quality of the carpet.
We suggest you clean the carpet regularly with a vacuum cleaner because it removes all the harmful bugs, such as carpet beetles, and keep your carpet safe. However, if you find any symptoms of pests, consider calling a professional pest control company immediately.
Beetles, ants, and termites are known for the qualities of damaging the wooden floor. The repair cost of the hardwood floor ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. These pests can turn your beautiful shining flooring into dull floors.
Suppose you find bucking wood, loose floorboards, and small holes in the flooring. This means you are most likely suffering from the infections of pests and moisture damage, which need to be treated immediately.
Pests are of many types; some are very dangerous, while others do not harm human beings. As a homeowner, you are responsible for protecting your family from such insects. This is why you must know about different pests.
Termites are easy to focus on, but some pests are dangerous. It is necessary to understand which animals or pests are harmful to your family so that you can take action immediately before any incidents happen.
Termites are among the most destructive pests. According to the study, they damage houses worth billions of dollars every year. The worse thing is that this number is increasing continuously. Destructive species like Formosan termites are spreading very fast in countries like:
Unassuming squirrel is another destructive pest that is known for their destroying abilities. You may find such insects very beautiful and cute, but they are very dangerous. They can destroy your home by chewing everything from ducts to walls and wires.
Usually, the damage caused by these pests costs very high to repair. Therefore contact a pest control company immediately if you see symptoms of such animals. The removal process may cost less if removed at the initial stage.
Apart from annoying, mosquitoes are also very dangerous to health. These bites create serious discomfort. You may be surprised that these small insects kill thousands of people daily. They are dangerous because they transmit life-taking diseases. However, when we talk about dangerous animals, mice make their position the first number because they carry diseases and viruses that can cause serious health issues.
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is a modern method used to cold the pest. This approach focuses on prevention and suppression before they grow. This technique is used to deal with both indoor and outdoor pests. They use the strategies like:
It is used for commercial, residential and agricultural. However, this plan is a little more expensive than simple techniques but is worth it. However, you can also get it at a very reasonable price with the package deal. During the initial treatment, IMP costs around $25 to $250, and quarterly visits cost around $400 to $800 every ear.
Outdoor treatments are different from indoor treatments; therefore, hiring a professional pest control service provider with knowledge about both treatments is essential. Some common insects found inside the house are fleas, beetles, roaches, centipedes, and termites.
But animals like squirrels, smoke, and spires can also enter inside. Usually, service providers use chemicals to deal with the pest, and large animals are treated best with relocation and live-to-trap.
Many people start the pest removal process at home themselves with some cans of pesticides and repellant. Although you can trap the mouse using mouse trappers, pests should always be treated by professionals.
This is because; pests are in high quantity, which is not possible for an untrained person to handle. Always the best way to deal with pests is pest control, especially if you are dealing with animals like snakes, Scorpios, or murder hornets.
Wildlife technicians deal with anything considered wildlife which is usually anything bigger than a rat. They also handle snakes and reptiles. Pest control technicians do rats or smaller.
Every scenario is different; therefore, different methods and techniques are needed in every situation. There are various similarities between pest control and exterminators. Their enough experience and training help them to determine the type and location of the pests.
An pest technician will always understand your choices and suggest relocation options accordingly. While on the other hand, pest services are the best option available for dealing with insects. Usually, such services are very affordable and cheaper than an exterminator. However, the exact cost of a project depends on various factors such as:
The cost of preventive pest control is different for every situation. In the initial stage of pests, it can cost you as low as $25; in severe cases, it can go as high as $10,000. Prevention is always better than investing a lot in removing pests.
Removing food sources and maintaining good hygiene is a great way to avoid such harmful insects. According to the study, pests do not go into places that do not contain food sources. Therefore it is the best step to take.
You should always prevent rodents from entering the house because the process of eliminating these insects is very expensive. This is because these insects are very small and get into holes or cracks. It will cost you around $25 to $1,100, depending on the size and location of the infection.
Depending on the technique, insect protection can cost anywhere from $600 to $10,000. The price range for sealing windows and doors is between $600 and $2,300. Foundation crack repairs range from $5,000 to $10,000. Insects are kept out of the house thanks to this.
Maintaining proper cleanliness and making sure there are no open food boxes or food sources are the first steps in insect prevention. Eliminating standing water or moist areas is a great way to prevent your house from such insects. Certain insects might be kept out by chemical spraying around the foundation.
However, if you want to eliminate the pests like mosquitoes, then a mosquito misting system is the best way that costs between $1,800 to $3,000. This treatment lowers the insect population and prevents infections caused by them.
For wood or vinyl fencing, installation of a new fence costs from $3,500 to $6,500. Installing a high-quality fence is among the first stages in preventing wildlife from entering your property
In most circumstances, the best strategy to keep wildlife out is to seal the entrances. This means you should cover the main door and keep the other uncovered areas closed. Also, keep the things like trees and plants away from the home.
Wildlife cannot access your house thanks to window nets or snake barriers around crawl spaces. Wildlife can be discouraged using electronic pest deterrents.
Interior fumigation alone isn't always sufficient to solve an issue. Structural fumigation penetrates more of your home's crawl spaces, attics, and various other difficult-to-reach locations to eliminate the issue. Most dwellings start at roughly $5,000 in price.
After the situation is fixed, you might choose whole-house cleaning to eliminate animal droppings, chemicals, and other issues. Cleaning your home can help stop pests from coming back. An hour of housecleaning typically costs between $25 and $40.
Some businesses may provide a guarantee that they get rid of the pests or offer cost-free follow-up treatments, depending on the treatment and pest. This is because every business is unique and there is no insurance that you will get rid of pests. Always select the company that gives you a guarantee about pest removal.
Most of the time, insurance companies consider pest damage to be avoidable, meaning the homeowner could have done anything reasonable to stop it. Pest damage may occasionally be categorized as unexpected. Some damage may be removed, for instance, if a storm left your home unprotected and open to pest infestations.
Certain pests, like cicadas, are seasonal, appearing only once every year. Neither people nor animals are at risk from these. Undoubtedly, having so many cicadas could be unpleasant for some individuals. Cicada killer wasps are an example of a beneficial stinging insect. Although they are large and loud, they regulate cicada populations naturally without the use of any pesticides. They rarely sting humans and should be left alone to avoid large cicada populations.
Remember, the pest control company you choose must be certified by the higher authorities. Ask them to show their certification before hiring.
Sometimes, pests must be removed from a distance; therefore, you may have to pay some extra money. However, the exact price depends on the company's guidelines.
Biological pest control is an affordable option that only costs you from $50 to $200. Although it is not essential to take this service, we suggest you do because it is very good for outdoor spaces such as gardens.
Instead of using potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides, biological pest control uses predators to eliminate pests and other animals. For example, if you have bees in your garden, professionals may introduce animals that only eat bees but do not harm plants.