Pest Control: Why it’s Expensive
Pest Control: The Cost Break Down
A whole lot of different factors can affect how much you end up paying for pest control; however, the main three factors affecting your pocket will be:
Big or Small
If your property is small then it stands to reason that you will pay less than a person whose home is large, it’s the simple scale of economics. A smaller home can be quickly assessed, attended to and left bug free: sometimes within hours. Larger properties, with more rooms, more fittings and furniture, will take considerably longer, and may well need a number of approaches to rid it of pests.
Type of pest
The type of pest you are dealing with will be another factor that affects extermination costs. Some companies make the cash till ring louder for bed bugs, while others charge considerably less to get rid of ants. This is because people usually want rid of bed bugs immediately -- of course ants can be annoying, but at least they aren’t feeding on you. Plus, bed bugs are actually one of the most stubborn pests to rid of. Costs can also be determined by how expensive the chemicals that kill each specific insect or rodent are; some are much cheaper than others and vice-versa.
If you have a few ants interested in the crumbs in your kitchen unit, they are going to be considerably less of a challenge to get rid off than a colony of bats in your attic. So, just from that, you can easily tell which “visitor” will be more expensive to remove.
Then again, if you have termites, the bats will be a walk in the park in comparison, as once gotten rid of -- and their entrance and exit points sealed up -- the bats are gone. Termites; however, can and will leave a very destructive legacy on your property and need to be gotten rid off by intensive approaches that require follow up and repetition. So, the level – or number – of pests, and the type of unwelcome guest you have in your home, will determine how much money you are going to have to part with.
There is of course the option to reduce costs to an absolute minimum by doing it yourself, but we would advise that you very carefully assess the situation and ask as to whether this is the best option.
Doing it Yourself
It seems pretty obvious that at some level a DIY approach to getting your property free of pests is going to be very cost effective. You’re obviously saving on labor, as you are doing the job, and the chemicals you can buy off the shelf are going to be much cheaper than the types used by pest control pros. It’s pretty much win-win all round in terms of costs when rolling up your own sleeves, but a word of caution:
As we wrote, do assess the situation very carefully; can you really take on the infestation? Do you know the habits of the critter you are taking on? Where does it hide? How does it reproduce, and where? What kind of environment does it like, need to survive? If you don’t have the answers to even these basic questions, a go alone approach could actually end up costing you more money.
Why? Because if you don’t know what you are up against you may well end up repeatedly paying for pest control products again and again and, yes, again, whereas a professional exterminator service could rid you of your problem in one go.
You can pay between $100 and $260 depending what needs to be dealt with. Hiring a professional is the simply the most effective way to completely rid your home of pests. However, if you are worried about the cost of calling in the professionals – as quotes can be eye wateringly high at times - here are a few things to consider.
Annoying to Dangerous – Cheap to Expensive: The Lowdown
Various insects have the ability to either bite or sting and although the majority can leave you with some pain and/or irritation some stings and bites can actually lead to paralysis, serious health issues, and even death. So we feel that it is very important to identify the kind of pest you are taking on, if it’s harmless, take it on, but if it’s one that can cause serious health issues, or even death: call in the professionals. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Some insects love wood and will happily get down deep into the timber of your property. They will bore and then keep on boring, eating and thriving until all the wood is gone, rendering your house unlivable. That’s right, your home will be useless, left structurally unsafe and weakened to a point where all you can do is tear it down. That is potentially the entire cost of a new build. You could end up having to pay tens of thousands, even more, dollars. For these types of pests, get the professionals in. Fast. Nothing is worth losing your home over.
So, as always, step back, assess, and think: Can I actually save money, and if so can I do it easily, with minimum risks. Or, do I need to protect my home from destruction and safeguard my and my family’s life and thus call in the big guns, the professionals who have all the know-how, equipment and expertise.
The Knock Out or the Full Fight
If you spot a problem quickly - and before it has taken a hold within or around your home - you may well be able to get rid of it with one application of chemicals, or by setting up one round of traps.
One thing is for sure, it’s always great to knock out a potential pest in one quick blow, but unfortunately that tends to be anything but the norm. Why? Well, because by the time you spot a problem it usually means the infestation is going to need time, energy and money.
When the call for action needs a long-term approach you can opt to pay a monthly, or sometimes quarterly fee. This will see a professional visit your property on a scheduled basis to prevent the issue reoccurring. You basically pay to stop the critters from coming back and taking over yet again.
True, a contract that covers years of applications and checks may well be more of an expense than you planned for, but if it keeps your home and life permanently pest free then it is well worth the money. Just think of the stress you’ll save yourself and your family.
So again, step back, assess and think about a long-term approach, is a quick knock out blow really going to work, or is a full 12 rounds going to actually deliver the results you need?
To give you some idea of how much you may need to spend here are some average prices for what we have found from a cross section sample of cost data:
One Time Treatments
These come in at between US $250 to $500.
A typical first time treatment will come in anywhere between US $180to $200.
Regular visits can usually be scheduled as thus:
Monthly basis, averaging $40 to $45
Semi-Monthly averaging $50 to $60
Quarterly visits are presently averaging between $100 to $300
Of course these are only guiding estimates and factors such as the size of your property and the type and level of your particular pest infestation can result in costs that are considerably more – or less – than the ones we have averaged for you here.
Many pests can be waved goodbye to in one or two visits, smaller mammals, for example, can be handled by removing food sources and blocking access to where they’ve been taking up house.
Bees can often be removed by a beekeeper that, on relocating the queen, can have more honey for money and even see you receive the service for free. If it’s a one-off problem, such as a venomous reptile that has taken up residence, the problem can be gone in minutes, once the professional has located the unwanted guest, caught them and taken them away.
In all honesty nothing beats regular maintenance in handling those pests that love to come back. You can keep insects such as cockroaches, ants and flies at bay-and-away by following simple cleaning practices and common sense rules. Keep kitchen-tops and surfaces wiped down and put foodstuffs away.
Both easy methods of saving you cash, but whether you go with a monthly, semi-monthly or four times a year approach will all depend on how bad your infestation is.
Unfortunately where you live can make a huge difference on the type of pests you have to take on, the level of infestation and how regularly they’ll come back. Be climate aware, do you live in a dry or humid climate, do you have a harsh winter, are there seasonal bugs that swarm?
Know about the environment in which you live, its climate and its pests, because unless you live in a temperate area you are probably going to need regular visits from a professional exterminator. No ifs, buts or maybes and that means more costs. The type of climate that you live in will also see you spending more on cleaning products, as you will undoubtedly need to follow a stricter cleaning and prevention routine.
Infestations, great and small
Remember this: Where pests are concerned sooner is always better than later. Don’t waste a minute in taking action, the moment you see something that shouldn’t be in your home, snap to action and take it on. Get it, remove it and check for more. The sooner it’s gone, the quicker it has been found, then the less chance it has had to set up shop, reproduce and settle down to taking over your home.
Mice – A female produces 5 to 10 litters per year. These litters usually contain 5 to 6 individual mice, which in turn are able to reproduce in only 30 days. Just have a think about how many mice that can amount to in a only few months… a year.
This level of reproduction is common amongst the animals and insects we regard as pests. The rate at which they multiply is one of the reasons we categorize them as a nuisance in the first place. So regular visits from your exterminator are a must, as total removal is a near-impossibility (For example, the planet will never be totally cockroach free) and thus many pests need to be controlled, kept back and away through regular visit from pest control professionals.
Calculating how much you can afford to spend on pest control is a serious business - family budgets can be tight and squeezed as it is – and that’s even before you have to worry about getting rid of rodents, insects or other unwelcome guests.
So, what is the cheapest form of pest control? A DIY approach may well be the most affordable option, but always think about what results are going to be delivered by this tactic in the long-term.
Are glue traps and strips going to reduce your pest numbers to a point where you don’t see them, and thus don’t care any more? Or are the traps simply delaying a much more serious infestation that will cost even more money when you finally realize that you have to call in the professionals?
Ask around; find the company that best suits your needs. Ask friends and family how they got rid of certain pests. Did their DIY approach work, or was it a total waste of time and thus money? Tap into other people’s experiences and find which method is going to work best for you.
What to buy
On taking a walk around a local store, or by browsing the internet, it seems that there are just as many methods of eliminating unwelcome guests as there are actual types of pests, which means there are lots! Methods available include ultrasonic devices, sprays, glue traps, fly tape, natural pesticides, and more, most of which you can find reviews of across our site.
You can find invaluable information from our reviews and assessments of each method, leaving you well informed and confident in deciding which approach is best going to suit your family, your pocket and you.
The best time to call an exterminator is before any pests become a problem. Waiting until you’ve had enough of dealing with them on your own will only cost you more in the long run in terms of money and health. No one wants or needs the worry of dealing with creepy crawlies and rodents that have taken over so take action now and save cash, hassle and stress.