How much does it cost to hire an exterminator to eliminate pests?
Anyone who’s ever seen an ant scurry across their kitchen floor or watched a spider dangle from their living room ceiling knows that cohabitation with pests is a problem.
Pest infestations can damage your property, create an uncomfortable atmosphere for your family and, in some cases, contaminate your home.
The quickest and most effective method of eliminating unwanted pests? It’s not at the hardware store. For lasting, safe extermination you should hire a professional pest control service to treat your home for the unwanted insects, spiders or animals.
Beyond being creepy, pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose your family members to illness. For instance, cockroaches carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies and can also cause or intensify health problems related to allergies and asthma.
Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, which is a dangerous condition often associated with symptoms such as rashes, severe fatigue and extreme illness.
Ants can contaminate your food, and bees or wasps can cause injuries and trigger dangerous allergic reactions.
Fortunately, even before calling an exterminator, there are some things you can do to make your home unappealing to bugs.
Identify, eliminate pests
Most pest control companies can eliminate many different types of pests, including spiders, rodents and all sorts of insects — ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, termitesand wasps.
Different types of baits and chemicals are required to extract and eliminate different types of pests. A licensed pest control technician will know the safe and proper dosages of these chemicals to apply and when and where to apply them.
A significant benefit of hiring a pest control service is that the professionals have the training and experience to identify the types of pests infiltrating your property and determine how best to eliminate them. The companies can eradicate certain pests by using poisoned bait, bait that leads into a trap or various chemicals. Some pest control companies specialize in organic or green pest control.
Live bee-trapping and relocation is becoming more common as more people recognize the buzzing insects role in food production and pollination.
Finding the source
Professionals can maximize the effect of a pest control treatment by also locating the source of the infestation.
If you eliminate the pests but don’t find the source attracting them to your home, more infestations are likely. Pest control companies can determine the cause of your problem, find the specific source and eliminate it to prevent future infestations.
Sources might include egg batches, garbage, nests, plants, soil, pet food or particular areas in your walls.
A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to fix the infestation yourself. Because of their experience and chemicals that may not be readily available to consumers, they can quickly implement extermination plans and efficiently eliminate all pests in a relatively short amount of time.
Most companies can complete pest control treatment services within one to six hours, while larger problems that require fumigation can take up to a week.
The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time.
Many pests and rodents can damage your home — destroying carpets, clothes, foundations, floors, furniture, rugs or walls. This can eventually force you to repair the damage or pay to have it fixed.
Paying a licensed professional to eradicate the pest infiltration quickly and effectively can protect your property.
The exact price of pest control treatment depends on the type of pest, size of your property, severity of the problem and the professional you hire.
The average price for most pest control services ranges from about $100 to $250. However, larger termite problems that require fumigation can be more expensive, averaging from $1,000 to $3,000.
You can also contract with exterminators to proactively treat your property at periodic intervals during the year to ensure your home remains pest-free all year long. The average price for periodic treatment typically ranges from $30 to $70 per month or per quarter.