Cost of Home Pest Control
Paying for pest control is an annoying expense, we totally get it.
It’s not only about spending your hard-earned money on it when you could have just spent it on something else. A home that’s overridden with pests is not only aggravating. It’s also a legitimate health risk.
However, pest control treatments for prevention or for extermination, are done to ensure that your home stays intact, safe, and comfortable for the whole family.
There are a number of different forms of pest control. Whether you are going for the strong synthetic methods or you prefer the natural ones, you should acquaint yourself with the costs involved both for preventative care and for damage-control.
The Factors that Affect Pest Control Costs
As with any industry, there are a number of external and internal factors that affect the cost of a product or service. The pest control industry is no different.
The basic pest control treatment that companies provide typically includes common household pests like cockroaches, ants, spiders, rats, mice, etc. The prices you can expect to pay will depend on various factors.
These include but are not limited to the following:
- Types of products
- Treatment or procedures
- Location of the property
- Access to the area
- Frequency of service
More specialised treatments, like those that control termites, fleas, bedbugs, are more costly. This is because these require different products and more progressive procedures.
Pest control in Australia usually ranges from $120 to $700, depending on the treatment to be done and some other factors, like the ones given above.
Here’s a list of the approximate cost for pest control, considering the size of the property and the area where treatment will be done:
- $130 for a 3 bedroom house for one-off treatment internal and external spray
- $170 for a 4 bedroom house for one-off treatment internal and external spray
- $250-$300 for general pest control
- $350-$450 for exterior pest control treatment
- $450-$750 for full interior and exterior treatment
The Cost Comparison: DIY Treatments vs. Hiring a professional
Thinking of handling your pest control yourself? DIY comes with a fair set of challenges but it also has its perks.
Here are all the considerations you need to make when you’re weighing up your options:
If you’re doing your pest control yourself, the cost depends on the products you need and the pests you want to exterminate.
Some products cost as little as $5 while others cost well over $100, especially if the products come in a large quantity and you only require a small amount.
Ongoing monthly preventative care ranges between $40 – $60 while treatment for an infestation would cost you around $200 – $600, depending on the type of pests and the severity of the case.
DIY Pest control can be strenuous. You will have to research what the best options are for the pest you’re trying to eliminate. You will also have to spend some time learning how to use it and where to source it.
There’s a possibility that your first attempt at exterminating those pests will be successful but there is an also greater chance that it will not. Or it will only be for short-term and these pests will be back again in your home.
When you hire a pest control company, all you need to do is ask for a quote and schedule your pest control appointment. Since you are dealing with professionals, the chances of successfully eliminating or preventing the pests in your home are much higher.
In terms of DIY, you are naturally at risk. There’s the risk of not doing the pest control right, not using the most appropriate product for the job.
You may do some research, but be sure to refer to reliable sources. Also, ensure the information is up to date. Oftentimes, products are recalled after years of being on the market because they are linked to health or safety issues. Professionals will be aware of these risks.
Alongside that, you may not have the necessary equipment or the know-how to apply the products safely. Learning experiences are always valuable, but not at the cost of your well-being and your family’s safety.
If you DIY your home pest control, you can expect to pay less than if you hired a professional exterminator.
However, if time is money, you will have to factor that in the research time, the learning experience, and the time it takes to source your materials and actually do the job.
Remember, professionals also offer a warranty on their work. That means, you’re covered for the damages and if the infestations reoccur, you’re covered for that treatment too.
If you DIY your pest control, you will have to cover your own losses and reapply the treatments yourself, which may lead to repeat experiences down the line.
Undoubtedly, doing pest control in your own home is absolutely essential.
Now, the decision whether to DIY or to call a pro is totally up to you. When you assess the pest situation in your home, you can more or less see if you can still manage the situation or not.
Hiring a professional pest control is not really needed when you see a single pest. There are also other techniques that you can to prevent or exterminate a few pests here and there.
However, when you are doing all of these techniques and you are seeing more sightings, be wise and start seeking for a professional pest company.
Pest control doesn’t have to be costly. Seek for quotes and always ask until you get the information and service that feels right for your home and budget.