How Much Does Pest Control Cost?

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There is a wide range of pests in the UK that affect commercial and residential properties. These include rodents, insects, and birds, all of which behave differently, appear for different reasons, and cause different problems for property owners. Even a relatively minor infestation can have severe consequences for human health and property.  There are plenty of off-the-shelf DIY pest control solutions out there. Still, these have limited effectiveness, especially compared to the results achieved by using a professional pest control service. Many people also severely underestimate the threat that a pest infestation can pose to them and their possessions. Living or working around pests isn’t just unpleasant; it’s inherently dangerous. If you think you might have a pest infestation on your property, you should call in a professional pest control service as soon as possible; they are more than worth the asking price. Below is a breakdown of the costs and expenses you can expect when hiring a pest control professional.

How Are Pest Control Costs Calculated?

Pests are found in both urban and rural environments. However, you are much more likely to encounter pests if you live in the heart of a major city like London. Pests will go wherever they can find the shelter and food they need to survive and breed. These tend to be the same places where humans reside densely or in large numbers. As a result, thousands of property owners in the UK find themselves fending off pest infestations every year. There are readily available and easily affordable solutions for dealing with them for the most minor infestations or cases of individual pests. But once you have a severe full-blown pest infestation on your hands, you need to call in the heavy hitters. Pest control costs can vary depending on your property’s size and location and the nature of the infestation itself, and the recommended treatment for it.  The table below shows the average pest control costs, excluding VAT, for various pest and property types.  
Type of pest One-bedroom home Two-bedroom home Three-bedroom home Four-bedroom home
Spiders £120-140 £140-160 £160-180 £200-230
Mice £100-140 £120-160 £140-180 £200-220
Cockroaches £120-140 £140-160 £160-180 £230-260
Bed Bugs £100-120 £120-140 £140-160 £180-280
Woodworms £150-200 £200-250 £250-300 £280-350
Mosquitoes £100-200 £150-250 £200-300 £280-350
Rats £120-160 £140-180 £160-200 £200-240
Moths £120-220 £140-240 £160-260 £300-320
Fleas £80-100 £100-120 £120-140 £160-220
Flies £100-200 £150-250 £20-250 £250-300
Squirrels £100-200 £175-200 £200-300 £240-300
Ants £100-140 £120-160 £160-180 £200-230
Not every pest control business charges according to the size of the property. Some businesses base their pricing entirely on the size and scale of the infestation or treatments required. More complex infestations that require multiple treatments will naturally attract a higher price than simple infestations that pest controllers can deal with in a single visit. Pest controllers need to strike a balance between keeping their prices competitive and covering the costs of administering the required treatments. If curing the infestation requires multiple visits or treatments, that’s beyond the pest control business’s control.

What Does Pest Control Entail?

That covers how much pest control costs, but what do you get for your money? Here is what hiring most pest control businesses will entail:
  • The first part of the process will involve the pest control business sending a technician to your property to assess the situation. Without seeing for themselves precisely what they are dealing with, they can’t give you an accurate estimate for the time and costs required to deal with the infestation.
  • Once they have conducted their assessment and taken stock of the situation, the pest control experts will be able to discuss your options and provide you with an accurate picture of the work involved and the kind of costs you can expect. If there are multiple treatment options available, you can choose the one best suited to your needs and schedule. Treatments can include spraying, fumigation, and removal or destruction of habitats.
  • Most treatments take a couple of hours to apply, but the times involved will vary depending on what pest you have and the scale of the infestation. Serious infestations or infestations involving certain pests will require multiple visits and the application of multiple treatments.
Pests can cause significant problems for property owners and the people that live in or frequent infected premises. Not only are pests unpleasant to be around, but they also spread diseases. It’s easy to underestimate just how much of a danger pest infestations are for people and their property. No one wants to share their home with rodents or encounter pests every time they visit a business. Professional pest control is worth the price for the peace of mind it brings. With DIY solutions and off-the-shelf pest control, you can never be sure that treatments will be successful. But when you call in pest control professionals, you get complete peace of mind; you know that your problem will be dealt with thoroughly and completely. Pest control prices will vary from business to business, but the averages above should give you a good idea of the kind of costs to expect. However, when it comes to pests, prevention is the best cure. The best thing you can do to keep pests out of your property is to keep it clean and tidy and make sure you clean up after yourself. Cleaning your property will eliminate the most immediate sources of food that attract pests and keep your pest control costs to a minimum by preventing them from showing up in the first place.

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