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.
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.
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.
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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.