A can of bug spray might not seem like very much money. However, when you have pests invading your houseplants, rodents, or other bugs, it can get expensive to fight them all. Depending on what region you live in, the average cost of preventative pest control can be from $250 to $400.

What is preventative pest control?

A preventative pest control technician

Preventative pest control is scheduling a pest control technician to come to treat your home for pests on a set schedule.  This type of pest control is a proactive means of preventing pests from infesting a home or business. The technician that comes out will be treating both the home’s interior and exterior, as well as any outdoor plants.

What makes this type of pest control beneficial is that it aids in your not having to deal with pest issues in the future. It also aids in maintaining a healthy, sanitary environment for yourself and your loved ones.

Lastly, you can avert future damage to property and belongings when scheduling a preventative pest control appointment. Pest damage can include damage to electrical wires, linens, and wood furniture, in addition to so many other items.

What is reactive pest control?

When we talk about reactive pest control, it is about controlling a pest infestation that has already occurred.  You call the pest control company, and they send out a technician to apply pesticide to areas of infestation.

Reactive pest control services start off with a thorough inspection of the premises.  This inspection allows the technician to know where the pests are and what damage has been done.

Once the pest technician has located the source of your pest problem, they will apply the appropriate treatment needed.  Typical reactive pest control is emergency services scheduled in addition to the planned pest control remedies. Although this type of pest control is imperative, taking preventative measures is just as important. Prior to any proactive strategies for pest control, many homeowners schedule a reactive visit.

Should you do preventative pest control?

The biggest reason you need preventative pest control is that it is a plan of pest control for getting rid of bugs. Pests create a lot of damage to both your family’s health as well as the structure and basic foundation of your home.

The damage pests cause can be huge--from termites eating the structure to cockroaches leaving behind a trail of filth. Everyone’s worst nightmare is being the victim of a black widow or brown recluse spider bite rash as they are sleeping.

Hiring A.N.T. Pest Control to do preventive services guarantees these pest issues do not come to fruition.  Preventative pest control services are done to stop the growth of insect colonies. In addition, the professional technician's eyes are trained to assess and prevent future infestations.

Not only do preventative pest services prevent tiny pests, but it also ensures larger pests are kept at bay. These pests include critters of wildlife, like raccoons, squirrels, and roof rats. Threatening to cause damage to our home in the way of fires and other property and structural damage.

What is fair regarding exterminator costs?

A fair negotiation regarding exterminator costs

The following is a compilation of some of the fairest, average pest control prices are:

An average one-time visit for a pest control service is from $300 to $550.  This is a little higher than the average visit.

Sometimes you are going to require more than one pest control treatment to get rid of a pest problem. Pest management cannot be accomplished all in one individual visit.  If the pest control representative determines you are in need of several preventative pest control treatments, it could cost several hundreds of dollars. If repeat treatments are required, it could end up costing between $150 to $300.

First, the technician comes to your home or office to acknowledge you have an issue. The next step is to find where the root of the infestation lies. Then a plan of attack is formed, as well as some basic fumigating techniques and the setting of traps.

Preventative pest control requires setting up intermittent appointments with your pest control company. These calls can be done monthly, every other month, or every three months. Your pest control professional will advise accordingly due to the extent of your infestation.

Each appointment will be less than $100 if you choose monthly treatments. For a  plan that is quarterly, expect to pay around $300, and annually is going to be about $500.

If your home or business requires complete fumigation--or “tent” anticipate from two to several thousand dollars. (A good rule of thumb for fumigating is $1 to $4 per square foot)

Is pest control really worth It?

The answer to this question depends entirely on your priorities. Is it really worth it to take care of your home or business, and property? Do you value the things you have spent hard-earned money on? Below are some of the top reasons that prove why pest control is really worth it, beginning with the health and safety of your household.

  • Pests create a whole lot of damage

This is the most apparent argument in favor of a plan for preventative pest control. A pest infestation poses the potential for mass destruction. Pests threaten not only the structure of a home or office building but also the health of its occupants.

You might have termites or carpenter ants chewing away at every piece of wood in your home. Or you have cockroaches at home coming indoors in search of water and moisture, leaving a path of disease-ridden germs in their wake. Then there is that awful feeling of waking up only to notice you have been bitten by a spider. Whatever your reason may be, hiring a professional exterminator to take care of it is your best option.

Termites, ants and other pests creating damages

  • A pest control plan guards your biggest investment--your home & family

Before you even are aware you have a problem, pests can do a lot of harm to your home. Pests can also be wildlife--such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, mice, and rats. These critters are usually seeking food and shelter. In the process, they can do outrageously extensive damage. Wildlife pests will dig under the foundation of your home or get inside your attic and rustle around in the insulation. When they do this, it can create further damage to the plumbing and/or electrical wiring.

Then, you have those insect pests. Such as termites and carpenter ants. They will chew and gnaw on any wood they can get their incisors on! This can be studs, beams, or even the actual framework of your home! Wood-eating insects have even been known to do damage to antique wooden furniture inside a home.

Even the smaller ants are capable of chewing through colored electric wiring because it appears to contain sugar. Then there are the rodent pests. Most everyone is familiar with what a mouse, rat, squirrel, raccoon, or bat can do to a home. Rodents can damage the roofline of a home, the pipes in a basement, and the wiring in the attic.

Before you know it, the value of your home can be severely affected by pest damage. Therefore, maintaining a routine schedule of preventative pest control is well worth it.

  • Maintains financial security

Overall, the money spent on preventative pest control is much less than paying for damage repair. Those damages incurred from pests can be far in excess of a home mortgage and car note payment. The cost of a professional exterminator in preventative pest control is far less than this cost.

  • Gives you peace of mind

The health of your family (including pets) is extremely important to us. Pests threaten the health and safety of those people you love. Wildlife and bugs will bring unwelcome bacteria and the potential for disease into your home and other living spaces. By having a regular plan of pest control set up, you can verify the amount of wildlife and pest activity. This ensures your living area is healthy and clean.

What if I want to do pest control myself? What will it cost?

DIY pest control cost

For minor pest control issues--some non-biting ants, or certain spiders, you might be able to do it yourself. This will not cost you a lot of money, perhaps a few cans of bug spray from the hardware store. However, for those house guests who take up residence and cause a lot of damage, you will need professional help.

How much does it cost to spray for pests?

If you are planning on spraying pesticides, a professional extermination service charges a little less than $300. This is only an estimate. You will have to call the pest control company you decide to go with for an exact estimate.

How often do you really need pest control?

It is advisable for home or apartment dwellers every two to three months to have a planned pest control treatment. When this is done, you will impede common pests from taking up residence in your apartment or house. Monthly treatments are advisable for serious pest infestation during a period of three to six months.

How long do these treatments normally last?

Pest control treatments every other month will avert spiders, silverfish, rodents, and other pests from coming inside your home.  On average, a pest treatment of mild strength lasts at least three weeks. If you have an extreme treatment done, it can last three months or longer. Additionally, the treatment utilized is the ultimate determining factor regarding how long it lasts.

What is the national average cost for pest control services?

Preventative pest control costs are not determined exclusively by the type of pest. The region in which you live is another deciding factor. Overall, the national average cost for pest control services is between $200 and $600.

We visited some of the most popular regions within the United States, and here is what we discovered. The average cost in Orlando, Florida is around $150; in Raleigh, North Carolina, it is $95 to $210.  The New York area averages about $255, and Portland, Main, is between $160 t0 $350.

What elements determine preventive pest control costs?

An expert from A.N.T. professional pest control company

A professional pest control company sets its rates for preventative pest control. And just like the rat extermination cost,  there are several factors to determining the cost amount. It is not as simple as it might at first appear. A pest company cannot just set a flat rate.

There are many different elements creating an impact on what the final charge may be. Below is a list of the deciding factors a pest control company must take into consideration when quoting prices:

  • What kind of service is needed?
  • How often pest control service be required?
  • What are the main pest species being treated?
  • How large or small is the property or building being treated?
  • How severe is the infestation?
  • What region of the country is the treatment being requested in?
  • The experience level of the pest control company

What is a preventative pest control service?

What it is not is a service with pricing that is one-size-fits-all. A pest control service is a service that takes a look at every aspect involving an infestation. As a matter of fact, when the exterminator specialist arrives, they will assess your home and property and use this assessment as a basis for their quote.

If you have a problem with bugs or rodents, you need to call the professionals. A preventative pest control service cost, on average, can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to several hundred. Depending on what action is required. These costs can vary from mild to extreme-- such as requesting the removal of a beehive to fumigating for termites.

What type of services are recommended?

During the initial visit, most pest control companies advise how often the services may be needed. In rare cases, the problem can be resolved at the initial visit to spray pesticides. However, typically, the pest control specialists are going to suggest quarterly inspections and treatments.

Based on what pest is infesting your home and how severe the damage is will also determine how much you are charged.

An expert doing pest control services inspections & recommendations

How are yearly pest control costs determined?

How much does preventative pest control cost per year? Annually, pest control costs can cost literally thousands of dollars. An inspection performed at the initial visit is done. This is what essentially determines the extent of the invasion and what damage was created by it.

However, these costs may be reduced significantly by setting up a plan of preventative pest control that is paid monthly.

In addition, you can use some cheaper, do-it-yourself options. Yet DIY isn’t going to be quite as comprehensive a service as one offered by a professional exterminator.

What is a Canine Inspection?

Some pest problems are so bad that pest control companies require the assistance of a dog to find them. This special case is referred to as a canine inspection. It is when the aid of a dog’s super-smelling senses is used to find where the problem lies.

Canine inspections can start at around $200. How big your property is depends on whether the price is going to increase. Sometimes it is needed to set some baits and traps to find the critter hiding spots. The preventive pest control cost is normally not as costly when using baiting techniques.

Getting rid of them without harming their natural habitat

When you want to get rid of pests, you want to do it without causing damage to the environment. This can be done by using the following environmentally friendly pest control methods: Essential oils, diatomaceous earth, and other physical barriers.

Are services and products used green?

Green products and practices are what A.N.T. Pest Control company is prioritizing

We all want to do our part in protecting the environment. Therefore, you need to verify with your pest control provider that you are only using green products and practices. These techniques that are friendly to the environment aid in providing a better service to the customers.

Some pest control providers allow customers to inquire about the use of a specific product for pest prevention and removal. This is often included in the company's original price or estimate. Other businesses might attach an additional fee to this request. One that is conditional to how much and where you need to alter a specific product.

Is it safe for pets and children?

One of the primary reasons for wanting preventative pest control is to protect our little ones and pets. Therefore, we are also concerned about what type of products are being used and whether they are safe. Don’t forget to ask these imperative questions when interviewing the pest control company prior to hiring.

What if I have to cancel a scheduled visit?

Sometimes life happens and forces us to alter or cancel plans we have made. Customers are concerned that should they have to cancel a previously scheduled appointment, the pest company will charge a fee. Any charges or fees for cancellation or rescheduled visits need to be included in the contract.

Is my contract renewable each year?

Another question you should ask your pest control provider is whether the contract is renewable each year. Ensure every conversation is backed up with an official document, summing up all the specifics in black and white. The contract needs to have the company name and information about how to contact the technician/owner. Additionally, should the pest control provider make any promises, these need to be outlined as well.

How much does it cost to treat termites?

Termite control services for a home infested by a termite

One of the biggest fears as a homeowner is discovering you have a termite infestation. Termite colonies develop within the ceiling or walls, with the queen termite laying nearly a thousand eggs annually.

There can be more than a million single termites in these colonies! In many cases, the homeowner doesn’t even know these pests exist until the colony is already well established. Because they consume wood, this is what makes their presence so alarming to homeowners.

Termites can quickly gut out a home, destroying its very framework and foundation. Costing unheard-of sums of money to repair the damage they cause.

Does the size of my home and type of product impact cost?

Certain factors come into play when determining pest control prices. These factors can be how large or small your house is. In addition to the size of a house, the type of products required holds a great impact as well.

For example, a home that is 3000 square feet costs more for pesticides than a condo half the size. In addition, areas exceeding 1500 square feet are typically charged $25 for every 1000 square feet over.

What can affect these costs?

Requesting a pest control company to use eco-friendly products will affect the costs. Moreover, if it is going to require ongoing treatment to treat certain pest problems, this could also increase the cost of preventative pest control.

The average cost for pest maintenance requires for multiple treatments is usually around $150 to $300. However, serious pest problems can cost as much as $7000 for a pest control service to get under control.

How is a serious infestation treated?

For small infestations, normally, the pest company will be able to control it with chemical sprays. However, a serious infestation usually requires fumigation. If you have an earwig problem, the average preventative pest control cost to get rid of them range from $100 to $400.  These pests are typically outdoors, yet they sometimes find ways to get inside.

Anther pests that will come indoors are carpenter ants and fire ants. Both of these pests are capable of destroying a garden, yard, bugs, insects, and wildlife.

The first thing the professional pest control company must do when inspecting for pests is to find the entry point. This often requires the technician to have access to crawl spaces and other areas within your home.

Pests like carpenter ants and fire ants creating a serious infestation

What are some cost averages?

Depending on what part of the country you live in, the average preventative pest control costs can vary. For example, if you live in Orlando, FL, the average is in the $150 range. In Raleigh, NC, you might be paying $95-210 for the same services. Yet, if you live in New York City, the average costs are anywhere from $120 to $495. Therefore, you can see how location affects the average pest control costs throughout the country!

What if I have a bed bug infestation?

The preventative pest control cost for a bed bug infestation is around $300 to $5000. The average cost is about $1750. Due to the fact a bed bug is able to sustain longer sans food, it costs more for extermination.

How much does pest control cost for bed bugs?

If you are wondering how much pest control costs for bed bugs, it can be as much as $8000 for a bed bug exterminator to get rid of bed bugs in a 1500-square-foot home. Depending on the length of time it takes to successfully complete the job also depends greatly on the exterminator cost.

Do companies offer free estimates?

A majority of pest control professionals offer potential clients a free estimate for their control service. Pest professionals will give a no-obligation, free estimate as well as exclaim the treatment options for pest management.

The type of pest management and services being requested are the determining factors regarding costs. When the initial visit is a one-time visit, your cost for the preventative pest control service will be lower.

What are some average costs of pest management services?

Popular pest management services requested by renters and homeowners, as well as the average costs:

Will preventative pest management help wild animals?

Use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to also help wild animals

Through a perfect combination of cultural and biological controls, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is able to restrain the use of pesticides. This is done to keep certain populations of pests beneath levels that are damaging to the economy. This will also lower the dangerous effects pesticides have on wild animals, natural resources, and humans.

Does DIY pest control work?

DIY pest control is simple for small pest problems involving spiders, ants, garden pests, and roaches. With some over-the-counter pesticides, you can apply chemical treatments similar to how pest control providers do.

Some diy pest projects might be trapping large wild animals or rodents. Other DIY methods include treating outdoor pests and seasonal pests.

Annual pest control vs. monthly pest control?

Preventative pest control annual costs are about the same as initial treatment, about $300 to $500.  If you need a pest professional for only minor infestations, this is the most ideal form of pest maintenance plan.  However, for termite control, bed bugs, or some other dangerous pest, you might want to opt for the monthly.

What are heat treatments?

When you want an exterminating type that is friendly towards the environment, heat treatments, or it. Also known as “thermal control,” this is an approach that exterminates pests using high temperatures.  This is an extermination process that, instead of pesticides, uses heat to eradicate pests. Many people with health conditions, pets, or young children prefer this method over using harsh chemicals.

How much does pest control cost for termites?

Do you have a termite problem and need help with termite control? If you are wondering how much pest control for termites costs, it is typically just shy of $600. However, the total preventative pest control cost depends entirely on the extent and damage created by the termite infestation. While a smaller infestation of termites might be a little over $100 to treat, a larger infestation can go upwards of $1000.

When is it time to call a professional pest control company?

If you have called other professional pest control companies to get cost estimates about their pest control service cost but aren't satisfied with the results. Call A.N.T. Pest Control, one of the commercial pest control companies. During your phone call, we will provide free estimates on all common household pest treatments.

Call us today, and we will answer your questions about how much pest control costs. We can give you monthly service or annual pest control costs.

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