Pest Control Prices and Costs Guide – How Much Does Pest Control Cost?
Pests can invade your property at any time and as well as causing damage and a lot of stress, they can also pose a serious risk to your health. So if you spot a pest problem in your home don’t leave it to escalate, call in a professional – find out below how much pest control will cost you.
Common household pests
Here’s a list of the most common household and garden pests to watch out for:
- Rodents – rats and mice need to constantly gnaw to keep their teeth filed down and can cause damage by chewing furniture and fittings; they could even cause an electrical fire by destroying wires and cables. Rodents also carry health risks; brown rats carry 13 different kinds of parasites and diseases such as salmonella
- Bedbugs – are small and as flat as a piece of paper so they can fit in the tiniest of gaps in furniture and fittings, which makes them extremely hard to eradicate. Bedbugs come out while we sleep to feed on our blood, attracted by our warmth and the co2 we give off
- Bees, wasps and hornets – can be hard to identify, so you should hire a pest control specialist, as there are specific guidelines you must follow when dealing with bees, which are important for pollination. Wasps and hornets, however, are more aggressive and you may need to have their nests professionally removed
- Cockroaches – are very common, especially in crowded housing environments. They can carry diseases and love to hide in wall and ceiling voids, rubbish or furniture. It’s essential to keep a tidy home and garden to prevent cockroaches
- Ants – are a common garden pest which can also invade your home. However, ants are relatively easy to get rid of with the use of a quality powder
- Moles – this pest can seriously damage your garden; each mole creates their own huge network of tunnels and needs to eat their body weight in worms every day to survive. A pest control professional will probably use traps to catch moles, as many poisons are now banned
- Squirrels – can cause a lot of damage, chewing through woodwork, insulation, wiring and pipes. They can be aggressive when challenged and carry diseases – you’ll need to hire a professional to deal with squirrels
How much does pest control cost?
It’s hard to determine an average pest control price as private company rates vary. The following prices are taken from QuicKil, who belong to the British Pest Control Association in Essex and Brighton Pest Control:
- Wasp control – one nest costs £55 to treat with a spray (QuicKil)
- Bedbug treatment – three spray treatments will cost £135 for a three-bed property, £175 for a two-bed and £205 for a three-bed (QuicKil). Brighton Pest Control charge on a one-visit basis; £60 for a one-bed treatment, £100 for a two-bed and £130 for a three-bed
- Ant control – one spray treatment with a six to eight week guarantee will cost £60 (QuicKil)
- Flea control – one spray treatment with a six to eight week guarantee will cost £85 for a one-bed property, £95 for a two-bed and £105 for a three-bed (QuicKil)
- Cockroach treatment – one treatment for a two or three-bed house will cost £45 (Brighton Pest Control). Two gel or spray treatments for a one-bed property will cost £95, £110 in a two bed and £120 in a three-bed (QuicKil)
- Rodent control – four bait treatments cost £95 (QuicKil). Three treatments for a two/three-bed property will cost £90 to £95 (Brighton Pest Control)
- Mole treatment – two treatments will cost between £70 and £90, depending on how many mole hills there are in your garden (Brighton Pest Control)
- Squirrel control – two visits will cost £75 (QuicKil); two visits plus squirrel proofing will cost £175 (QuicKil)
Be aware that the cost of pest control services will vary depending on:
- Where you live
- The type of pest you need to get rid of
- The scale of your infestation
- How many visits you require
- Which pest control company you hire
- How large your property is
Low cost pest control
You should be able to access cheaper pest control services through your local council. Under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, each council is obliged to control the rodent population in their area. However, councils vary in the services they provide; some may only deal with certain types of pests, for example, so you should contact yours for advice. If you’re a private homeowner you also may not be eligible for complete pest control services from your council. There are some other ways you can lower your pest control costs, including:
- Secure your rubbish bins and keep your home and garden tidy to help prevent pests invading in the first place
- Block up any gaps and holes in the exterior of your property – rodents in particular have soft skeletons so can squeeze through even the tiniest spaces
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Pest control prices in London
Large cities like London can be more susceptible to pest problems and unfortunately, like most things in London, the cost of pest control will also be higher than it is in the rest of the country. London pest control services will also vary in price depending on what area of the city you live in, private companies will likely charge more than council pest control services like these:
- Rodent control in Newham costs £90
- Bed bug treatments in Camden will cost between £150 and £200
- Cockroach extermination costs between £100 and £120 in Southwark
- Wasp removal costs £55 in Ealing
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Hiring a pest control professional
It may be tempting (and cheaper) to carry out pest control yourself, however it’s safer and more humane to hire a professional. Qualified pest control specialists will be able to identify pests properly and know which treatment methods to use. Get at least three quotes before you hire; all pest control companies should carry out a free inspection and offer advice – be aware that you may need more than one treatment to get rid of pests completely. Check that your pest control professional is qualified, insured and has good references. You may want to look for someone registered with a trade association such as the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) or the British Pest Control Association (BPCA).
*Sources: British Pest Control Association, National Pest Technicians Association, Camden council, Southwark council, Newham council, Ealing council, QuicKil, Brighton Pest Control. Prices are accurate as of June 2012.