How much does pest control cost?
Pest control is a simple, effective and quick way of removing a vermin or insect infestation from your property – find out how much it costs here.
Rats, mice, squirrels, pigeons and moles are just some of the furry critters that can take up residence in your home, causing property damage and perhaps even posing a risk to your health. Fleas, pharaoh ants, bed bugs and cockroaches can also infest your house and may require professional removal. There are a number of ways to remove pests, such as fumigation, using traps and poisons or relying on more natural methods.
Traps and poisons
The idea of using traps and poisons to remove a pest problem may not sit comfortably with everyone – after all, they are not the most humane method available if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, done professionally, this proves an effective method of pest control and shouldn’t be overlooked. Some devices such as the traditional mouse trap can seem brutal, though some pest control specialists use traps that capture the animal and then they release it safely elsewhere.
Many bugs can be killed off through the use of chemical sprays but for the quickest method of pest control you should consider investing in an electric zapper trap, which will do the work for you. However, these are not effective at killing off serious infestations and pesticides are still often the best method to use in these cases. When hiring a professional who uses pesticides, ask them if the chemicals they are using comply with the Control of Pesticides Act 1986 and the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulation 1994. This will ensure the chemicals comply with the relevant government legislation and are safe to use.
Fumigation is only used for the most extreme infestations. In these cases the property is sealed off and a gas is pumped in, designed to kill all of the pests. This really is for the most serious infestations and is fairly expensive, yet thoroughly effective – you will probably have to leave the property for a few days in this case.
This is a way of reducing the number of pests on your property without the guilt associated with laying poison traps or the use of chemicals. Biological elimination works by introducing predators into the natural environment to hunt the pests in a natural manner, providing ecological balance and harmony to your property. This is best suited to large areas of lands and although somewhat effective, it won’t entirely remove a pest problem.
Removal of habitats
This is an easy and obvious way of removing pests – taking away their habitats or whatever it is that attracts them to the area. For instance, a pile of rubbish may seem to be a bountiful feast to a pack of rats – removing it will mean they won’t have food and will have to re-home themselves elsewhere. Rubbish should be kept in sealed or inaccessible containers to prevent rodents picking through them, as well as stopping flies or other insects from gathering. Warm and damp environments will attract termites and other insects, so look out for cracks or leaks in the attic and make sure the drainage is working properly outside the house. Another hotspot that attracts animals is underneath your shed where there is a gap to allow air circulation and to prevent the wooden floor from rotting. Pests will often nest here and the best way to stop them is by setting up a wire screen around the bottom of the shed.
The cost of pest control
Although most pest control is available at very reasonable prices, a larger infestation will cost more money to remove. Hire a professional to deal with your pest control problems because the use of chemicals and traps can be hazardous – it is best to use their expertise and ensure that you, your children and pets are not at risk from the use of dangerous chemicals or traps. The type of pest being removed will also affect the cost, for example, three treatments for rat removal will usually cost just over £60, or £50 for mice removal. Removing a wasp nest can cost £40 and there are sometimes discounts for the removal of multiple nests. The removal of fleas can cost anything from £40 to £120 depending on the size of your home and the infestation. An antinfestation will probably cost around £50 to be professionally removed.