Are You Paying Too Much For Pest Control?
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
What is pest control costing you? Some questions to consider:
How much does it cost for service?
Can my problem be resolved in one visit or is recurring service a better option to prevent pests from returning?
How much time does it take pest control company to resolve my issue?
How long am I willing to wait to for a solution?
Unwanted pests can be a terrible problem throughout your home and can go undetected for a long time till you have an infestation on your hands. You may have tried some DIY pest control using products from your local home improvement store such as boric acid, ant traps, “roach motels” or any number of commercially available sprays. Some of these products can be effective when pests are first noticed but can’t really target the root of the problem.
The average cost of pest control service ranges between $108 to $262 in the South Florida region* depending on the problem. Hiring a professional is the best way to identify, locate and target the pests. If you are concerned about hiring a professional to take care of the problem consider this:
Many household pests carry diseases such as salmonella (cockroaches) and Hantavirus (rodents).
Some insects like the carpenter ant can cause structural damage in the thousands of dollars.
Even insects as relatively harmless as an earwig (pincher bug) will leave eggs and feces in your food.
While you may know enough to avoid dangerous insects, your children and pets may not.
One-Time Service or Contract?
If you’ve never had an insect problem before and suddenly you start to see signs of pests, you may be able to call in the professionals for a one-time extermination. However, if the problem has been ongoing you may opt to hire an exterminator on a contract basis. Sometimes a one-time service is all you need to tackle your pest problem but with a recurring preventative service chances are the pests won’t comeback.
The typical cost for a one-time pest control service is around $300-$550*. This cost is higher than most listed averages because it’s a one-time visit only. In these cases, there is usually a lot of work including identifying the pest, assessing the problem and implementing a comprehensive targeted solution.
The cost of routine service can vary depending on the frequency of service. Most residual pesticides wear off after 60 days, so a bi-monthly service is always recommended, though other service frequencies are also available.
The three factors that can increase the cost are the size of your property, the level of infestation and location. Talk with your pest control professional about your options.
What Pest Require Ongoing Treatment?
Roaches, spiders, ticks, mice, rats, fleas and ants are the most common pests to require ongoing treatment. Your house provides them food, water and a safe nesting area, which is critical for their survival. Even if you take precautions and maintain a clean home they can still be there. They may come out at night seeking any morsels you may have left behind, eventually going farther and farther making your home their own. Things to consider:
Regular maintenance is a sure way to handle these problems. Talk to your technician and find out which service frequency is best for your home.
Climate can also influence the type and severity of your problem. Pests in South Florida seek shade and cooler places to live.
When to hire a professional?
When it comes to pest control, “the sooner the better” is a good motto. Tackling the problem while it’s still manageable is easier, faster and cheaper. Stopping the pests before they have an opportunity to nest and reproduce could save you a big hassle in the long run. Unfortunately, by the time you’ve seen the first one, it’s usually too late.
The best time to call an exterminator is before pests become a problem. If pests are still making their way into your home despite all your efforts to keep them out, it’s time to Trust the Professionals and give us a call. Our highly trained pest control technicians will assess the problem pests and devise a comprehensive solution to reduce and even eliminate any unwanted pests. Request a free quote here.
* Average cost of pest control service ranges in the South Florida region based off the True Trust Guide on Home Advisor