The Cost of Pest Control

All you need to know about pest control including costs of materials, labour and time frames.

Pest Control

What the job entails

There is nothing worse than having your home infested with unwanted wildlife! Rats and mice can cause damage to furniture and cables with their incessant gnawing, while at the same time posing a serious health risk. Bedbugs feed on your blood while you sleep, cockroaches carry diseases and are disgusting, stinging insects like bees, wasps and hornets will of course sting you, ants will invade your house and get everywhere, while moles and squirrels will cause a great deal of damage to your home and garden.

There are a number of ways to remove pests including fumigation, traps and poisons, plus more natural methods like changing habitats to make them less attractive to infestation. Traps and poisons may not be the most humane method but they are an effective method when done professionally. There are modern traps available which are less brutal than the traditional mouse trap and can capture the animal so it can be released safely elsewhere. Pesticides can also be really effective when dealing with serious bug infestations and are often the best method. But be careful if using pesticides on your own as they can be dangerous to other animals including pets. When hiring a professional who uses pesticides always check the chemicals they are using comply with the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulation 1994 and the Control of Pesticides Act 1986. If traditional pesticide treatments do not work then fumigation can be considered, but this should be reserved for only the most serious of infestations as the property has to be sealed off and vacated for a few days. It is also pretty expensive, yet is extremely effective!

A modern method of pest elimination called biological elimination can also be used in some cases. This involves reducing the number of pests without using poison traps or nasty chemicals. Biological elimination means introducing predators into the environment that will hunt the pests in a natural way, bringing ecological balance to your property. This however won’t normally entirely remove a pest problem, but will reduce it. The easiest and most obvious way of removing pests is to take away their habitats or whatever else it is that attracts them to the area in the first place. For example, leaving rotten food lying around in rubbish bags will of course attract rats, but if you stop doing this they will have no food and will move on elsewhere! Keep rubbish in sealed or otherwise inaccessible containers to prevent attracting rodents as well as flies and other insects. Prevention is always better (and cheaper) than cure, so avoid making your home attractive to pests!

It’s difficult to provide a precise pest control cost as the rates charged by private companies vary considerably. So all prices provided are rough averages taken from a variety of contractors of all sizes across the UK. Typically to treat a single wasps nest will cost around £55, to treat carpets and furniture for fleas will cost from £80 to £150 depending on the size of the property. For bedbugs expect to pay £135 to £215, ant control treatments cost around £60 but may need to be redone every few months, cockroach treatment for a two or three-bed house will cost around £50, rodent control around £100, mole or squirrel treatment around £80.

The actual price of pest control services will vary based on your location, the kind of pests you need to get rid of, the scale of the infestation, the size of the property and the type of pest control company you hire. It always makes sense to try and get cheaper pest control services via your local council if possible. Local authorities are obliged under the Damage by Pests Act 1949 to control the rodent population in their regions. But many councils will offer additional pest control services so you should contact your local authority for guidance. If you’re a private homeowner, you might not qualify for free pest control services from the council, but you may still find the council services are cheaper than the prices charged by private companies. You can of course try and reduce your pest control costs by going the DIY route. Mouse traps can be purchased cheaply and some chemical treatments are available over the counter in hardware stores. But for most infestations, particularly serious ones, it is more humane and effective to hire a qualified specialist that is registered with the National Pest Technicians Association or the British Pest Control Association.

The Cost of Pest Control

The average material cost of pest control will depend on what type of pest you want to control. Materials for pest control may include fumigation, traps, poisons and tools.

The average pest control specialist will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day. Typically, controlling pests should not take a full day unless there is a major infestation. A brief insight of the job, the specialists will identify the pests and their location. The method of control will then be selected by the homeowner and the pest controller, who will then proceed with the job. Some pest control jobs may be a continual process as some infestations are unlikley to be controlled overnight. The infested area may need retreating to control the pests.

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a pest control specialist to complete various jobs:

Job Description Avg. Cost Duration
Treatment of a wasps nest £50-£75 1-2 hours
Treatment of carpets and furniture for fleas £80-£150 3-4 hours
Treatment for bed bugs £135-£215 4-8 hours
Treatment for ant control £50-£100 1-2 hours
Treatment for cockroaches £50-£100 1-2 hours
Rodent control £75-£125 2-3 hours
Mole or squirrel control £75-£125 2-3 hours


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs of Rodent Control - Total Cost: £100

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Materials
£30

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Tradesmen
£70

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Waste Removal
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FAQ's

You can of course look for the various different clues and symptoms left by different types of pests, but the best way to identify your pest problem is to schedule a pest inspection by an expert.
Yes, many insects such as cockroaches and bed bugs can spread illnesses and trigger allergic reactions, particularly in children. Bug infestation is a health issue.
Bag up all linens, bedding and clothing on a very hot wash (60 to 90 degrees Celsius). Simple empty the affected area and hot wash everything, then thoroughly hoover around the bedroom including the mattress and then throw away the mattress bag. After a pest control procedure you should avoid washing the area as you could wash off the products applied by your exterminator, so leave everything for a few days to settle.
Unregulated over the counter pesticides are not as effective against pests, though they can work against a mild infestation. The truly effective solutions are available only for the industry experts. Remember that if you use the store bought solution and fail to eradicate the problem, all you doing is increasing the resistance of the pest against the pesticide. It will then become more difficult and expensive to eradicate an infestation when you call in the experts - so you may as well call them in from the start!