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How Much Does Pest Control Cost?

low costGeneral Pest Treatment: $50-$600+average costAnt Control: $10-$1,000+high costWildlife Removal: $200-$1,000+

Pest Control can vary from spraying pesticides to eliminate ants, cockroaches, spiders and other insects inside the home, to trapping and cleaning up after wildlife that's found shelter in the attic, basement, crawlspace or other secluded indoor areas. Control methods and costs will be significantly different depending on the type of pest.

Typical costs:

  • General pest treatment for insects such as spiders, roaches (except German roaches), crickets, earwigs, millipedes or centipedes can be $50-$300 or more for a first application (typically spraying interior baseboards and/or along the exterior of the residence, and/or installing reusable bait traps), depending on local rates, the type of pests present and the size of the house. Most pest control companies either recommend or require regular maintenance visits, which can be $25-$60 for monthly applications or $30-$110 for quarterly service, making a total annual cost of $300-$600 or more. (Note that some companies quote monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly charges but require payment in advance on an annual basis.)
  • For bed bugs, an initial visual inspection to identify the problem can be free or cost $50-$200 or more; or an inspection by a dog specially trained to detect bed bugs can cost $300-$600. Bed bug treatment can cost $250-$900 per room; total costs can be $1,000-$10,000+ depending on what's needed. For details, see How Much Does Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Cost.
  • Termite extermination can be accomplished a variety of ways -- using chemicals ($1,350-$2,500 for a 1,250-square-foot home); bait (around $1,500 for 1,250 square feet); fumigation ($200-$2,500 for 1,250 square feet); heat ($1,200-$2,500 for 1,250 square feet); or electricity or microwaves (about $1,150 for a small infestation). See How Much Does Termite Control Cost.
  • Ant control is usually included in a general pest control treatment and maintenance program, but specific service for fire ant control can be $10-$50 or more for do-it-yourself efforts or $100-$300 or more for treatments by a pest control company or landscaping service. Carpenter ant control starts around $25-$50 for a do-it-yourself approach eliminating an easily accessible outdoor nest to as high as $500-$1,000 or more to have a professional do a drill-and-dust application to every void in every wall in the house. See How Much Does Ant Control Cost or How Much Does Fire Ant Control Cost. Bee or wasp removal can range from free to have a healthy honey bee swarm or easy-to-reach hive removed by a beekeeper to $100-$700 or more, depending on where the nest/hive is located and how many bees or wasps it contains. See How Much Does Bee Removal Cost.
  • Removing unwanted wildlife that has moved into an attic, crawlspace, basement or other area of a home can cost $200-$1,000 or more depending on the type of animal and how difficult it is to trap. Potential uninvited animal houseguests can include squirrels, feral house cats, raccoons, skunks, opossums, armadillos or porcupines. Bat removal can cost $300-$1,500 to remove a small to medium (50-200) bat colony. Snake removal may cost $100-$600 or more depending on local rates, travel times, and the type and size of the snake. Measures to prevent future snake entry might add another $100-$500 or more to the total cost. Mice or rat control can be $200 to $2,000 for removal and cleanup, depending on the extent of the infestation and damages. Costs for professional squirrel eviction and exclusion can total $300-$1,500 or more. Mole or gopher control can cost $50-$500 or more.
Related articles: Ant Control, Bee or Wasp Removal, Flea Control, Termite Control

Shopping for pest control:
  • Different techniques are required to control insect pests like termites or roaches than when dealing with wildlife, so animal removal companies are generally a separate business from pest control services. Some pest control companies have a division that does wildlife removal work, but typically with a completely separate staff from its pest control services.
  • The National Pest Management Association and the Termite Institute offer online locators to search for a local pest control company. The Environmental Protection Agency lists tips for choosing a pest control company[1] .
  • Search for wildlife removal experts through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association[2] or the National Wildlife Trapper Directory[3] . The Humane Society of the United States lists tips for choosing a wildlife removal company[4] .
  • Ask for references from satisfied customers.
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Posted by: Aderinto Feyi in Newark, NJ.Posted: March 25th, 2019 08:03PM
Type of Animal: TermitesRemoval Method: Spray
Firm or Product Used: Service First
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Amount: $1,650.00
Posted by: Bob W in Middleton, TN.Posted: June 19th, 2018 06:06PM
Firm or Product Used: Cooks pest control
We live in the woods on a lake. Our entire 2500sq ft home is protected from everything, ants, termites, wasps, bees, mice, you name it. Once we hired them everything was gone in a month. That $1650.00 covered the entire year and initial services including monthly service and next year we'll pay $42.00 a month. Our technician LePaz is a great guy, works hard listens to our concerns and takes care of any problems that crop up without additional cost. Excellent company!
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Amount: $180.00
Posted by: Pamela K in Wilsonville, OR.Posted: March 26th, 2018 10:03PM
I signed up for quarterly ant treatment since I have been having an ant problem continuously. Kanga came and treated the interior and exterior of home initial visit. In a couple of days ants were gone! Very happy that the ants are gone! Kanga was quick to get this issue taken care of for me and did a excellent job!
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Excellent Pest control
Amount: $77.00
Posted by: Tim 14475 in Haymarket, VA.Posted: December 7th, 2017 08:12AM
Firm or Product Used: Ataraxia Pest Solutions
I pay $70 a quarter (280 a year) for Complete pest coverage, animal trapping, and exclusion work. Included are free reservices and a pest free home warranty! Excellent company!!
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Amount: $85.00
Posted by: nickolas in Trenton, NJ.Posted: September 7th, 2016 11:09AM
Firm or Product Used: ) & A Pest Nest
the only thing this company does good is LIE. Give this bum a call and waste his time, he deserves it.
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Amount: $65.00
Posted by: James Agney in Westerly, RI.Posted: August 18th, 2016 10:08AM
Type of Animal: AntsRemoval Method: Baits and Spray
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They came, saw, and I don't have ants anymore. Well worth the money. I had tried using ant baits myself but was plagued with them in my kitchen. I guess that is why they are the pros.
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Pest control
Amount: $549.00
Posted by: Lori S in Huron, TN.Posted: July 29th, 2016 07:07PM
Firm or Product Used: Cooks Pest Control
Seems to be a good price. Very courteous. Sprays for almost all pests including mice and will come for free at any time to remove pests if I ask.
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Amount: $42.00
Posted by: Steve N. in Frederick, MD.Posted: April 21st, 2016 01:04PM
Type of Animal: carpenter ants/beesRemoval Method: spray/dust/gel
Firm or Product Used: JC Ehrlich
$265 for initial inspection and treatment. $42 per month after that. They come by every 4 months, but will come on demand, if asked, at no extra charge. Seems high priced, but service man was courteous and knowledgeable.
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Amount: $135.00
Posted by: Legendary Mom in KELSO, WA.Posted: April 14th, 2016 02:04PM
Firm or Product Used: Terminex
I have been with Terminex since 2008, it's not 2016. Every year I get a $5 increase in my bill. I finally called and complained. They spray outside 4 times a year and each time I pay $135. The response I got was shocking to me. They said.. We have to keep up with costs, you can either deal with the $5 a year increase or leave.. No desire to lower their prices to keep me as a loyal customer. I'll be searching for new service.
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Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Jo bo in Boca Raton, FL.Posted: December 27th, 2015 03:12PM
Firm or Product Used: RKJMO PEST CONTROL
Great company, 40 everymonth and charged me only 40 again when I had rats. He came out four times to pick up the Rats he trapped. Took one month and I have not seen any others. Call 561-901-5739 his office.
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Monthly pest control
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Robert Remington Jr in Ocala, FL.Posted: August 17th, 2015 05:08PM
Firm or Product Used: Local service
Seems a bit expensive for the 10 minutes it takes.
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Regular bi-monthly pest control
Amount: $70.00
Posted by: a user in Riverside, CA.Posted: July 13th, 2015 01:07PM
Type of Animal: pests/miceRemoval Method: masterline/tenguard/traps
Firm or Product Used: simple pest solutions
$70/2 months. Service every 2 months. Very good company, professional and courteous.
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Regular pest control
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Jim homeowner in Algonquin, IL.Posted: February 27th, 2015 01:02PM
Type of Animal: spider ants mice etcRemoval Method: spray/bait box
Firm or Product Used: Terminix
Price seems excessive for what they do.
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Reg quarterly pest control
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: LoriL in Conroe, TX.Posted: July 14th, 2014 08:07PM
Firm or Product Used: Reliant
90 dollars every 3 months
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Pest Control
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Billy J in Safety Harbor, FL.Posted: July 7th, 2014 11:07AM
Firm or Product Used: Service First
Initial visit was $150.00, sprayed inside & out. Quarterly visits are $85 spraying outside only, plus inside again at no charge if requested. Protects against all invertebrate pests.
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Pest Control
Amount: $63.00
Posted by: kylekleckner in Bossier City, LA.Posted: January 21st, 2013 12:01PM
Type of Animal: Wood RoachesRemoval Method: spray/gel bait
Signed a bi monthly contract for $63 every time they come out and spray/bait.
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