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Having a pest infestation in your home can be unsettling, as well as hazard to the health of you and your family. In this guide we’ve put together the average cost of pest control to help you understand how much you can expect to pay to remove pests from your home.
Whether you have problems with rodents, wasps, cockroaches or other pests, the quicker you get professional help to deal with the problem the better. Particularly ahead of summer, when many insects become an even greater nuisance.
The type of pest problem you have will affect both the cost of pest control and what needs to be done to get rid of those unwanted house guests. On average, an exterminator can cost around £150-200 per day, including materials and tools. Many infestations only need a single treatment, but for more severe cases or persistent pests you may need multiple visits/treatments, which will increase the overall pest control cost.
Fleas can be a problem for pet owners and they can be difficult to get rid of. Not just affecting cats and dogs themselves, fleas often infest carpets and soft furnishings. The average flea exterminator cost in the UK varies across the country but should be in the region of £110.
Common flea pest control:
Average flea exterminator cost: £80-£140
Due to their small size and very flat shape, bed bugs are very hard to eliminate and will nearly always require professional treatments. They feed on blood and so, if you have bed bugs, you may notice bite marks on your skin, or small blood stains on your bed sheets.
Common bed bug pest control:
Average bed bug exterminator cost: £140-£210
More pest costs below…
|Pest control costs||Average UK costs|
|Range - Low||Range - High||Average cost|
|Pest control specialist (per day)||£150||£200||-|
|Rat/mouse removal (min two visits)||£120||£144||-|
|Flea control (One-bed property)||£80||£140||-|
|Bed bug treatment||£140||£210||-|
|Bed bug heat and insecticide treatment||£600||£750||-|
|Cockroach treatment (min two visits)||£120||£144||-|
|Ant removal (one spray treatment)||-||-||£100|
|Wasp control (one nest)||£75||£200||-|
|Squirrel control (two visits and squirrel proofing)||-||-||£175|
*These are estimated, average costs. Our prices have been researched widely online by the Checkatrade team and represent a ballpark average for your proposed project. Costs may vary by region, the scope of the project and indeed by the products you plan to use.
Due to their painful stings, bee and wasps infestations can be particularly unnerving in your home. You’ll quickly notice large numbers of bees or wasps, most noticeably in spring and summer.
Wasps can become very aggressive when agitated so it’s best to seek professional pest control to remove them. Also, there are special guidelines for dealing with bees as they play an important role in pollination so it’s important to hire a pest control specialist.
Common bee and wasp pest control:
Average wasp exterminator cost: £55
Find out more about the associated costs with removing wasp, bee and hornet nests.
Mainly attracted by food, cockroaches are very resilient pests that carry diseases and can cause allergic reactions. They often hide in walls or gaps in the ceiling or flooring. They’re most commonly seen in houses when they come out at night, and will be drawn to areas where food is available (kitchens, food cupboards, larders, etc).
Common cockroach pest control:
Average cockroach removal cost: £120-£144
One of the most common pests in the UK, ants often find their way into homes looking for food. Despite their numbers, ants are relatively easy to get rid of with either store-bought products or a pest control specialist.
Common ant pest control:
Average ant exterminator cost: £100
Mice and rats not only freak people out, but they can cause serious damage to your home. They’re fond of chewing through furniture, cables, wiring and other fittings, which can lead to endless problems. They also pose a major hygiene threat, carrying a range of parasites and illnesses with them.
Common rodent pest control:
Average pest control cost – rats or mice: £120-144
Squirrels, like other rodents, can cause a great deal of damage to your home – often entering the roof or attic spaces of a house. They tend to gnaw on woodwork, strip insulation from electric wires and can contaminate water tanks and attics with their urine and droppings. You may notice noises of squirrels scurrying around in the middle of the night
Common squirrel pest control:
Average squirrel removal cost: £175
There are a number of factors that will affect the pest control cost for your home:
Making sure you choose the right pest control for your home is an important decision if you want to eradicate the problem as quickly and easily as possible.
Often the most effective pest control solutions are cost-effective but involve potentially damaging chemicals. Always make sure you take care and seek professional help if in doubt. You can also ask your local pest control specialists about environmentally friendly pest control methods that might be available.