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Last updated: 13 March 2024

Pest Control and Extermination Costs: How to Save in 2024

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There’s no way to be certain when you may need to deal with pests within your home. From minuscule insects to larger and more intrusive rodents, it’s essential you deal with any pest-related problems as quickly as possible to keep your home safe from disease and destruction.

Knowing there are pests in your home can be extremely stressful too, so it’s best to hire a professional to know that the problem has been dealt with properly. Many councils offer advice on how to get rid of pests, and some may even provide free eradication services.

Pest control prices vary depending on the problem you’ve got, as well as the infestation severity, so it’s important to act quickly.

In this article, we’ll be covering how much pest control costs, what affects the cost of pest control, how to save money on pest control, how to save money on pest control treatments, how to know if you need a pest control service and how to find and hire a pest control company.

If you want to evict your unwanted house guests once and for all, then calling in a pest control service is the way to go. Keep reading to find out the most cost-effective methods of achieving a pest-free home.

How Much Does Pest Control Cost?

Depending on the severity of your infestation, your prices will rise or fall, with companies commonly adding surcharges on top of their standard fee for heavy infestations. As a rule of thumb, most pest control specialists charge between £150 and £200 per day.

To get started, here are some of the most common problems and their associated estimated costs.

Pest TypeEstimated Cost of Pest RemovalTime Required
Bees, Wasps, and Hornets£50 to £1001 to 2 hours
Birds£70 to £2002 to 8 hours
Ants£70 to £1001 to 2 hours
Fleas£80 to £3503 to 5 hours
Mice and Rats£90 to £2402 to 4 hours
Squirrels and Moles£90 to £3002 to 4 hours
Bedbugs£100 to £2804 to 8 hours
Cockroaches£120 to £2601 to 2 hours
Woodworm£150 to £3504 to 8 hours
  • For the removal of bees, wasps and hornets, you’ll be looking at a fee of between £50 to £120, and an estimated time of one to two hours.
  • Removing birds from your home can take between two to eight hours, and cost between £70 to £200.
  • Ants in your home can be a nuisance, costing between £70 to £100 to remove, and between one and two hours.
  • Flea removal comes in at between £80 to £350 depending on the severity, taking between three to five hours.
  • For the removal of mice and rats, it’ll commonly take between two to four hours, and cost between £90 to £240.
  • Looking next to squirrel and mole removal, it’ll again take between two to four hours but cost between £90 to £300.
  • Bedbugs can be treated and removed in four to eight hours, costing between £100 to £280.
  • Cockroaches are fairly swiftly dealt with, taking between one to two hours, and costing between £120 to £260.
  • Finally, we’ll look at removing woodworm, which will come in at between £150 to £350, taking between four to eight hours.

It’s good to note that these are basic rates that may increase depending on your circumstances. For example, the scale of an infestation will affect how many treatments are required, whilst there are regional differences, with prices higher in London.

If you’re not using your local council, you should get at least three quotes from contractors before giving the green light to ensure you’re pest-free - and financially happy.

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