What’s more painful than a bee sting? The bill from the exterminator! Pest control services are notoriously expensive (but they don’t have to be.) Here are three of the most expensive pests to get rid of and how you can protect yourself from getting stung financially.
Bed Bugs Treatment: $300 to $5,000
Bed bugs are expert hiders, and they can multiply at an alarming rate, making infestations a challenge to control. That’s how pest control professionals justify charging as much as $5,000 to eliminate these tiny intruders.
Exterminators bill for their services in several ways: by room, square footage, or a flat fee. The cost of treatment varies depending on several factors, including:
The size of the house
The severity of the infestation
The number of visits required
Why so expensive?: Exterminators will tell you that bed bug treatments require costly specialized equipment. They may also use a combination of eradication methods, such as heating, fumigation, chemical sprays, and steam. Effective treatment may also require several visits to ensure that the infestation is completely eliminated from your home.
How to prevent bed bugs: Bed bugs are often picked up while traveling. They’re clever stowaways, hiding in your luggage and clothes, and then spread throughout your home when you unpack. Keep luggage off the hotel room floor and inspect bags carefully before bringing them into your home.
Termite Treatment: $500 to $2,500
Termites are a destructive force of nature! According to the National Pest Management Association, they cause an estimated $5 billion in damage each year in the U.S. Some pest control pros charge a premium because they know your property is at risk of major structural damage if left untreated.
Costs will vary depending on the type of termite (subterranean, drywood, or dampwood termites) and the infestation size. For example, a localized problem will be easier to treat that a whole-house infestation.
Why so expensive?: Pest control experts will tell you that treating termite problems requires a significant amount of labor and chemicals or bait. Termiticides can be applied to the soil around the home’s foundation to kill termites that live in underground colonies. For drywood termites, the pro may drill a hole into a wall to place a bait station. In extreme cases, fumigation may be required.
How to prevent termites: Subterranean termites thrive in moist environments. Minimize moisture around the home’s foundation.
Ensure sprinkler heads are pointed away from the home
Maintain the exterior of your home to prevent moisture from seeping through the siding or windows.
Clean the gutters to prevent water from pooling up around the foundation.
Instead of mulch, use pine needles. Pea gravel is another good alternative.
Bees and Wasps: $400 to $2,500
Some winged insects are harmless. Others are aggressive and will attack if they feel their nests are threatened. Wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets fall in the latter category. In addition to being a physical threat, paper wasps can damage your property. Their nests can absorb moisture and cause water damage if left untreated. Also, they’re a nuisance!
The cost of getting rid of the nest will depend on its location. Generally, the higher the nest, the most costly to remove.
Why so expensive?: Removal will require a ladder, safety gear, and chemicals to kill insects. Nests behind walls or in attics may require some demolition to access them. That will raise the cost. A return trip may be necessary after applying the chemical spray to remove the nest.
How to prevent wasps: Don’t give wasps or yellow jackets any reason to make themselves home. That means keeping food sources secured inside, even dog food. Your hummingbird feeder also attracts flying insects, so keep it away from the porch, patio, or other gathering places.
Pest Control Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
If you’re suffering sticker shock from any of the abovementioned prices, relax. Not all pest control companies are out to get you! ValuePest offers an affordable alternative. The ValuePest Ultimate System keeps bugs and other nuisances away from your home for a low monthly rate of $59. We won’t sting you with extra charges for additional services, either! And it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee! It’s pest control the way it should be. To learn more, give us a call at (888) 617-1101.