Mice, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, rats, spiders, moths, mosquitoes, squirrels and woodworms are only a few of the nearly endless list of pests that property owners in the UK grapple with. Without access to professional pest control, you not only have to worry about your property getting damaged, but you may also face serious health issues.
See, pests are also scavengers. They dig through trash cans, sewerage lines and dirt to find food. Here, they carry and transfer various disease-causing allergens and bacteria. Anyone who lives or works inside a building infested with pests is automatically predisposed to suffering various health issues. It could be anything from allergies, skin rashes, and respiratory issues and so on.
In the long run, you realise that homemade or DIY pest control remedies are barely enough to help do away with pest infestations. If you want to live in a pest-free space, then you need help from pest experts. But do you know how much does pest control costs in the UK?
Here’s a complete breakdown of the pest control prices and more you need to know about pests and how to prevent pest infestation recurrence.
How Much Pest Control Costs
If you live in the countryside or on the outskirts of large cities like London, then you may not experience that much of a serious problem with pests. The story, however, drastically changes when you go into the City. See pests go where they can find shelter, food and water to breed and survive. The best chance of these destructive crawlers to find all three is by staying close to where many humans reside.
This explains why thousands of property owners in the UK are constantly ever in search of pest control services. You will notice that pest control services will cost you slightly more if your property is located in the city as opposed to when you live on the outskirts.
In the UK, pest control service charges are based mainly on the size of the residential property, the type of pest involved, the type of treatment needed, and how serious the infestation is. Other factors that may influence costs include fumigation, tools, poisons, traps, and poisons to be used.
Below is a table detailing, on average, how much pest control would cost for different sized residential properties.
|Type of pest||One bedroom house||Two bedroom house||Three bedroom house||Four bedroom House|
Note that all of the prices listed above are exclusive of VAT-value added tax. The price, therefore, listed as the total on your invoice, may be slightly higher than what is provided on the table.
The table above details how much, on average, pest control would cost to get rid of different types of pests in varying sized apartments. But remember that the pest control team may need to return to fumigate, spray or treat your house for another session. On some occasions, pest control contractors charge based not on the size of the premises but factors like the number of treatments needed or the number of wasp nests removed, for instance.
The end goal for every pest control contactor is to ensure they do not burden you with exorbitant charges but, at the same time, guarantee that a good job is done.
What Pest Control Entails
How much time will the pest control team take working on my house? How many treatments will be needed? Will I be pest free forever after the treatment? If you are considering calling for pest control services, there must be a ton of questions running in and out of your mind.
So to help clear the air, here are some facts you need to know on what pest control entails.
- The pest control company will send two or more of their representatives to visit your property or home. On this day, they will investigate to see what type of pests you are dealing with and how serious the pest invasion is.
- Discussions will be held between the pest control experts and the homeowner. Here, you will choose the pest control method you are most comfortable with and schedule a date when the treatment will be done. Common examples of effective treatments include fumigation, spraying, biological control and removal of habitats.
- On most occasions, the pest control professionals will need a few hours to spray or treat your premises. If, however, the pest infestation is extensive, they will, on average, charge you £150 to £200 for each day they spend undertaking treatment on your premises.
- If yours was a serious case of rat, ant, bedbug, woodworm, wasp, or mosquito infestation, for example, the pest control team will most likely show up a couple more times to conduct follow up treatments otherwise known as re-treating.
For centuries, pests have been known to cause man endless headache. They are not only the source of immense stress, but they can also cause extensive damage to valuable property. This, besides being a health hazard. The truth is that no one wants to share their space with rats, mice, squirrels, flies, bats, and all other types of creepy crawlers. At one point or another, you will need pest control services.
No doubt, the peace of mind that comes with living inside a pest-free space is unbeatable. Pest control, if done by a professional, will give you six months to a year of no pests. It may cost you a good chunk of money to eliminate pests, especially when there are different types of pests involved. It is advisable therefore to nip a pest problem in the bud before it becomes an unbearable and expensive situation to control.
Different pest control companies offer their services at different prices. Above are only estimates to help you get a vivid picture of what it may cost you to eradicate pests from your property effectively. It is however, also up to you, the property owner, to keep your property tidy, get rid of all stagnant water or any piling trash. This way, you keep all kinds of pests away from your home.
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