Exterminator Prices: Average Pest Control Price By State, Type of Bugs

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Pest Control | November 10, 2023

Man getting a bill wants exterminator prices explained and wonders how much for pest control based on type of pest and location as well as the average pest control costs per state and infestation type.

Exterminator prices and the pest control price you’ll have to pay can vary widely based on a wide variety of factors.

But, having a general idea of what you can expect to pay can help you budget for and access these important services.

Pests like ants, termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches can easily infest homes and become more than a nuisance, they can cause serious and costly damage. Getting rid of these unwelcome guests often requires calling in professional pest control services, also known as exterminators.

So, what is the average pest control price you should expect to pay?

In this comprehensive pest control price guide, you will discover the typical exterminator prices nationally, by state, and by type of pest. You will also learn about the average costs of one-time and recurring pest control services, factors that influence pricing, DIY vs professional treatment, as well as tips for choosing a reputable exterminator and preventing infestations in your home.

By the end, you’ll understand the average cost of pest control in your state and what goes into exterminator pricing, so you can budget accordingly and get rid of pests for good.

Understanding Pest Control/Exterminator Prices

Pest control is crucial for protecting your home from damage and your family from the health risks that come with certain pests like termites, cockroaches, and disease-carrying rodents or insects.1

While DIY pest control can be effective, professional extermination services have the expertise, tools and chemicals to inspect your home, accurately identify pests, and implement solutions to eliminate them safely and more effectively.

Graphic of the average exterminator prices nationally detailing costs from $40 to $500 for monthly to annual pest control services, with an image of a green exterminator van and a professional in protective gear.

Exterminator service pricing can range widely from $50 for small ant or spider issues to over $3,000 for termite tenting or bed bug elimination.2

The exact cost of pest extermination will depend on several factors including the type and extent of the infestation, treatment needed, materials, labor, the prep work involved among other factors. Companies will typically charge you for an initial inspection and estimate, customized treatment plans, pesticide products or traps, application labor, and follow-up visits.

Many exterminators will also offer monthly, quarterly, or annual pest control service contracts.

That said, the main determinants of exterminator prices are the type of pest and frequency of service, more on that later.

Average Exterminator Prices Nationally

Estimating the average pest control price is challenging.2 However, the average cost for a one-time exterminator visit nationally ranges from $150 to $500, with most homeowners paying around $350 to $450.

For ongoing service, you can expect to pay:

  • Monthly pest control service: $40 to $100 per visit
  • Quarterly pest control service: $100 to $250 per visit
  • Annual pest control service: $250 to $500 per visit

Pest Control Price: Factors Affecting Exterminator Prices

While the typical range for a one-time visit is $150 to $500, several factors can affect exterminator prices making the cost of pest control higher or lower for your particular situation including:2

Type of Pest

The type of infestation you’re dealing with is one of the biggest factors affecting cost.

For example, exterminating ants may only cost $100 to $400 on average, whereas severe termite infestations often exceed $1,000, even $5,000 or more for extensive damage requiring fumigation and repairs.

Graphic of the factors affecting exterminator prices, showing various elements such as type of pest, severity of infestation, location accessibility, property size, service frequency, region, time of year, additional services, and choice of company, each represented with detailed illustrations.

Other pests like bed bugs and cockroaches fall somewhere in the middle due to the difficult and intensive treatment methods required. You will learn the prices for specific pests in more detail later.

Severity of Infestation

Larger, more established pest infestations require greater quantities of products,3 more service hours, and sometimes stronger methods to fully eliminate.

For instance, a small ant problem may take a $150 spot treatment, but carpenter ants nesting extensively in your walls and floors could require $700 or more in excavation, specialized chemicals, and labor. The earlier you can catch a pest issue, the less it will likely cost for treatment.

Location and Accessibility

Extermination tasks like spraying exterior perimeter treatments cost less than accessing attics, crawlspaces, and walls. Difficulty reaching the infestation site, complexity of the task, and potential repairs needed after treatment will increase costs.

Fumigations or full home heat treatments for extensive infestations also cost much more in labor and materials.

Property Size

Larger homes require more products, time, and manpower to inspect and treat pest issues, which is reflected in higher pricing.4

Some exterminators charge per square foot or offer tiered pricing based on home size. However, the main factor is still the infestation extent more than home size.

A severe pest problem in a small apartment could still cost more than a minor issue in a large house.

Frequency of Service

One-time extermination costs more in labor and supplies than recurring preventative treatments. For example, quarterly treatments may average $100 to $250 per visit versus $250 to $500 or more for a one-time visit.

Also, signing an annual service contract often comes with discounts since the company knows they will make regular visits.


Pest control costs in a major metro area like New York City will be higher than in rural areas, primarily due to increased labor costs. Demand plays a role too, exterminators in regions with year-round warm climates may charge higher prices during peak seasons compared to year-round consistent pricing in cooler climates.

Additional Services

Extra services like pre-purchase home inspections for termites, mosquito treatments in the yard, wildlife removal, or damage repairs after treatment may cost over and above basic extermination services. Make sure you understand what is covered in the quote versus what would incur added fees.

Time of Year

There are typically more pests during warmer months.5

These busy seasons often come with higher demand, which can influence pricing. This is most noticeable with one-time services versus annual contracts that have consistent pricing.

Also, emergency services during nights, weekends or holidays may include extra fees and higher hourly rates.

Choice of Company

Once you begin comparing, you’ll notice pricing differences between companies based on their reputation, expertise, specialty, and operating costs.

Larger national chains may be pricier than local operators with lower overheads. As such, get multiple quotes before choosing a pest control provider.

Average Exterminator Prices by State

Pest control prices also vary by state based on climate, regional pests, labor costs, and supply and demand. Here are the average costs by state:6


StateAverage Cost Range
Alabama$150 to $400
Alaska$200 to $550
Arizona$180 to $450
Arkansas$160 to $380
California$220 to $600
Colorado$180 to $500
Connecticut$210 to $550
Delaware$190 to $450
Florida$210 to $575
Georgia$170 to $430

Graphic of a bar chart showing the average exterminator prices by State for ten U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, and Georgia, each represented by green bars and their state flags, with prices varying from $150 in Alabama up to $600 in California.

StateAverage Cost Range
Hawaii$225 to $650
Idaho$165 to $375
Illinois$195 to $525
Indiana$175 to $425
Iowa$160 to $400
Kansas$150 to $380
Kentucky$155 to $350
Louisiana$180 to $450
Maine$220 to $550
Maryland$200 to $500

Graphic of a bar chart showing the average exterminator prices by State for ten U.S. states, including Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland, each represented by green bars and their state flags, with prices varying from $150 in Kansas up to $650 in Hawaii.

StateAverage Cost Range
Massachusetts$240 to $600
Michigan$190 to $480
Minnesota$175 to $425
Mississippi$150 to $350
Missouri$160 to $400
Montana$180 to $430
Nebraska$155 to $375
Nevada$190 to $500
New Hampshire$205 to $525
New Jersey$220 to $575

Graphic of a bar chart showing the average exterminator prices by State for ten U.S. states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, each represented by green bars and their state flags, with prices varying from $150 in Mississippi up to $600 in Massachusetts.

StateAverage Cost Range
New Mexico$170 to $425
New York$230 to $600
North Carolina$170 to $450
North Dakota$160 to $400
Ohio$180 to $450
Oklahoma$155 to $375
Oregon$200 to $525
Pennsylvania$190 to $475
Rhode Island$210 to $550
South Carolina$160 to $400

Graphic of a bar chart showing the average exterminator prices by State for ten U.S. states, including New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, each represented by green bars and their state flags, with prices varying from $155 in Oklahoma up to $600 in New York.

StateAverage Cost Range
South Dakota$150 to $350
Tennessee$165 to $400
Texas$170 to $425
Utah$180 to $450
Vermont$210 to $525
Virginia$180 to $460
Washington$200 to $500
West Virginia$160 to $400
Wisconsin$170 to $420
Wyoming$160 to $400

Graphic of a bar chart showing the average exterminator prices by State for ten U.S. states, including South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, each represented by green bars and their state flags, with prices varying from $150 in Kansas up to $525 in Vermont.

These numbers represent the typical range of costs for professional pest control services in each state, from low-end to high-end estimates.

Why such big ranges? Well, exterminator service costs are very situation-specific.

Even within the same city, you may pay $100 to eliminate ants in the kitchen and also be charged $500 to get rid of termites in the attic.

Typically, bigger states with more rural areas also tend to have higher rates due to travel costs. Cost of living is also another big determinant in exterminator prices in a state.

Additional Pest Control Costs

On top of basic service fees, you may incur some additional costs before, during, or after professional pest control treatment including:2

  • Pest inspection fees: Thorough pest inspections cost $50 to $250. Some companies include free basic inspections, but detailed termite or bed bug checks cost extra.
  • Deep cleaning service: Exterminator work can leave behind droppings, carcasses, and pesticide residue. A deep post-treatment home cleaning service costs $150 to $400.
  • Damage repairs: Pests destroy wood, wires, and insulation. Repairing this damage after removal adds costs for materials and labor.
    Expect to pay $500 or more for repairs.
  • Travel fees: Companies often charge $25 to $100 for properties located outside their normal service area to cover added transit time and mileage.
  • Carpet/Upholstery shampooing or replacement: Carpets and fabrics damaged by fleas, bed bugs, and other pests may need professional cleaning or replacement after treatment. Budget $100 to $250 per room.
  • Prevention upgrades: Pest-proofing your home with screens, weatherstripping, door sweeps, and sealing cracks costs $200 to $1,000.
  • Hotel stay during fumigation: If extensive fumigation tenting is required, you’ll need to vacate the home for 3 to 5 days costing $150 to $300 or more per night.
  • Monitoring or follow-up visits: If initial treatments don’t fully eliminate the issue, follow-ups cost extra. Monthly monitoring visits range from $50 to $100 each.

Carefully read what is and isn’t covered to avoid surprise add-ons. Also, make sure to get all ancillary services, products, and costs approved by you in writing upfront.

Factors That Influence Pest Control Price Differences Across States

Some of the key factors that influence pest control price variations by state include:2

  • Labor costs: States with higher wages and cost of living like New York and California will generally have higher exterminator prices to account for higher operational costs.
  • Seasonality: Prices often spike during busy seasons in states prone to seasonal pests like termites, mosquitoes, and stinging insects.
  • Demand: States with greater pest pressures from factors like climate and housing stock may have more demand, which can drive prices up. For example, high demand drives up prices in warmer southern states that face heavy pest pressure year-round.
  • Regional pests: The types of pests common to certain states and regions also impact average costs. For example, states with more termites like Florida, which are expensive to treat, have higher prices.
  • Rural vs urban: Accessibility can affect pricing, with costs sometimes being higher in remote, rural areas.
  • State licensing: Licensing requirements vary by state thereby impacting costs.
  • Competitive markets: More providers competing for business in a given area can help lower pricing through competitiveness.

While these numbers give a general baseline for cost comparison, you’ll still want to get an exact quote from exterminators in your local area which will depend on your specific needs.

Also, when finding an exterminator, make sure to get quotes specific to service providers in your area.

Exterminator Prices by Type of Pest

The type of pest you need eliminated is one of the biggest factors determining exterminator costs.4 Treating an ant problem is far cheaper than a bed bug infestation due to the intensity of labor and materials required.

Graphic of the exterminator prices by type of pest,showing a bar chart comparing the cost range for treating various pests such as ants, termites, bedbugs, cockroaches, rodents, spiders, stinging pests, mosquitoes, and fleas, with prices ranging from $75 to over $10,000, each pest represented with a corresponding illustration.

Here are average pest control prices for common household pests:

1. Ants

Scientific Classification: Formicidae4

Description: These are small insects with elbowed antennae and a narrow waist between the thorax and abdomen. There are over 12,000 species of ants.

Natural Habitat: Soil in colonies underground, leaf litter, rotting wood, etc.

A detailed close-up of an ant with a reddish-brown body and shiny abdomen on a textured wooden surface.

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Locations: Indoors and outdoors, trails along walls, under sinks, in kitchens and bathrooms. They typically live outdoors and come indoors to forage.

Signs of Ants:

  • Small ants crawling in kitchens, bathrooms, and other indoor areas
  • Outdoor ant mounds or trails
  • Winged ants emerging indoors

Ant Damage:

  • They contaminate food
  • Can bite and sting
  • Cause structural damage particularly carpenter ants

Treatment Options:

  • Seal entry points with caulk
  • Apply ant baits, granules or sprays
  • Use borax/baking soda mixtures
  • Nest injection or removal for carpenter ants

Ant extermination or control costs around $150 to $1,500 or more depending on the size of your home and the extent of the infestation.

Minor ant invasions contained in a small indoor area average around $250 for ant bait gels or sprays. More severe infestations with multiple nests and entry points can exceed $1,000.

Carpenter ants that nest in walls and structural wood are more difficult to eradicate and therefore pricier. Since ants can rapidly multiply, follow-up treatments may be needed.

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2. Termites

Scientific Classification: Isoptera4

Description: These are social insects that feed on wood and other cellulose material. They live in large colonies with workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites.

There are over 2,800 species and are known for damaging wood.

Natural Habitat: Outdoors in moist wooden structures, soil, rotting wood, stumps, and logs.

Locations: They nest in wood outdoors, forage inside structures containing wood and are attracted to moisture.

Signs of Termites:

  • Mud tubes on walls or foundation
  • Hollowed wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Swarmers emerging indoors
  • Piles of winged insect bodies

Termite Damage:

  • They weaken structural wood
  • Cause wood to appear tunneled and damaged
  • Destroy walls, floors, furniture and wood structures

Treatment Options:

  • Liquid termiticides
  • Termite baits
  • Fumigation tenting for whole-home treatment
  • Wood treatments and soil barriers

Termites are some of the most expensive pests to deal with. A termite inspection will cost you $75 to $200 on average.

Termite treatment plans range from $500 to $5,000 or even over $10,000 for large homes requiring fumigation or full foundation treatment. Using bait and chemical barrier systems installed around the home’s exterior typically costs $1,500 to $3,000.

Fumigation for large-scale dry wood termite infestations costs $3,000 to $8,000. Severe damage from termites can also require expensive structural repairs which will add to the cost.

3. Bed Bugs

Scientific Name: Cimex lectularius4

Description: These are small, flat, oval insects that feed on blood. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and are visible to the naked eye.

Natural Habitat: Near sleeping humans on beds, furniture, and fabrics.

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Locations: Mattresses, bed frames, upholstered furniture, cracks and crevices near sleeping areas.

Signs of Bed Bugs:

  • Red, itchy bite marks on the skin
  • Dark spots on bed sheets
  • A sweet, musty odor
  • Seeing live bed bugs in seams of mattresses, furniture, walls and carpets

Bed Bug Damage:

  • They cause skin irritation and loss of sleep
  • Emotional distress dealing with infestations
  • Do not spread disease but can cause allergic reactions

Treatment Options:

  • Heat chambers or steamers
  • Freeze infested items
  • Apply insecticides to cracks, crevices, and hiding spots
  • Fumigation for severe infestations
  • Use encasements on mattresses and furniture

Bed bug treatments typically cost $200 to $1,500 per room depending on the method used and infestation level.

Heat and steam treatments or chemical fumigations for whole-home bed bug removal average $2,500 to $5,000. Canine inspections to pinpoint infestations add $250 to $500.

Preparation like mattress encasements, box spring disposal, and furniture removal can also increase costs.

A close-up of a brown cockroach with long antennae and shiny sections on its body, positioned on a white crystalline surface.

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4. Cockroaches

Scientific Classification: Blattodea4

Description: These are flattened insects with long antennae and spiny legs.

Two common species are German and American cockroaches. They are nocturnal and omnivorous.

Natural Habitat: Tropical climates outdoors. Indoors in warm, humid, dark places with food.

Locations: Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, around plumbing and appliances.

Signs of Cockroaches:

  • Seeing live roaches crawling around the house, especially at night
  • Roach droppings that look like coffee grounds
  • Egg cases and shed exoskeletons
  • A musty, sweet odor

Cockroach Damage:

  • They contaminate food and transmit bacteria
  • Trigger allergies and asthma
  • Stain surfaces with droppings

Treatment Options:

  • Apply cockroach baits and gels
  • Use boric acid and diatomaceous earth
  • Insecticide dusts in wall voids and cracks
  • Maintain cleanliness and limit food sources
  • Seal entry points and gaps

Cockroach extermination will run you $200 to $600 on average depending on severity.

A minor localized issue could be $200 whereas a heavy infestation requiring extensive bait placement and multiple follow-up visits can exceed $1,000. Fumigation and intense whole-home treatments for severe roach problems cost $2,000 to $4,000.

5. Rodents (Rats/Mice)

Rodents like mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons can also invade homes.

Rodent infestations require a combination of sanitation, trapping, proofing, and clean up that escalates costs.

Here are some of the common rodents:

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Scientific Name: Rattus species like R. norvegicus and R. rattus

Description: These are large rodents with long tails, prominent ears, and naked tails. Omnivorous and excellent climbers.7

Natural Habitat: Outdoors in burrows or indoors around food sources and shelter.

Locations: Attics, basements, sewers, cabinets, gardens.


Scientific Name: Mus musculus, other Mus species

Description: These are small rodents with furry tails, prominent ears, and pointed snouts; excellent climbers.7

Natural Habitat: Outdoors in fields, woods, burrows or Indoors near food and shelter.

Locations: Attics, basements, cabinets, drawers, around appliances.

Signs of Rodents:

  • Droppings and urine stains
  • Chewing or claw marks
  • Holes in walls, floors, and cabinets
  • Burrows and nests
  • Hearing scurrying noises

Rodent Damage:

  • They contaminate surfaces and food with droppings and urine
  • Spread diseases
  • Damage insulation, wiring, and structures by chewing and clawing

Treatment Options:

  • Snap traps and glue boards
  • Live cage trapping for humane removal
  • Rodenticide baits or bait stations
  • Seal entry holes with steel wool, copper mesh, cement or hardware cloth

Mouse removal costs $175 to $550 on average per treatment. Severe infestations or outdoor colonies may require quarterly or monthly visits, around $250 per appointment.

Rat control or removal averages $300 to $750.

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6. Spiders

Scientific Classification: Araneae4

Description: These are invertebrates with 8 legs and two body segments. They produce silk webs to capture prey.

Most household spiders are not dangerous to humans.

Natural Habitat: Worldwide in all habitats. Outdoor species live in webs, burrows, or crevices.

Locations: Indoors in dark corners, crawlspaces, unused areas or outdoors in gardens, eaves, woodpiles.

Signs of Spiders:

  • Cobwebs in corners
  • Seeing live spiders crawling on floors, walls, furniture
  • Small bites on the skin
  • Catching bugs in webs

Spider Damage:

  • Bites from venomous spiders can cause injury
  • Large webs become a nuisance
  • Eat insects and other spiders that may be helpful

Treatment Options:

  • Remove webs and egg sacs
  • Use desiccant dusts in cracks
  • Apply insecticides in dark corners
  • Install spider traps
  • Seal cracks and gaps

Spider extermination or control costs $150 to $450 on average. Indoor treatment with residual sprays and dusts combined with outdoor barrier webs reduces spiders inside.

Knockdown sprays kill webs and spiders on contact. Glue traps monitor for recurrence.

Web removal and aspiration of spiders cost extra.

7. Stinging Pests (Bees, Wasps)

Some of the common stinging pests found in or around the home include; bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.


Scientific Classification: Superfamily Apoidea4

A bee rests on a wet windowpane.

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Description: These are flying insects that are closely related to wasps and ants. Most are black and yellow in color and typically live in colonies with queens, workers, and drones.

They make honey.

Natural Habitat: Outdoors in hives they construct from wax. They need flowers for nectar/pollen.

Locations: Hives in trees, sides of buildings, sheds, etc. Forage on flowering plants.


Scientific Classification: Vespidae Family4

Description: These are slender insects with narrow waists, legs, and two pairs of wings. They are shiny black/yellow and live in paper nest colonies.

Natural Habitat: Outdoors under eaves, sheds, trees, and shrubs. Nests often hang from branches.

Locations: They nest outdoors and in structures but forage for food outdoors.

Signs of Bees/Wasps:

  • Spotting nests on eaves, porches, trees, and under steps
  • Seeing live bees or wasps flying around outside the home or in the gardens
  • Getting stung by foraging bees/wasps

Bee/Wasp Damage:

  • Their sting can cause painful injury or allergic reaction
  • Swarming bees can frighten and threaten people
  • Nest buildup can damage structures

Treatment Options:

  • Apply bee/wasp aerosol sprays to nests
  • Physically remove nests
  • Live removal or relocation for bee colonies
  • Seal cracks and openings to prevent entry

Wasp treatment costs $250 to $600 on average.

Small wasp nest removals cost little. However, large nests of aggressive hornets and Yellowjackets run $500 to $1,500 or more.

Wasp elimination involves applying dusts, residual sprays, or pressurized aerosols directly into nests.

Bee hive removal averages $250 to $750 or more for honeybee hives. Many exterminators relocate hives while others apply dusts or sprays meant for flying insects.

Specialized protective equipment and nighttime application help keep technicians safe when exterminating these stinging pests.

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8. Mosquitoes

Scientific Classification: Family Culicidae4

Description: These are slender insects with long legs, wings, and proboscis for piercing skin and sucking blood.

They go through larval and pupal stages in water during development.

Natural Habitat: Standing water sources like ponds, gutters, old tires, etc. Adults typically rest in dark, humid areas.

Locations: Near standing water sources. They can bite people and animals both outdoors and indoors.

Signs of Mosquitoes:

  • Hearing buzzing and biting
  • Itchy red bite marks
  • Seeing live mosquitoes indoors

Mosquito Damage:

  • They spread diseases like Zika, West Nile, and Malaria
  • Cause discomfort from bites

Treatment Options:

  • Drain or dump standing water sites
  • Apply larvicides to water sources
  • Use propane foggers or misting systems
  • Install purple martin houses
  • Repair screens and use fans
  • Apply repellents containing DEET or picaridin

Mosquito control service averages $350 to $1,500 per year.

High-population areas may require monthly fogging treatments during warmer months from $75 to $150 each; expect higher costs in tropical climates.

Eliminating breeding sites like standing water is key.

9. Fleas

Scientific Classification: Order Siphonaptera4

Description: These are tiny wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds.

They have laterally flattened bodies for jumping and go through egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages.

A close-up of a flea on a white surface, displaying its dark, compact body, and long legs.

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Natural Habitat: Outdoors in areas frequented by hosts. Indoors in carpets, bedding, and pet resting areas.

Locations: Wherever infested hosts (pets, rodents, wildlife) frequent.

Signs of Fleas:

  • Flea dirt that looks like black pepper
  • Seeing live fleas jumping
  • Bites on pets and humans, especially around ankles
  • Tape test shows fleas stuck to the legs

Flea Damage:

  • They cause itching and discomfort
  • Can transmit tapeworms and diseases
  • Anemia in pets from severe infestations

Treatment Options:

  • Apply topical or oral flea prevention on pets
  • Vacuum thoroughly and dispose of bags
  • Use insect growth regulators
  • Apply pesticide sprays or foggers indoors
  • Treat yard with sprays if outdoors

Flea extermination averages $250 to $750 for an initial whole-home treatment depending on the level of infestation, followed by $75 to $150 monthly maintenance visits.

Average Exterminator Prices by Frequency of Service

Hiring an exterminator for a one-time visit costs significantly more than signing an ongoing service contract.8 Here are the average costs based on frequency:

1. One-Time Visit

Average Cost: $150-$500

A one-time extermination visit generally includes an initial inspection to identify the pest issue, development of a customized treatment plan, application of products like traps or pesticides, and follow-up to ensure the treatment was effective.

Inspector with a clipboard wearing safety vest examining a door frame.

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Additional costs like travel fees, weekend or holiday rates, and special trip fees for same-day service may also apply for one-time visits.

What’s Included:

  • Inspection
  • Targeted treatment for current infestation
  • Sanitation and sealing advice
  • No recurring visits or costs

Ideal for:

  • Minor infestations
  • End of season when pests die off
  • Before listing a home for sale
  • After renovations or landscaping

On the other hand, recurring pest control services involve regularly scheduled visits, usually monthly, quarterly or annually, to monitor for pests, treat infestations, and prevent future problems. Through these contracts, exterminators will typically offer you discounted rates per visit compared to one-time service pricing.

2. Monthly Visits

Average Cost: $40-$75 per visit

Monthly pest control helps tackle recurring infestations and seasonal pests. After an initial visit, the technician comes once a month to re-apply treatments.

Cost per visit typically decreases with monthly contracts.

What’s Included:

  • Initial inspection and treatment plan
  • Monthly treatments for around 6 to 12 months
  • All labor and pesticides or traps
  • Ongoing prevention and monitoring

Ideal for:

  • Active rodent, ant, roach, flea or bed bug infestations
  • History of seasonal pest problems
  • Multi-family homes and apartments

3. Quarterly Visits

Average Cost: $100-$250 per visit

Quarterly pest control involves four visits per year usually spaced seasonally. The ongoing treatments keep populations in check.

They cost less per visit than one-time or monthly services.

What’s Included:

  • Initial inspection and treatment plan
  • Four treatments per year
  • All labor and chemicals/traps
  • Ongoing prevention

Ideal for:

  • Prevention for common seasonal pests
  • Ongoing issues like ants, spiders, stinging insects
  • Large homes needing full coverage

4. Annual Visits

Average Cost: $250-$500 per visit

Annual pest control involves a single preventative treatment each year. The once-yearly visit maintains low pest levels before major issues arise and often costs similar to a single visit.

Cluster of bees gathered under a wooden plank.

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Additional services like lawn treatments, damage repairs, and wildlife removal would incur added costs.

What’s Included:

  • Annual inspection
  • Preventative treatment
  • Sealing of entry points
  • No additional visits unless issues arise

Ideal for:

  • Prevention for occasional pests
  • Low-risk areas and small homes
  • After major pest problems are eliminated

Ultimately, the pest control price depends on the specifics of your pest problem and home, but these averages give you a general idea of standard exterminator pricing.

Tips For Reducing Exterminator Costs

While protecting your home from pests is priceless, you can still take the following steps to reduce exterminator costs:9

  1. Get multiple quotes: Prices vary by company. Therefore, get 3 to 5 quotes to compare but don’t choose based on cost alone.
  2. Hire reputable companies: An expert is worth the price and will save you money in the long-term. Check reviews, licensing, experience, and education to get top experts.
  3. Act quickly at first signs: The longer you wait, the worse and pricier the infestation gets. Therefore, it is wise to stop pests before they spread.
  4. Ask about specials: Off-season discounts, new customer specials, or combo service packages can increase your savings.
  5. Seal up your home: Caulk cracks, use weather-strip doors, and make your home pest-resistant for fewer infestations.
  6. Reduce entryways: Trim shrubs, repair damaged screens, keep lids on trash cans, and limit access inside the home.
  7. Practice pest prevention: Keep a tidy home and yard, allow no standing water, promptly address leaks, store food properly, etc.
  8. DIY easier pests: Handle contained ants, spiders, mice, and occasional flies yourself if you feel comfortable.
  9. Enquire if DIY supplies are covered: Some companies will let you use their commercial-grade products yourself at a lower cost.
  10. Specify problem areas: Tell exterminators exactly where you’ve seen pests rather than treating the entire home unnecessarily.
  11. Choose lower toxicity treatments: Methods like traps, baits, or heat cost more than spraying but limit the use of harsh chemicals which can save you money.
  12. Ask what’s included: Get all services, follow-ups, and extras detailed in writing so no surprise fees arise.
  13. Review service contracts carefully: Discounted multi-visit packages often auto-renew at higher regular rates if you don’t cancel.

Do your research, understand all the costs upfront, be proactive about prevention, and hire a pest control company you trust for the most economical experience when combating infestations.

How Can I Get the Lowest Price From an Exterminator?

You can get the lowest price by comparing quotes from 3-5 exterminators in your area and negotiating for discounts on bundled services. Signing up for quarterly or annual treatments lowers per-visit costs.

You can also reduce costs by catching infestations early before they spread.

Can I Negotiate Pricing With an Exterminator?

You may be able to negotiate some cost savings, especially if you don’t require the most urgent or premium level of service. Ask about any discounts for senior citizens, military, new customers, etc.

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Bundle services if taking care of multiple pest problems for potential bulk discounts. But the exterminator’s time and materials establish a floor price, so significant reductions are unlikely.

DIY Pest Control vs Professional Exterminator

For small pest invaders like ants, mice, or occasional spiders, DIY treatment may get the job done saving you money upfront.10

Common DIY Supplies: Pest Control Price

You can find most pest control products online or at home improvement stores for use in and around your home:

  • Traps: $3 to $15 each
  • Baits: $5 to $15 each
  • Foggers: $10 to $20 each
  • Insecticides/Chemical sprays: $10 to $30 each
  • Repellants: $5 to $20 each
  • Dusts: $5 to $15 each

However, DIY pest control has some drawbacks.10

Drawbacks of DIY Pest Control

The list below breaks down some of the most common drawbacks of resorting to DIY pest control.

  • Results are not guaranteed and may take several tries to work
  • Serious infestations often require stronger commercial-grade chemicals not available to consumers
  • You have to properly identify the pest and choose suitable products
  • DIY work is labor intensive, requiring extensive prep and follow-up
  • Dead pests may end up trapped or stuck in walls and floors
  • Chemicals must be applied cautiously to avoid harm or improper use

For mild pest issues, DIY can work. However, recurring or worsening pest problems often warrant calling in the professionals to completely eliminate pests and prevent recurrence.

Bed bugs, termites, rats, and cockroaches in particular require expert extermination.

When To Use Professional Pest Control Services

The following situations warrant calling in a professional exterminator:2

  • Large/Severe infestations: Bed bugs, termites, rats, fleas, roaches
  • Unknown infestations or pests you can’t identify
  • Dangerous pests: Scorpions, spiders, stinging insects
  • Invasive pests inside walls, under floors, or in confined spaces
  • Follow-up after DIY attempts fail to solve the issue fully
  • If you live in a home with children, the elderly, or pets who can’t be exposed to chemicals
  • If you are busy and lack time for complex DIY prep work and processes

Weigh the risks, costs, and your time and abilities to decide between DIY vs a professional exterminator. Serious pest issues almost always warrant calling in the experts.

Benefits of Professional Pest Control

Some of the benefits of professional pest control include:9

  • Effectiveness: Exterminators have high-grade chemicals and specialized tools the average homeowner can’t access. This makes them far more equipped to handle difficult infestations like termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches.
  • Safety: Professionals know how to use chemicals in a controlled, proper manner with precautions to keep your family safe. DIY mistakes with hazardous materials could endanger your health.
  • Thoroughness: Professionals know how to locate every last nest and breeding ground, whereas DIY treatments may just drive pests to other areas in your walls and floors. They have the experience to be extremely thorough.
  • Cost effectiveness: If DIY attempts fail, you may spend more on buying products and labor than you would have to pay a pro once to solve the issue permanently.
  • Convenience: Exterminators handle the dirty work of finding, trapping, and discarding pests so you don’t have to.
  • Prevention: Exterminators don’t just kill pests, they seal up entry points and take proactive steps to keep them from coming back. DIY treatments may kill what you can see but don’t address the root causes.
  • Damage Prevention: Ignoring a major termite or rodent problem while attempting to treat it yourself could allow additional home damage. Extermination stops this quickly.

For severe pest infestations, the expertise and effectiveness of professional pest control make it worthwhile, especially considering the home repairs DIY mistakes can lead to.

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However, for small nuisance pest problems, DIY solutions can work if applied diligently and thoroughly.

Weigh the risks and benefits of each approach for your specific situation.

How To Choose an Exterminator

If you do need to hire a professional exterminator, here’s how to choose the best pest control service:9

  • Get referrals from neighbors, friends and family about pest control services they’ve used and trust.
  • Search online reviews on web directories and other reputable organizations that list and rate businesses for highly-rated local exterminators. Look for pest control companies with at least a 4-star overall rating after being in business for 5+ years.
  • Request quotes from at least 3 to 5 top exterminators so you can compare pricing and service plans side by side. But don’t make price your only consideration.
  • Make sure the quote is clearly itemized so you understand exactly what is covered and what would incur extra fees. You should always read contracts carefully before signing, particularly for recurring services.
  • Make sure the company and its technicians carry all required state licenses and continue education training. This indicates they stay up to date on pest control best practices.
  • Inquire about warranties and service guarantees ensuring complete elimination of the pests and re-treatments if they recur within a certain timeframe, often 30 to 90 days.
  • Ask about their inspection process, treatment methods and products used, warranties, payment plans, and what precautions you need to take before and after service. Clear communication is key.
  • Ask about their treatment methods and products used to ensure they suit your preferences and home.
  • Ask what current specials and discounts they offer for new customers, recurring service plans, or combos with other treatments like lawn care.
  • Go with a larger company that can tackle any pest problems you have rather than a niche provider that only handles certain pests.
  • Inquire about the prep work you’ll need to perform before they arrive.
  • Ask what precautions you need to take during and after treatment for your safety.

Taking time to research and vet several exterminators will help you hire the best one for your pest problem, budget, and home. Doing diligent homework reduces the risk of any surprises or disappointments down the line.

What To Expect From a Professional Exterminator

Here’s an overview of what you can expect when you decide to hire a pro exterminator:9

1. Initial Inspection

An inspector will tour your home looking for signs of infestation and entry points. They will identify problem areas and likely advise on the type of pests based on evidence found.

The inspection often takes 30 to 90 minutes depending on the home size.

2. Customized Quotation

After the inspection, the company will provide a cost quote for services tailored to your pest problem. They should detail what is covered, including:

  • Type of pests and treatment plan
  • Products to be used
  • Projected number of visits/timeline
  • Any supplemental services, fees, or charges
  • Service guarantees

3. Pre-Treatment Preparation

If you approve the quote, the company will then instruct you on preparing your home.

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This may involve:

  • Removing pets
  • Lifting furniture for access
  • Emptying cabinets/drawers in affected rooms
  • Washing linens and bedding
  • Leaving the home for a period during/after treatment

4. Initial Service Treatment

On the first treatment date, the exterminator will return to implement the planned pest control methods. This may include:

  • Applying pesticide sprays or dusts
  • Laying out traps or bait stations
  • Sealing entry points
  • Treating the home perimeter
  • Filling wall voids with chemicals
  • Fumigating or tenting

5. Follow Up Visits

Most moderate to severe infestations require 2 or more visits to ensure the pests are fully eliminated. Follow-ups are often weekly or monthly depending on the pest.

The company should provide a schedule for additional treatments.

6. Prevention Plan

Reputable companies will offer tips to pest-proof your home going forward and make recommendations on keeping populations from recurring.

7. Ongoing Communication

It is important to work collaboratively with your chosen company and keep them updated on any pest sightings or issues between visits.

Hiring a professional doesn’t mean handing over the reins completely. You still need to monitor for pest signs, report any concerns, and follow all preparation instructions.

That said, the right exterminator will handle eliminating your invaders efficiently and effectively taking the burden off you.

Ultimately, exterminator prices depend on the type of pests invading your home, how widespread the infestation is, and the intensity of treatment needed for elimination.

While regional averages give a baseline, your specific situation will determine exact pricing. Weigh the pros and cons of Do It Yourself pest control versus hiring an exterminator according to the risks and severity your home faces.

Be sure to get detailed quotes from highly reviewed companies outlining exactly what services and products are covered.

With some exterminator prices shopping and diligence, you can gain peace of mind knowing your family and home are protected from the health hazards and destruction of unwelcome pest infestations at a reasonable pest control price.

Frequently Asked Questions About Exterminator Prices

Can Pest Control Spraying Be Harmful to My Family?

Reputable exterminators only use EPA-registered pesticides that are safe for indoor use when applied correctly. But you should discuss any concerns about children or pets and confirm if you need to vacate the home temporarily during or after treatment; ask for the least toxic methods suitable for your needs.

What Questions Should I Ask a Pest Control Company?

Ask your pest control company of choice about licenses and credentials, treatment methods and products, preparation required, costs, timelines, warranties, safety precautions, their experience with your type of pest, and any other specifics concerning your home and situation.9 Request references and read reviews as well.

How Can I Avoid Needing an Exterminator in the Future?

Keep your home clean and tidy, promptly fix leaks, seal cracks and crevices, store food in airtight containers, declutter infrequently used areas, maintain your exterior landscape, and take other preventative measures to deny pests food, water, and shelter on your property. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to pests!


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