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How Much Does Pest Control Cost in the UK?

Having pests in your home is always a major nuisance. They can cause serious damage and spread faster than you can keep up. Despite your own efforts, it can sometimes be extremely difficult to get rid of pests permanently. Which is when the experts should be called in.

The cost of pest control might make some apprehensive, and for good reason! Treatments can be expensive. That being said, it will always be money well spent! The professionals make sure that any unwanted houseguests are removed permanently and safely.

So, how much does expert pest control cost in the UK? Read on to find out!

If you:

  • Have an out of control pest problem;
  • Got rid of a pest, only for it to come back;
  • Are considering professional help and want to know the cost,

Then you’re in the right place! In this post, we will cover the price of different pest control services.

When should you consider expert pest control? 

Often, people will take a DIY approach to pest control. If it works, it can save you money that you would have spent on the professionals. Unfortunately, most people think this just involves eradicating the pests. They miss the most important part; prevention. 

Professional pest controllers not only get rid of the pests – they also block accessways in your house so that they never come back.  This can save you both time and money in the long run, so you won’t have to continually deal with the new rodent of the week! 

So, when should you seek professional help? The simple answer is – any time you have a larger pest invasion in your home, or just one that you don’t want to deal with.

Remember to keep an eye out for signs of infestation. This can come in the form of: 

  • Bites
  • Droppings
  • ead pests
  • Chewed cables
  • Holes in walls
  • Small holes in wood
  • Unusual sounds or smells 
  • Pet’s behaviour

Pest control prices in the UK

Pest control services cover a wide range of vermin and treatments, which can make it difficult to know when you’re getting a good deal. So, what actually goes into the price of pest control?

The size of your house

As you’d imagine, larger properties can be more expensive to treat, since more areas need attention. Pests can spread easily throughout a house, so the larger your home, the more spots they have to settle in. 

It should be noted that the price is often based on how many bedrooms there are on a property, rather than the general size. 

The type of pest

The service cost can change depending on what critter the exterminators will have to face. This is because each pest requires a different solution to remove. For instance, wasp removal will only cost around £75. They are easy to find and easy to remove (if you know what you’re doing), as most of their activity is centred around the hive.

Compare this to the price of rat removal. Rodents are much more elusive and can spread throughout an entire property, meaning it can be difficult to see where they are coming from. Not only are you paying for the tools required to deal with them (traps, etc.), but also the closure of any rodent holes that allowed them to enter in the first place. Because of this, costs are steeper, coming in at a starting rate of £165. 

The size of the infestation

Depending on how severe the infestation is, changes in price can occur. Smaller issues are usually simpler to get rid of, and it’s easy to pinpoint what areas might require the most attention. Larger infestations can take much longer, though. For more severe cases, repeat appointments may have to be made to completely get rid of the problem. Naturally, any extra appointments will carry their own charge.

The type of treatment

There are a variety of different treatments for each pest, all of which may affect the cost. As an example, let’s take a look at bed bugs. If your bed bug problem is less severe, then normal pesticides will be used, which usually gives you a starting rate of £165.

However, for a larger bed bug infestation, heat treatment may be in order. This is a much more intensive procedure, where the temperature of the room is artificially increased to kill the invaders. Heat treatments, while worthwhile, are quite pricey, setting you back £525 if you need it.

Now that you have an idea of what goes into the price, you should know what kind of costs to expect! Take a look at the table below to see our professional pest control prices, from flea removal to rodent control:

Treatment typePrice
Rats & miceFrom £165
Squirrels From £225
Heat controlFrom £525
Bed bugs & woodwormFrom £185
Ants & cockroachesFrom £165
SpidersFrom £165
FliesFrom £165
Carpet beetlesFrom £165
SilverfishFrom £165
Fleas & mothsFrom £165
Wasp nestsFrom £75

Things to consider

Now that we’ve gone over the bulk of what is included in the price, there are a few more things that you should keep in mind.

Inspection costs

An inspection booking must be carried out before you book for an actual service. The experts will need to know exactly what they’re dealing with and where the invaders are based on the property. 

Keep in mind that the inspection isn’t covered in the cost of pest control and requires a separate booking. That being said, they are typically done within 1-2 hours and are relatively cheap, so it won’t increase the overall price drastically. Inspections can cost as little as £15 and are the important first step to getting rid of all the critters.

Type of guarantee

Most of the time, pest control companies will offer some form of guarantee. These usually range between 1-3 months, but some companies offer extended guarantees. 

Pest controllers will also visit the property after a treatment has been applied. This is to make sure that all critters are gone for good and the work has been done properly. These extra visits are included in the service price, so thankfully, you won’t need to worry about paying for an extra callout if things go wrong.

For more expensive treatments and coverages (£200 and above), you can arrange further follow-up visits. Again, this is just to ensure that you are protected from pests and to fix any problems you may have. 

Can home remedies reduce the cost?

Now, while DIY pest control can sometimes work for small infestations, it rarely gets rid of the entire problem. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try and deal with the issue yourself! It can save you money in the long run if you do need to get professionals in. The smaller and more contained the infestation, the easier it is to remove. So hopefully, you’ll reduce the need for repeat appointments. 

DIY pest control methods are usually cheap and easy to implement, and there are plenty of guides available online! We also offer advice on most pests like; rats, bedbugs, wasps, and spiders

Looking to hire a pest control specialist?

Then look no further! At Fantastic Services, we work with professional pest controllers to rid your house of any creepy crawlies and elusive rodents. The specialists are fully trained and well equipped to make sure that they can get rid of the pests for you, safely. We offer the highest grade equipment and always apply the latest and most efficient proofing methods. 

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Takeaways

  • DIY pest control methods can be great at limiting the spread of an infestation.
  • When you can’t get rid of them yourself, call the experts!
  • Many different factors go into the costs of pest control, including the size of the property, type of pest, and treatment.
  • Expert pest control can be used as a preventative measure, too, and can protect you from re-infestation. 

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