Cockroach Extermination Cost Guide for Homeowners

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated January 27, 2022
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One roach extermination treatment costs between $100 and $300, and the average cost for two treatments is $300

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Few things are worse than flicking the light on in your kitchen and seeing a roach scurry under the refrigerator. Where there's one roach, there's usually more, so if you've spotted them out and about, it's time to call an exterminator.

Naturally, you probably haven't budgeted for this unexpected expense and wonder how much a roach exterminator will cost. This guide breaks down average costs for treatment as well as additional extras and considerations.

How Much Does a Roach Exterminator Cost?

Cockroaches are frightening, but they can also cause health problems, like allergies and asthmatic reactions. However, roach removal is fairly affordable if the problem isn’t severe. In that case, an exterminator will come to your home, examine the areas where you’ve noticed cockroaches, and apply pesticides to deal with the problem throughout your home.

A single treatment costs around $150, or between $100 and $300, although it can be as much as $400. If you need two treatments to fully remove the cockroach infestation, it will cost you $300 on average. If you need a year's worth of treatments, that can run you up to $600 or more.

However, if you've got an extreme infestation and need pest control to fumigate the whole house (which is much different than regular pest control services), it could cost you as much as $6,000. The prices go up substantially because you're treating the whole house rather than one area with pesticides, and it’s a lot more labor-intensive than a standard treatment.

If you have a larger-than-average home, a fumigation will cost you more. The price per foot is usually about $1 to $3.

What Level of Roach Extermination Services Can I Get on My Budget?

Everyone has a budget, and how big yours is depends on just how likely you are to deal with the problem once and for all. Below, you’ll get a good idea of the level of roach extermination services you can get for each budget.

$10

If your infestation is small enough, you can try to use a "bug bomb." However, this product is often ineffective against cockroaches so it may not work. Be sure to carefully read safety instructions, as bug bombs can often be toxic to humans and pets.

$180

At this price, you'll be able to buy your own pesticide or purchase one professional exterminator treatment. However, this may not be enough to deal with a significant infestation.

$300

This is the average cost of two professional exterminator treatments of your home, which should deal with most cockroach infestations.

$2,000

If you’re dealing with a serious roach infestation that requires fumigation from a professional exterminator, this is the low end of what you would expect to pay for a small house at $1 to $3 per square foot.

$15,000

Suppose you've got a severe fumigation job that requires tenting on a large home (covering it in plastic). In that case, you may pay this much to get the job done—half for the tenting, half for the fumigation from a professional roach exterminator.

How Much Does It Cost to Exterminate Roaches Yourself?

You can buy your own pesticide (organic cockroach control is available) for between $40 and $180, but it's unwise to handle deadly pesticides and chemicals unless you have extensive experience in extermination.

You can also get a bug bomb, boric acid, gel bait, glue traps, bait stations, or just spray roaches as you see them for a few dollars, but those little bugs are likely to frustrate you by continuing to pop up here and there. 

However, with children and pets (and humans in general), living in the same areas you’d be using these products, it’s best to leave roach extermination to a pro. Since many pest control products can be toxic, it can be dangerous to handle these chemicals yourself. 

Roach Fumigation Cost Breakdown

Generally, extermination is a package deal, but one extra you should be aware of is "tenting." When an extermination service fumigates a home, they must erect a plastic bubble around your house to keep the poisonous gases from escaping and making nearby people and animals sick.

This service can cost between $1,200 and $3,600 for a smaller house, but up to $7,500 for a larger house.

Some professional exterminators charge tenting separately from fumigation, but usually, they will combine them into one service.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Exterminate Roaches?

The cost to get rid of roaches is usually pretty affordable. But the end result (a roach-free home) is priceless. 

The factors that affect roach extermination costs are straightforward and generally boil down to four things:

  • The level of infestation: The smaller and more localized the infestation is, the less work and pesticides it will take to handle it.

  • How many treatments you need: If you require multiple treatments, roach exterminator costs will go up proportionally.

  • The size of your home: If the infestation isn’t localized and you need to treat multiple areas of the house, a pest control company will charge you more to treat it.

  • Whether you need tenting and fumigation: If the infestation is so bad you will need pest control services to do an expensive fumigation and tenting, it can cost thousands.

FAQs About Roach Extermination

Should I hire a roach exterminator?

You should at least consult with one. Even if you think the infestation is small, you don't know what is lurking underneath your appliances or in your walls. Consider hiring a local cockroach exterminator to check your home thoroughly and give you a professional opinion.

What should I consider when hiring a roach exterminator?

The main thing to consider is what kind of budget you have for this job. The price range for a roach extermination varies widely depending on the circumstances. If it’s a localized infestation that only requires one or two treatments from an exterminator, it will probably only cost hundreds of dollars at most. But if you have a large house and a widespread infestation, be prepared to pay thousands of dollars for a fumigation and tenting.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

If you've noticed other insects such as termites, bed bugs, or ants in your home, alert the exterminator so they can check your house for other infestations at the same time. An exterminator knows what to look for to spot new infestations, so it’s a smart idea to have them check for other potential pests. Make sure to prepare for a pest control visit so your pro can complete their job thoroughly.

Finding a Good Roach Exterminator Is Easy

Dealing with a roach infestation is stressful, but it’s easy to find a qualified cockroach control professional in your area. Look for a high star rating and rave reviews to find a trustworthy professional exterminator near you.

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