Everything You Need to Know About Pest Control Service Costs

Katy Willis
Written by Katy Willis
Updated May 4, 2022
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Full-service pest control costs, on average, between $200 and $600

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Sometimes, cans of bug spray just won’t cut it. When you've got bugs, rodents, or common houseplant pests invading your home or garden, it's time to call in the pros so you get rid of these unwanted housemates.

While the average pest control service cost is $200 to $600, you can pay anywhere from $50 (for lice removal) to $8,000 (for termite fumigation). Costs vary widely based on the pest you need to eliminate, the severity of the infestation, and how easy it is to get rid of them.

How Much Does Pest Control Cost in My Neighborhood?

The national average cost for pest control service is $200 to $600. This varies, not just by pest type but also by location. Here are some average pest control costs around the country.

LocationAverage CostPrice Range
Chicago$165$130 – $220
Dallas$165$90 – $240
Denver$130$100 – $175
New York City$255$160 – $350
Orlando$150$95 – $210
Phoenix$105$60 – $155
Sacramento$105$60 – $150

How Much Does Pest Control Cost by Type of Service?

For most full-service pest control jobs, such as eliminating wasp or roach infestations, in a 1,500-square-foot property, you'll pay between $200 and $600. But if you need a termite tent and fumigation, you could pay as much as $8,000

Both are generally one-time visits, but ongoing pest control services include treatment to keep ants, ticks, fleas, and termites at bay. Here are the U.S. national average costs for one-time and ongoing pest control:

  • One-time service: $300–$550

  • Ongoing service initial visit: $150–$300

  • Monthly pest control visit: $40–$70

  • Quarterly pest control visit: $100–$300

  • Annual pest control visit: $300–$550

How Much Does Pest Control Cost by Type of Pest?

Each type of pesky pest requires different labor and materials to help you bid them farewell, so each costs a different amount. Bedbugs, for example, can cost up to $5,000 to eliminate so you can sleep easy again, while lice can cost as little as $50. Here are some typical pest control costs by critter type.

How Much Does It Cost to Do Pest Control Yourself?

If you've only got a minor problem like a few ants in your bathroom (of the non-biting variety) or some harmless spiders, you can probably handle the job yourself—all you’ll need is a few dollars for a can or two of store-bought bug spray.

But if your uninvited house guests are stubborn or have the potential to do significant damage, like with termites or bats in your home, call a local pest control pro ASAP. Remember: Pest control costs are tiny compared to the damage done by a serious infestation.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Pest Control?

Pest control service doesn't have one-size-fits-all pricing. In fact, the local pest Inspection specialist will likely come and give you a free quote based on their assessment of your property and pest problem. Take a look at a few of the key variables that impact how much you'll pay to obtain a critter-free home.

Type of Pest

Keeping spiders out of your home or getting rid of lawn grubs are DIY-friendly tasks that takes just a few minutes and costs a couple of dollars. But if you've got a bed bug infestation or have been overrun by termites, you can pay up to $8,000 for a 1,500-square-foot property. 


How easy the problem area is to access will impact how long the service takes, and therefore how much you'll pay. If you've got some roaches in the kitchen or a few ant nests in the yard, the pest control technician has a fairly simple task. But if you've got bats in the barn eaves and no Batman in sight to save the day, the job takes longer and is more challenging, so naturally costs more. 

Size of the Infestation

A single wasp nest or a small family of rats is pretty insignificant in terms of labor and cost. But if you've got a major infestation of anything, whether it's termites, bedbugs, rats, or ticks, the service will cost more. Larger infestations require more time, more materials, and often more visits, too, so the pest control company requires a more substantial payment to cover all their costs. 

Why Should I Hire a Pest Control Pro Instead of DIY-ing It?

There are many reasons why hiring a pro can be the best long-term solution for your needs. You should take into consideration the infestation size and whether the insect in question can be incredibly damaging to your home and health. 

Here are some other benefits to consider if you’re hestitant about hiring a professional exterminator:

  • Controlled pesticide use

  • Efficient solution

  • Fewer cleanups

  • Peace of mind

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FAQs About Pest Control Cost

Do exterminators give free estimates?

Yes, most exterminators give you a free, no-obligation estimate. Unless you have an emergency and need your infestation taken care of immediately, it's always a good idea to shop around and get multiple quotes. 

How often do I really need pest control?

How often you need pest control depends on your problem. If you just have a one-off issue, such as a wasp nest in a high-traffic area, you shouldn't need regular service. If, however, you live in an area prone to ticks, termites, and ants, you'll likely need at least an annual pest control service. If the problem is persistent and significant, you may need quarterly or monthly service.

What type of damage do pests cause?

The damage depends on the type of pest. Rodents are notorious for chewing through wires and damaging electricals, HVAC systems, walls, and insulation. Plus, their urine and droppings can contaminate food and water, causing significant health problems to humans and pets.

Termites and carpenter ants eat through wood and can destroy floors, walls, and furniture, causing over $10,000 of damage to property. It's estimated that termites alone are responsible for over $5 billion of property damage each year.

What time of year is best for pest control?

While the best time of year for pest controls varies on the pest type and when you notice a problem, a general rule of thumb is spring. This is particularly true for all insect pests, as numbers are pretty low in spring. 

So, if you know you have a recurrent problem, exterminating in spring destroys nests, eggs, and any adult pests before they've had time to excessively multiply or to cause much damage to your home.

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