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Pests are everywhere, especially here in Australia, and while some are just a nuisance, others, such as termites, can cause structural damage to your property. Damages from past infestations are enough to decrease your property value, but an active infestation can deter even the most ambitious buyers or renters. For those reasons, you must take care of the pest problem as soon as it shows its antennas.
The cost of pest control is not low, but it’s always well worth it in the long run. So, if you:
Then read along.
Pest control prices depend on a handful of factors, which you will read about in just a minute. The takeaway is this: every company will give you a different quote. Some companies charge by the hour, others by the type of services, and some have fixed prices. So, consider the prices in these tables exemplary for Australia rather than final.
|Bed bugs||$300 – $650|
|Fleas||$280 – $450|
|Mites||$280 – $450|
|Carpet beetle||$290 – $500|
|Ants||$280 – $450|
|Moths||$250 – $410|
|Flies||$250 – $410|
|Mosquitoes||$250 – $410|
|Spiders||$280 – $450|
|Silverfish||$250 – $410|
|Bees / Wasps||$280 – $400|
|Centipedes / Millipedes||$250 – $410|
|Cockroaches||$280 – $450|
|Rodents / Mice / Rats||$290 – $600|
|Possum||$450 – $900|
|Termites||$350 – $6000|
|Bird control||$300 – $1500|
|Carcass removal||$300 – $500|
|EOL pest control||$190 – $580|
|Up to 2-bedroom property||$280 – $450|
|3-bedroom property||$280 – $490|
|4-bedroom property||$280 – $550|
|5-bedroom property||$310 – $620|
|6-bedroom property||$310 – $690|
As you can see, the word pest encompasses many different critters, each of which can cause harm in its own way.
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on mammal blood. They hide in beds, furniture, carpets and wherever they can be closest to their prey. They spread rapidly and are impossible to eradicate by DIY means, thanks to their tough exterior shells and small size.
Fleas will make a life for your pet a living hell but are also dangerous to humans because fleas can carry diseases.
In most countries, ants are a plain nuisance that doesn’t pose a serious health threat. In Australia, on the other hand, quite a few species can put you in the hospital. So, if you find ants in your home, take care of them rather than trying to find out whether they are dangerous or not.
Wasps are territorial, aggressive, can sting multiple times and are not afraid to do it. The wasp sting is full of venom, which hurts so bad. Different people get different allergic reactions, some even can have fatal consequences.
Cockroaches crawl everywhere and eat almost anything, including waste. Because of this, they are known to carry at least 30 different kinds of bacteria, which can cause illness if left on food. Their faeces and old skin can also trigger asthma attacks.
Possums don’t bite unless cornered, but they carry serious diseases such as tularemia, tuberculosis, coccidiosis, spotted fever, leptospirosis and others. Each of these can be transferred to humans and pets. Possums also eat everything they can whilst on your property and won’t hesitate to go inside your trash cans if the lids are left open.
Termites spread rapidly and form huge colonies. They pose a serious threat to support structures, foundations and beams in any home with their relentless chewing. In time infested wood structures become brittle, weak and can break down.
Birds are harmless critters, but they can carry mites that can transfer to humans. Bird waste also attracts cockroaches which feed on the waste, so there’s that.
With all said so far, what factors influence how pest control prices are formed?
A professional pest controller is way more than a person with a spray bottle. They conduct a detailed inspection and act in accordance with it. With that said, what do pest control specialists do, and what does a pest treatment service include?
A pest inspection is a procedure that determines if there is pest activity on your property and whether it represents a health or property hazard. Examples of damage include chewed wires and insulation from rodents or holes in furniture from termites. The inspection also determines how likely it is to get infested in the future, making it twice as valuable.
A thorough pest inspection takes about 30 minutes to one hour and always includes:
It’s very important to have a pest inspection both before buying and purchasing a property for several reasons:
Pest inspection costs around $350-$550 and is often performed alongside the building inspection when buying a home.
Nowadays, many companies offer pest control, and it’s tempting to choose the cheapest one. But beware, cheap pest control prices may mean the service is not carried up to standards. That’s why you should always ask the following questions of each company you contact:
By now you know that the cost of professional pest control can never be low, but in the long run it is well worth it. Professionals will use the right amount of pesticides in the right areas. A regular Joe will spray your home, and home the pest never returns, whilst missing important entry points and reasons why your home got infested in the first place.
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