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How much does pest and insect control cost? | 2024 cost guide

9th Feb '24 • By Rohit Mankame

Regular pest control is important to rid your home of unwanted pests and can also be used as a preventative measure to avoid infestations down the track.

When it's time to hire professional pest control services to inspect and treat your home, you may be wondering, "How much does pest control cost?"

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  • Cost of pest and insect control
  • Types of pests
  • Common pest control treatments
  • Factors that influence the price of pest control
  • Hiring a pest controller
  • Eco-friendly pest control


Cost of Pest and Insect Control

Pest control treatments can cost from as little as $150 for basic treatment to upwards of $700 for an extensive indoor and outdoor treatment. Whether you're purchasing or selling a house, if you have bugs, you'll want to get rid of them.

When you sell your house, pest control should be addressed because you do not want prospective buyers to find ants marching across kitchen benches or other rodents scurrying across your floors. Most specifically, you don't want termites to put investors off or damage your home's structural integrity. 

But is it challenging to handle pests? This depends to a great degree on what type you're removing.

Types of Pests

The most common types of pests you'll find around the home include:

  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Bedbugs
  • Spiders
  • Termites
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Bees
  • Wasps

In all instances, you should hire professional pest control services to inspect and treat your home. So how much does pest control cost?


Common Pest Control Treatments

To determine the exact cost and type of treatment you need for your home, we recommend getting several quotes from local pest control experts.

Based on standard jobs, you can expect to approximately pay the following:

  • One-off general treatment: $190
  • Flea and tick treatment: $250
  • Rodent treatment: $300
  • Termite treatment: $500
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor treatment: $700

Look for services that provide a guarantee. If pests return after a given amount of time, the service provider will come to your home and fix the issue without any additional charges. They must set a specific guarantee period because all pest control products are only effective for a limited amount of time. Having your home treated once a year to keep pests at a minimum can be a good idea.

Factors That Influence the Price of Pest Control

The size of your property and the type of treatment required are the two major influencers of price. 

Most general treatments do not cover fleas, mosquitoes, termites, and bed bugs. Ensure you discuss with your pest control professional what the treatment covers and whether this will fix the issues you've been facing.


Hiring a Pest Controller

When the time comes to hire a professional pest controller, you need to be sure that they can effectively complete the job. Each state in Australia will have specific criteria for licensing requirements, so do your research to make sure they're appropriately qualified. A few questions to ask your potential contractor include:

  • Do you have a licence?
  • Will you have insurance to operate in my home?
  • How long have you been operating?
  • What products will you be using?
  • For how long will the products be effective?
  • Can I have a quote in writing?
  • Do you have any references that I can check?

Eco-Friendly Pest Control

Many homeowners are concerned about the use of chemicals that may be harmful to pets and their families. Many pest control companies market themselves as being natural, green, or eco-friendly for their home. This might mean a variety of things. They may use substances that have little, or minimal, environmental or human impacts. This may even imply they catch an insect and remove it from the premises instead of killing it, so be sure to clarify what this means when they're advertised as "eco-friendly".

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Further Reading

All the costs quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are to be used as an AUD cost guide and may vary locally, and are subject to market changes.

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