Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
If you have household pests, you want to get rid of them, fast! Not only can they be a nuisance, but they could - in the case of termites for one - cause significant structural damage to your home. The best and safest way to get rid of pests is to hire a professional pest control service. They have the expertise, training and license to carry out this sort of work - especially considering that noxious chemicals are often used.
You can expect pest control to cost anywhere from $300 to $700, depending on the service. You may pay $130 for a 3 bedroom house, $170 for a 4 bedroom house, $250 - $300 for rodent removal, $225 for possum removal, $250 for a pre-purchase pest inspection and $300 - $700 for a combined building and pest inspection. For a ballpark idea, think about the size of your property:
Read this article to help identify the most common household pests you are likely to encounter, and more detail on how much it could cost to get rid of them.
Household pests come in all shapes and sizes - from diminutive bed bugs and termites to ‘cute’ furry possums and the widely reviled cockroach.
Here are ten of the likeliest your are likely to encounters in Australia:
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Many homeowners are wary of strong chemicals that could harm pets, children or the whole family. Some pest control services advertise themselves as ‘green’, ‘eco’ or pet/family friendly. This could mean a few things. They could use chemicals that have no, or a low impact, on the environment or humans. It could also mean that they trap or capture a pest before removing it from your property - as opposed to exterminating it.
Before you sign up with a pest control agent, be sure to check what they include as part of their service. Be as thorough as possible in describing the type or types of pests you have and the extent of the problem. If there are access problems, mention those, too. This way you will get more accurate initial quotes.
If you’re hiring an exterminator to remove termites, ensure their treatment plan is compliant with Australian Standard AS 3660. Also check if the work comes with a warranty. Most reputable services will offer a money-back guarantee.
Rob Roffey of Double R Pest Management advises homeowners to be wary of going for the lowest quote, “There are a lot of shonky operators out there who will charge next to nothing, and some people get conned by this. The sad thing is we then get called into fix their mess!”
The cost of hiring a pest control service depends on a number of factors, some of which include:
While there are variables, you may be able to roughly calculate the cost of pest control. While it might be possible to spend as little as $100 for a quick one-off treatment from a local pest control expert, prices are usually higher for a reputable service.
Some costs you might encounter for pest control include:
If you live in a high-risk termite area, your home is likely to require termite protection and treatment, including regular termite inspections, monitoring and baiting. If you are building in a termite zone you should also consider adding a pre-construction barrier to your timber-framed home.
Termite control of an isolated area could range from $180 - $225. If you need a more comprehensive termite barrier around your home this could cost as much as $3000. This is usually installed during the construction phase when your house is being built. Expect to pay in the region of $250 for a pre-purchase pest inspection, and $300-$600 for a combined building and pest inspection.
Possum removal typically involves capture (trap) and removal of the possum from your home as well as any roof repairs required. This ensures that there is no entry point for the possum into your roof cavity - the most common place that possum’s take up residence.
Expect possum removal to cost in the region of $225. This price is for a single level house with a tiled roof and includes a 12 month guarantee (Sydney). This cost will vary depending on access to your roof, how many possums need to be removed as well as how many access points need to be closed by the technician.
It is worth noting that possums are a protected species, so are not allowed to be relocated outside of their home territory. Maintaining and repairing your roof is therefore crucial, to prevent them coming back to your property.
Possums are usually captured and relocated.
Pest controllers are regulated and licensed on a local state/territory basis. Each have different licensing requirements, so you need to check with your local regulator where you live. If trainees are conducting any work they must be supervised by a licenced pest management technician.
Make sure your service is licenced and are able to produce references. Choose the service you think will do the best job.
When it comes time to hire a pest controller you need to make sure they are right for your job. Pest controllers are regulated and licensed on a local state/territory basis. Each have different licensing requirements, so you need to check with your local regulator where you live. Some questions to ask them before you hire include:
No matter the size of your job, always request a fully itemised quote including the cost of all materials used. Then choose the service you think will do the best job, and try not to be too swayed by price - cheaper is not necessarily better.
The best way of finding out the cost of pest control is to get quotes from local pest controllers. This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are.