How Much Does Cockroach Extermination Cost?

Nobody likes finding cockroaches scuttling around their kitchen in the middle of the night. Roaches aren’t just nasty to look at, though.

When they come into your home, cockroaches can carry bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli with them. This makes their presence not just annoying, but also a genuine threat to your family’s health.

There are plenty of over-the-counter sprays and repellents you can purchase to kick the roaches out. Sadly, these solutions are often short-lived and won’t offer a long-term solution. The best approach is to hire an exterminator.

A professional exterminator will do more than simply eliminate the roaches. They’ll use their expertise to investigate why the cockroaches entered your home in the first place. They’ll work alongside you to ensure your home becomes roach free, no matter how many visits this requires. 

The extermination process is normally comprised of a preliminary assessment, treatment, and follow-up meetings. Ensure your exterminator is insured and licensed before hiring them!

So, how much can an exterminator cost? The cost of cockroach extermination varies between $100 and $400 for standard treatment. You may also have to factor in follow-up treatment to ensure that the job was successful. While the cost of extermination may seem high upfront, its worth it to live in comfort and health.

Factors such as the type of cockroach, the location of the infestation, the extent of damage, what tools are used, and whether follow-up visits are necessary will also influence the price of the extermination.

The Type of Cockroach

An exterminator will approach the job differently depending on the type of cockroach they’re dealing with. The most common roaches are German and American cockroaches. Smaller roaches are generally more difficult to exterminate than larger ones.

Smaller roaches, such as the German or brown-banded cockroach will live and breed indoors. They often dwell in moist areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. These cockroaches can carry bacteria that can lead to food poisoning and dysentery in humans. Children are especially at risk of developing an illness or having an asthmatic reaction to roach feces, body parts, and saliva.

Larger roaches live and breed outside. They come indoors during colder months in search of warmth, food, and moisture. The most common large roach is the American cockroach. While these are slightly less likely to carry disease than German roaches, they can still create an environment of illness in your home.

The Location

Because cockroaches breed quickly, their location has a direct impact on how difficult it will be to exterminate them. As nocturnal creatures, roaches are usually drawn to warm, dark spaces, burrowing under stoves, sinks, and refrigerators.

Smaller cockroaches live and breed indoors and enter homes via boxes, luggage, bags, and furniture. They can also travel through plumbing systems. They congregate in areas with moisture and food, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Larger roaches live and breed outdoors but typically enter your home and live off of organic materials in woodpiles, basements, attics, and under roof shingles. Larger cockroaches can be exterminated by spraying insecticide around the entry points to your home, at the discretion of your exterminator.

Your geographic location may also determine the size and scale of your infestation. Roaches are more common in the summer months, in areas with high heat and humidity. 

Expert Tips

Keeping a dry and well-ventilated home will do a world of good towards preventing the worst infestations.

The Size of Your Home

Generally, the larger the home, the larger the infestation can potentially be. Cockroaches breed extremely quickly. Female roaches don’t even need males to mate and can lay thousands of eggs each year. 

The larger your home, the more opportunities it offers for cockroaches to breed and burrow into the nooks and crannies. During the initial assessment, your exterminator will consider the size of your home and whether this will make their job more challenging.

The Level of Damage

Of course, the more damage your exterminator observes, the higher you can expect the cost to be. Cockroaches don’t only eat your food. They also chew on books, clothing, and furniture in your home. More damage is indicative of a larger infestation and thus, a higher cost. A bigger infestation will also warrant more follow-up appointments after the first round of treatment.

The Tools Used

Larger roaches are exterminated using insecticides and granular baits. They’re generally easier to exterminate than smaller cockroaches. Smaller roaches are usually treated with roach bait and insect growth regulators. 

Some other common approaches include using glue traps, gel bait, bait stations (also known as “roach hotels”), boric acid, desiccants, fumigation, foggers, and mist-based extermination tools. Your exterminator will have their own preferred method. Insecticide and roach fumigation costs will largely depend on whatever tools they use to ensure cockroaches won’t return to your home.

Follow-Up Appointments

Most roach infestations require several rounds of treatment and check-ups to ensure the root problem has been completely eliminated. These follow-up visits will certainly add to the expense, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. A particularly difficult infestation may require from 4 to 6 months of treatment and follow-up visits.

Preventing Infestations

In the meantime, there are many measures you can take to prevent cockroaches from coming into your home in the first place.

The first is to simply maintain good hygiene in your home. Washing your dishes, keeping a tidy kitchen, regularly vacuuming your floor, and removing excess moisture from your bathroom and kitchen are all ways you can reduce the risk of infestation.

If you can identify entry points such as holes or cracks in your doors or walls, be sure to seal them. Preventing an infestation from happening in the first place will help keep the extermination costs down, if or when an exterminator does knock on your door.

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