One of the biggest nightmares of any homeowner is discovering that unwelcome pests have somehow made their way into your house.

Aside from the shock and disgust that can come from seeing a cockroach infestation or any pest in your home, pest control services can also put a dent in your wallet, as most people aren’t expecting to run into that kind of problem.

Understanding the types of pests you might run into and comparing the price of pest control will allow you to evaluate your options and prepare for the worst-case scenario.

What Is the Average Cost of Pest Control?

The average price of pest control can cost anywhere between $100-$300 per visit and $40-$70 for a monthly pest control plan.

While a pest control plan may seem more expensive, it can be more affordable and more effective if your home requires multiple treatments for a severe infestation.

Furthermore, this does not factor in the impact that a pest infestation can have on your home’s structure and resale value. As we like to say: peace of mind is priceless.

On average, this is what you can expect to pay for a monthly plan, one-time visit, or ongoing service.


Average Annually First Visit Monthly Maintenance Plan Ongoing Service
$300-$550 $150-$300 $40-$70 $100-$300

*Prices based on Forbes Home

Pest control prices will also be heavily influenced by several factors, which we list below.

Factors that Influence Pest Control Prices

Pest Type

The price you pay for pest control will depend on the type of pest you’re dealing with. While certain pests, like ants, are typically less expensive to treat, a larger or more serious infestation, like cockroaches, will most likely cost you more money to keep them out for good.

Pest Control Prices Table

Cockroaches $100-$400
Rodents $150-$550
Bed Bugs $300-$5,000
Termites $2,000-$8,000
Spiders $100-$200
Ticks $55-$100
Ants $100-$550
Mosquitos $350-$550

*Prices based on Forbes Home

Degree of Infestation

While it’s true that all infestations need to be taken seriously and dealt with promptly, different levels of infestation can vary in cost. Depending on the specific type of pest and how serious the infestation is, you may end up paying less than you expected if the problem is easy to treat.

However, there are certain pests that are notoriously difficult to treat, like keeping cockroaches away. You may have heard the adage, “if you see a cockroach during the day, there are likely a lot more in your home.” Because of this, it is imperative that you call a pest control company immediately to have the infestation evaluated and treated.


Location will influence pest type as the climate you live in will determine what types of pests you are vulnerable to. However, location will also impact the seasonality of your visits as hotter climates may require more ongoing pest control than colder climates, slightly raising the rates.

Company Pricing

Shopping between different pest control companies will give you a lot of choices in the marketplace to find a monthly plan or exterminator that is right for your budget.

Home Size

The size of your home can also determine how much you’ll end up paying for pest control. The more square footage that needs treatment, the pricier it will likely be, especially if your whole home has been infested. Conversely, if you live in a smaller space, such as a studio apartment, the cost of pest control treatments will most likely be cheaper.

Number of Visits

The number of pest control visits required to treat your home depends on the infestation’s seriousness. If the infestation is caught early on or the type of pest isn’t that invasive, you may only need one or two visits to eliminate the problem.

However, if the infestation is more invasive, your pest control specialist may require several regular visits. Also, it is important to remember that even if your pest problem seems to have been resolved, you may still need to keep up with quarterly visits to ensure the issue doesn’t return.

Treatment Type

The specific type of treatment required to eliminate your pests can also determine how much you pay.

A home protection plan is a great option for homeowners who don’t currently have a pest problem but want to prevent one from happening. A home protection plan also gives you peace of mind that your home is safeguarded from any potential pests, and can also save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run.

When it comes to pest control, pest prevention is always the safest route.

For those who already have spotted pests in their home, however, you should seek treatment promptly. Depending on the type of pest you’re dealing with, there are a variety of methods that may be employed. From pesticides and sprays to baits and traps, your pest control professional will assess the situation to determine the best course of action.

DIY Vs. Professional Pest Control Comparison

It may be tempting to try to “do it yourself” when it comes to eliminating household pests but be advised that the problem you’re dealing with may be too large for you to face on your own.

If you’re dealing with less invasive pests, like ants, and are looking for a quick fix, purchasing a can of chemical-based spray may work for you. However, it is important to keep in mind that these sprays can be harmful to humans and pets, so consider speaking to a pest control professional at the first sign of infestation.

Furthermore, many pests like cockroaches, termites, and bed bugs should be handled professionally to contain their spread and protect your health.

Ultimately, when it comes to selecting a DIY approach or a professional call, you need to balance your budget with the type of pest and level of infestation you’re dealing with. Often, we find customers who spend lots of money on DIY products only to make their problems worse and call us in the end.

So call a professional whenever you spot a pest or even for periodic inspection to ensure your home is pest free.

Now that you have a better idea of how much pest control costs, you can make an informed decision should you ever encounter any unexpected visitors.


Do you really need monthly pest control?

While monthly pest control may seem unnecessary to some, we typically advise homeowners to continue pest control services even if it seems that the problem has been resolved. By stopping treatment, there is always a possibility that your pests will return, so keeping up with a home protection plan is typically recommended.

How much does it cost to get a pest control plan?

The average cost of a monthly pest control plan ranges from $40-$75 monthly. Our Home Protection Plan starts at $40 a month and protects against 40 different species of pests. We also offer plans for $55 a month with additional bed bug coverage and $75 a month with an Active Termite Monitoring System.

How often should I get pest control treatment?

We typically advise homeowners to keep up with pest control maintenance every 2-3 months, but this length of time could vary depending on the type of pest and level of infestation. Your pest control professional will evaluate your specific infestation and determine how often you should get pest control treatment.