There are some wonderful and fascinating creatures in our world, even among insects. Yet many of them we do not want to see in our homes. Household pests are a common problem in the USA, one that can be troublesome and at times dangerous, and some can be surprisingly difficult to eliminate.
For example, cockroaches are among the most commonly found pests in the USA. If you have experience with cockroaches in the home, you may already be aware that they are stubborn creatures that survive just about every attempt to eradicate them. This is why it is essential that you engage the services of a pest control professional if you are to keep your home pest-free.
For Long Island homeowners, one of the leading pest control companies in the field is Majestic Pest Control, as they have been helping keep homes pest-free for some time. A reputation for great service at sensible rates comes with Majestic, but how much does it cost to rid your home of pests? That’s what we want to talk about here, and we are going to look at the various factors that influence the cost of professional pest control solutions.
What Pests Are You Dealing With?
When you call a pest control company, they will attend your home and perform a survey to determine the type of pests that are infesting your home. They will then give you a quote. However, the average price is somewhere between $100 and $270, according to recent surveys. The type of pest involved is just one of the many aspects that will influence the cost of the elimination process.
Different pests require different solutions to get rid of them, and some are more costly than others. This is why we suggest you always seek quotes from at least two and – if possible – three local pest control companies to get an idea of what you will need to pay.
How Bad is the Infestation?
A further factor that will have an influence on the cost of your pest control treatment is the severity of the infestation. Most household pests have the annoying ability to multiply very, very quickly. A mouse, for example, may have ten litters per year, each one of 5 or 6 young. These young can reproduce after 30 days. It’s easy to see how a few mice can become hundreds in a short time. This is why you should call in professionals as soon as you see a mouse or other pest.
More pests to eliminate means more time taken, so getting in early is the best thing to do. If you think the multiplication rate of mice is worrying, consider the cockroach. A single female roach can, by way of rapid reproduction, result in 18,000 roaches per year! That’s something to keep in mind! Your pest control professional will quote you for the type and severity of the infestation, so make sure you have a thorough survey performed.
Do You Need More than One Treatment?
Some pests may require professionals to return to your property more than once. This applies where there are rodents concerned, as traps may need to be laid and checked by the exterminator. Bedbugs may also need repeat visits to ensure that they have been truly eliminated, as even the most experienced professional may find it difficult to ensure they have removed all the eggs.
Ask your pest control expert for details of the number of visits they will need to make to complete the treatment and for extra costs if you need to call them out again. In some cases, it may be cost-effective for you to ask them to give you a price for a contract for regular visits as this can prevent infestations from becoming too serious. Regular visits are a good choice if you live in a rural area, for example, where rodents may seek warmth in your home, or if you travel regularly and stay in hotels as this is the prime cause of bedbug infestations in the home.
What Size is Your Property?
The size of your property will also affect the cost of the pest elimination problem. More rooms mean more places for pests to infest and more hiding places too. Some pests like to live in specific environments – cockroaches, for example, will live anywhere but do like warm and moist locations – while others like to hide in the creases of soft furnishings. The work in finding where the creatures are living will become more difficult when the home is a larger property.
Ants are a major problem in bigger homes as they are especially difficult to find, and to get rid of a colony of ants, one needs to uncover where they are nesting. This requires an expert, and if you have an idea where the pests are hiding, it may help them if you can guide them to it.
Advice on Preventative Measures
Your pest control expert will be more than happy to advise on preventative measures for minimizing the possibility of pests in the home. If you wish them to carry out measures or install protection, then there may be additional charges for this service. It’s always worth asking for the possible cost of this type of service before you agree to it, and it can be built into a regular plan, as we described earlier.
Get More than One Quote
It is a sensible choice to get more than one quote when looking for pest control in Long Island. We can’t give you a precise cost to expect – although we will repeat that broad range from $100 to $270 – but we do suggest that you don’t automatically take the cheapest option. Talk to a few local pest control professionals, and you will find a company that you feel comfortable with, and if they are not the cheaper option, don’t be afraid to show them your other quotes and see if they can match or get nearer to the best price.