If you are like the majority of Americans, then your house is your most important investment. When you purchase a house, you are investing in the property. At some point, you will likely consider selling the property. When this time comes, the property must be in good condition. This will ensure that your house sells more quickly and at the price at which it’s valued.
But, your house is more than just an investment property. It is your home, your safe space, the place where your children will grow up. The majority of your time will be spent in your home, so it is important to take care of it and make it a place of comfort, happiness, and relaxation.
Preventative pest control is vital to the upkeep of your home. Pests are a pest. They are annoying, bothersome, and distracting. As if that is not bad enough, many pests cause property damage and could even harm the members of your family.
How Much Should Pest Control Cost?
The cost of pest control varies depending on the frequency and services provided. It is often more cost-effective to receive preventative, quarterly pest control than extermination services. Once an infestation has started, you will require an exterminator to eliminate the pests from your home. This can cost thousands of dollars depending on the type of infestation and the severity of it. Preventative pest control can reduce the chances of many different kinds of infestations.
The average cost of a single pest control visit varies from $100 to $250. You can expect to pay between $40 and $50 per month for monthly preventative visits. Bimonthly preventative visits average between $50 and $60 per month. The most popular option, quarterly services, typically cost between $100 and $300.
In comparison, extermination services cost quite a bit more. If you require fumigation, the cost averages between $200 and $400 per room. To eliminate rodents, the cost for a home is averaged to cost around $1000. Extermination visits often require a follow-up. These follow-up visits are typically not included in the initial cost and increase the total cost of extermination.
Factors to Consider
Preventative pest control is a form of insurance for your home. We pay monthly payments for car insurance, homeowners insurance, medical insurance, and various other things. These monthly payments protect us from large and unexpected expenses in the future. Paying for preventative pest control can protect you from paying large and unexpected extermination fees in the future. The benefits far outweigh the costs. However, the need for pest control does vary based on the following factors.
Where You Live
The area you live in plays a large role in determining the frequency and type of preventative pest control your home will require. The type of weather common in your area and the population density of your region are two factors that affect your need for routine pest control.
Temperate, humid areas seem to be more ‘buggy’ than others, Pest control in Virginia Beach is a must! In southern regions, termites are a common pest that homeowners must eradicate. In the southwest, some homeowners require pest control for scorpions. In populated areas like New York, rats, bed bugs, and cockroaches are the most common pests.
Stay informed and be aware of the common pests in your regions. Knowing the signs of an infestation can help you stop one in its tracks. Pest control can prevent an infestation altogether. Trash, humidity, vegetation, and sitting water are all factors that increase your home’s risk of attracting pests. If any of these four factors apply to your home, then pest control is more than insurance. It is a necessity.
Your Home’s Neighborhood and History
A couple more factors to consider include the neighborhood you live in and your home’s history with pests and infestations. If your home has been infested before it is more likely that it will become infested with the same pest again. A previous infestation means that your home is located in an area where these pests are more populated or it may be easier for pests to enter based on foundation issues, sealing issues, and various other home maintenance issues.
It is also important to consider the neighborhood you live in. If there are many homes in the neighborhood with infestations then your neighbor’s infestation can spill over and become your problem too. The chance of ‘catching’ an infestation from your neighbor is more likely if the houses are close together, there is a lot of vegetation in the neighborhood or excessive trash.
Is Pest Control Worth the Cost?
Rodents, bugs, and other pests are a huge nuisance. That fact in and of itself makes pest control worth it. But, if you consider the damage pests can cause to your home and the ‘high costs’ associated with ridding your home of an infestation, pest control is worth far more than it costs. Routine, preventative pest control can save you money and a headache.
Universal Pest & Termite Can Help
Taking action now can prevent huge problems later. If you are ready to protect your home, call Universal Pest & Termite. Pest control in Virginia Beach is a necessity. It is hot, humid, and highly populated. Universal Pest & Termite is a safe and effective pest control solution. They offer preventative ‘border guard’ services and termite inspections to help you keep your home safe and free of pests. Give them a call today at 757-502-0200.