Bed bugs are frustrating to deal with, especially when they’ve had time to spread from room to room. If your home was recently infested with these unwanted creatures, you’re probably wondering, “How much does it cost to get rid of bed bugs?”
The cost to have bed bugs removed by a professional exterminator generally costs $300+ per room, or more than $1,500 for whole-house treatment, depending on the level of infestation and the size of the home.
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**NOTE: pricing in the table above is based on pricing in Pennsylvania (where Dominion Pest Control is located). Costs may be higher in large cities or lower in small towns.
Keep reading to learn more about the costs associated with bed bugs, and for tips on how to keep the expenses as low as possible.
Why Is Bed Bug Treatment So Expensive?
While bed bug removal may seem like a simple job at the surface level, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes. Additionally, exterminators spend time and money going through extensive training so they can perform the job successfully on the first try.
So the exterminator’s experience and expertise are part of what contributes to the expense. The other part of the expense is related to the cost of using and maintaining the tools and liquids needed during the treatment process.
How Much Would It Cost To Do It Myself?
There are a number of insecticide sprays available online for $20-$40 a bottle. Depending on how deep of an infestation you’re dealing with, as well as the number of rooms that are infected, you may need several bottles.
However, the apparent “lower-cost” of these sprays can be deceiving, because the success of treatment relies heavily on how the solution is applied, where it is sprayed, and how much is used. As you’ll learn in a moment, self-treatment options have some severe risks and downsides.
Self-Treatment vs Professional Treatment By Certified Exterminators
Choosing the wrong treatment or exterminator could cause the treatments to be ineffective, resulting in bed bugs traveling to additional rooms and worsening the problem. For example, did you know that if you try fogging a room to get rid of bed bugs it could simply drive bed bugs into the closets or walls? As a result, you may think the problem is solved and put everything back in order, only for the bed bugs to later venture out of the closets or walls and re-infect the room.
Additionally, many over-the-counter treatment sprays only kill the bed bugs on contact. In other words, if you spray the surface of a bed and some of the bed bugs are deep in the mattress, by the time the bed bugs get to the surface, the spray will be ineffective.
Want to avoid that hassle and additional expense? Find a certified exterminator in your area you can trust. Dominion Pest Control proudly serves York County and Lancaster County PA and surrounding areas. As a member of the International Bed Bug Resource Authority, we have plenty of experience successfully removing bed bugs from homes in Lancaster, Lebanon, Hershey, York, and beyond. To see how we can help you, please contact us through this form or by calling us at 717-393-7879.
What’s The Cheapest Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
In the rare chance that you happen to have prior experience successfully treating multiple homes for bed bug removal, your cheapest option would be to buy the supplies needed to do the work on your own house.
However, if you’re like most people reading this article and you do not have experience successfully treating bed bugs, the most cost-effective solution in the long run is to hire an affordable bed bug exterminator near you to get the job done right.
Self-treatment options may seem less expensive at first, but if done improperly (which is much more common than you’d think), it can result in furniture damage, and unsuccessful treatments could cause the bed bugs to further spread, costing more time and money for additional treatments.
We hope this article has helped you better understand the costs associated with getting rid of bed bugs in your home. You can learn more about how to get rid of bed bugs here on our website or by calling us at 717-393-7879.