How Much Does Cockroach Extermination Cost?

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Cockroaches are one of homeowners’ biggest fears – the very word elicits feelings of uneasiness and disgust. And it’s not just your imagination. Because these bugs leave droppings, bacteria, and even body parts wherever they go, a roach infestation will definitely make your home an unpleasant and unhealthy place to live.

The solution? Call a professional exterminator if you see roaches in your house. Why … and how much will it cost you? Let’s find out.

Facts about Cockroaches

  1. Cockroaches cause disease. The roaches in your house can contaminate your food with their poop, resulting in a serious case of food poisoning. Because cockroaches molt regularly, their discarded skin turns to dust and can become airborne, causing asthmatic reactions and other problems to people with respiratory issues.

  2. Cockroaches reproduce like crazy. During her one-year period of adulthood, a female roach lays an average of 150 to 400 eggs -- and she doesn't even need a mate

  3. Cockroaches tend to hang out in packs. While it’s possible for a lone cockroach to find its way into your home, if you spot more than one you likely have -- or are about to have -- a roach infestation.

  4. Cockroaches are tough. They are capable of survival with little or no food. They can even live underwater or without oxygen for short periods of time. As a result, it’s hard to get rid of them without strong chemicals.

Why Call a Professional Pest Exterminator?

Though many over-the-counter cockroach sprays, poisons, and traps are available at local home and garden stores, in most cases these products will only delay a full-scale infestation or kill just a small portion of the roaches in the house. In addition to being ineffective at eliminating the problem, these products often have strong chemicals that can be dangerous to humans. However, a professional pest exterminator has the right tools and knowledge to eradicate the pesky insect once and for all, without threatening your family’s health.

When you hire an exterminator, make sure he is experienced and professionally licensed. In addition, discuss the different treatment options and what this will mean for your household. Find out how long you’ll have to leave your home and what type of guarantee the exterminator offers for his service.

How Much Does Cockroach Extermination Cost?

The cost of cockroach extermination varies depending on the size of your home, the severity of the roach infestation, and the type of treatment necessary. Your pest exterminator will utilize one of 3 methods:

  • apply insecticide in mist form with a fogger
  • spread desiccants which dry out and kill the bugs
  • use neurotoxins

This will generally cost anywhere from $100 to $400. In addition, your exterminator may recommend periodic maintenance visits, which can cost between $30 and $100 each.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

The best way to rid your home of cockroaches is to prevent them from nesting there in the first place. Use these tips:

  • Make your home less attractive to cockroaches – don’t feed them. Seal all your food, wash the dishes, and take out the garbage promptly.

  • Get rid of moisture (which cockroaches enjoy) by making sure to fix any leaky pipes.

  • Locate potential roach points of entry like cracks, holes, and small spaces behind kitchen counters, cabinets, and appliances. Seal these up with DIY caulking, but if you discover major damage to your cabinetry or countertops you might need to hire a carpenter to do repairs.

Updated December 5, 2017.

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