Infestation of pests in your home is not just an unsightly nuisance but also can pose a serious risk to your health, while at the same time causing damage to your property. The minute you are concerned that you might have a pest infestation or a few wasp nests, it is time to then call in the professionals to fumigate and treat the issue. The average hourly rate for a pest control expert in the UK is £38 per hour. HaMuch has a list of local professionals so you can choose the right local exterminator for your home and budget.
The key to perfect eradication is detail, rather than just calling around to ask for someone to deal with pests, you need to first determine what pests have invaded your home. If you keep waking covered in bites, determine if you have bed bugs or fleas in the home (bed bugs are wide and flat, biting upper half of your body and around your neck and face. Fleas are jumpy and narrow biting the lower half of your body). Each pest requires a different form of fumigation or pest-proofing to remove them. Rats will require holes / cracks in walls and under floors to be filled, any crumbs or exposed food to be cleaned up, even garden shrubs close to the home must be cut back. For pigeons it could be a simple fix of anti-bird spikes around a chimney. Termites have a preventive treatment of liquid and foam sprays to full on fumigation for serious termite infestations.
When choosing a Pest Control Expert, you need to make sure the person or company that you choose has the right training as fumigating often involves chemicals so you want to make sure that not only are they able to rid your home of pests, but you and your pets will not be in harm returning and breathing in your property. The best practice is to only look at pest experts that are affiliated with associations, e.g., British Pest Control Association (BPCA). Once you have your list of professional pest experts, next is to narrow down the list by first only selecting a company or tradesperson who have had a long-established history of removing pests as they will come into your home prepared for the infestation and know immediately what an effective solution will be.
Check if the companies you are interested in offer a public liability insurance as they will be traipsing through your home alone without your presence and might be needing to be in and out of your loft as well as any other tight or damp spaces or even up on your roof. You don’t want to find you have called a company out about mice or other rodents and now you have to replace your ceiling!
Be sure to get at least 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what extras are being offered. Some companies will offer a guarantee, so do ask each one quoted what their guarantee covers and how long a period it lasts. Check if they are VAT registered, make sure the quote has an inclusive total. Get them to do a site inspection first so that there are no nasty surprises on the day of the job so you don’t receive an invoice loaded with ‘extras’.
If you have just moved into a new home and have discovered you have unwelcome guests crawling through your cupboards. Rather than share the food you might want to get rid of cockroaches using a pest control expert. They will have a set price for a different type of infestation. So, for cockroaches, expect to pay anything from £100 to £150. So get a quote and ask for a guarantee.
For treatment you could help by making the infested area clean and free from food and other items. Sticky traps and insecticide will be used and possibly fumigation but ask for child and pet friendly solutions if needed. As well as being unsightly cockroaches can bring a heap of illnesses with them so it is best to get it sorted ASAP.
Probably your worst nightmare would be to have a rat infestation especially if you have seen them at their business. But that is the thing, sometimes you don’t ever see them so you need to look out for the tell “tail” signs they have been around. The smell or urine, droppings, scratching and footprints will be what to look out for but it’s good to get a trained pest control expert to give their assessment and what course of action to take. An initial survey followed by treatment will take about 4 hours and cost anything from £100 to £200.
When fumigating or using pesticides in your house;
Also, you may ask what to expect after the fumigation because if there are to be dead vermin or wasps dying and falling to the ground, you might want to be prepared for the level of clean up and what sight you will be greeted with on your return.
Remember a large property will often need more visits as there is more hiding space, the infestation might have reached a more serious level by the time you notice. If you live in a property with a loft or basement, it is good practice to visit the space after treatment just to keep an eye on the health of the room. Are there more ‘droppings’ than before? Can you hear birds cooing? Any rustling sounds from mice or ants coming from the walls? Pay particular attention to any gaps in the walls and dark damp areas as this may be where cockroaches, rodents, ants are all hiding.
|Wasp nest treatment||£70 per nest|
|General insects removal||£100|
|Mole & squirrel trapping||£140|
|Rabbit cage trapping||£300|
|Fox dusk or night shooting||£250|
|Mouse and rat control||£150|