Pest control shouldn’t be an optional task for you to undertake, and typically governments and local council regulations require home sellers to have the house professionally checked for pests by a licensed exterminator or wild care professional.


The overall price and time that extermination services take will depend on the size of the home, its cleanliness and the expected number of vermin in the home. Each city in Australia will have different costs for pest control so it’s important to do your research and talk to the professionals before assuming and developing your budget.


The services and price breakdown

There are a few different service types that will affect the pricing of pest control services, and the main one being whether you have recurring pest control services or a one-time service, like at end of a lease or before you sell your home.

Typical end of lease pest control services are more expensive and can reach $500 or more, but simpler and less difficult monthly or quarterly pest control services can be as little as $50 to $175, as the exterminator will be keeping an eye on the state of your home and making sure no pests stay hidden for very long.

If you need to have a nest of some sort located, and then periodically removed, like in the case of ant and termite nests, then there will be an initial visit that sees the exterminator locate the nest, and then over the course of a few weeks or months the exterminator will come back routinely to destroy it and slowly kill all of the insects. These services can cost around $180 to $220 depending on the difficulty and type of pest.

Outlined below is a rough price guide of what to expect from routine or on-off pest control services.

Monthly – $50 – $70
Quarterly – $65 – $90
Half yearly – $100 – $300

The type of pest will also have a dramatic effect on the price of the extermination services. Animals like ants, roaches, spiders, fleas and rodents normally require a number of complex tasks to be undertaken over the course of the year or a few months to make sure they stay away for good. Following this, the exterminator will also need to routinely return to your home to make sure the animals don’t come back or haven’t come back without your knowledge.

Animal types will also incur different costs.

Cockroaches are typically removed by spraying the home with Cynoff WP and some other agents. The initial price of this service will be $150 – $200 and will require follow-up visits to ensure the infestation is gone, with these follow-up visits sitting at roughly $50 each.

Rats and mice are a more difficult as they breed rapidly and can repopulate from the outdoors after being exterminated from the home. Normally rodent extermination costs around $300 to $500.

The type of ant is likely to affect the cost of this service, though as a more complex pest to remove, ant extermination services can push up to $1,000, with an initial cost that is typically no lower than $150.

Termites aren’t a pest that you should wait on, or ignore entirely. The damage caused by termites spreading throughout the home in the time you wait can easily climb into tens of thousands of dollars and can often even bring homes crumbling down, literally. Termite removal costs range from $1,300 and $1,500 per session and often there is more than one session required to ensure they’re all thoroughly removed.

An infestation of spiders can easily lose take over as you lose control due to their ability to lay hundreds and even thousands of eggs. Extermination of spiders can exceed $500, though average pricing is anywhere between $300 and $550.

To save yourself from having to deal with a damaged home and massive repair costs, the best time to contact a pest control team is as soon as you notice a problem, not a few months later. Getting in early is your best option for yourself as well as the exterminator. If you leave an infestation for too long you’ll be looking at higher service rates too.


Why have it done?

Having a professional home pest control service done is essential, not just when you’re selling your home, but at intervals, during the time you’re living there. This can help keep cockroaches, mice and other creepy crawlies at bay and stop the damage being done to your home that you may not be aware of, like chewed wiring and other issues.

If you fail to remove a pest in its early stages of infesting your home, then the entire removal process will become exceedingly difficult and costly. Pests like termites can cause irreparable damage to a homes roofing trusses and walls if they aren’t taken care of right away, and a similar tale holds true with ants and rats who eat through wiring and even brick.



Having your home professionally cleared of the bugs and other vermin will make your life more comfortable and less stressful, and if you’re selling your home, it will undoubtedly make the purchase process more streamlined. Buyers who can see, and are told, that a pest control service has been to your home and made sure everything is safe and pest free will be far more likely to go ahead with a purchase.

When comparing the price of an exterminators services to the cost of repairing a termite-eaten wall or ceiling, the cost becomes trivial. Getting in early and routinely having pest control visit your home can save you thousands of dollars. All you need to do is organise a consult and you’ll be given a quote.

The most common pricing for pest control services will rest on the size of your home and the pests that have been causing issues. Typically it’s safe to assume that the cost will be somewhere between $300 to $500 if your home needs a total and compressive check over and a removal of ants, roaches and other vermin. Though if you just need a quick service or a monthly extermination checkup, then you shouldn’t expect to pay any more than $300.



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