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Cockroach infestations are a nightmare. If you see one cockroach, chances are many more are hidden throughout the house. Over-the-counter products such as sprays and traps are only temporary and largely ineffective solutions. To truly eliminate the problem, it pays to hire a professional cockroach exterminator. Most cockroach exterminators will not offer standard pricing because every job is unique. Most will want to assess the situation before giving potential customers a quote; the estimate should be free. Cost factors include the type of treatment, the square footage of the home, the severity of the infestation and whether a customer signs on for regular maintenance visits.

Size of home

The larger the home, the tougher the job for the exterminator. Most exterminators, Including Wes Mott Jr. Pest Control of Orange City, Florida, take square footage into account when offering a quote.

Type of treatment

Cockroach exterminators use many different types of treatments, including pesticide foggers to apply in mist form, desiccants that dry out the bugs, neurotoxins, gel baits and traps. Costs vary based on the type of treatment used.

Severity of infestation

The more cockroaches that are present, the more difficult and time-consuming the job for the exterminator. Most exterminators assess the severity of the infestation before providing a quote.

Maintenance visits

Many cockroach infestations cannot be eliminated after one visit. As a result, exterminators often provide maintenance plans for monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly return visits. In fact, exterminators at Apex Pest Control of Ladson, South Carolina, advise customers to beware of any company that claims it can eliminate cockroaches in one trip. Apex Pest Control suggests four to six months of treatment. Maintenance plans usually, but not always, involve signing a contract. The return visits are generally much less expensive than the initial visit. Some companies, such as Alamo Pest Management of Fort Worth, Texas, estimate the number of return visits and give a quote, but if they don’t assess a need for return visits and the infestation comes back, they’ll return to treat the situation free of charge.

Flat rates

Although the majority of cockroach exterminators don’t offer standard pricing, some do. For example, EZ Pest Solutions of Round Rock, Texas, offers a General Pest Control service for $109 plus tax.

Cost-saving strategies

If an infestation is serious and the exterminator recommends it, sign up for a maintenance plan. Even though it will add expense upfront, it will save you from paying full price for visits down the road. Ask the exterminator if any deals or discounts are available. For example, Slate Termite and Pest Control Services of Escondido, California, offers $45 off the initial startup fee when you sign up for a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly maintenance plan.

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