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How much does outdoor pest control cost?

National average: $70


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The average cost for a pest control professional is $70. You are likely to spend between $45 and $115 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Outdoor pests can wreak havoc on a property. Certain types of insects can strafe gardens, damage trees and shrubbery, or ruin grass. They can find exposed areas in buildings to get inside. In addition, mosquitos and ticks, commonly found in backyards, can cause serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, West Nile, Zika and Lyme disease. Many types of treatments are available to combat various types of insects. Most professionals recommend signing a service contract for treatment areas that are particularly infested because outdoor pest control is a never-ending battle. These contracts are relatively affordable for an average household.

Square footage

Many outdoor pest control companies, such as Wes Mott Jr. Pest Control of Orange City, Florida, and Swat Bug Killers Pest Control Service of North Las Vegas, Nevada, base pricing on the square footage of the property.


Although most professional outdoor pest control companies will provide a one-time visit, ongoing service is best for keeping pests permanently at bay. Generally, per-visit prices are higher for a single visit than for monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly visits. Many companies offer special rates for contract customers. For example, Moyer Indoor Outdoor Pest Control of Souderton, Pennsylvania, offers its Exterior Home Guard service starting at $25 per month for 12 months, with pricing based on square footage of the property. This service covers ants (including carpenter), centipedes, clover mites, crickets, earwigs, ground beetles, millipedes, pill or sow bugs, spiders, wasps and yellow jackets, and it includes:

  • Four services per year, every other month in season

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

  • No charge for treatment of covered pests between scheduled visits

  • Free treatment of covered pests observed inside the house

Setup fees

Some pest control companies charge a one-time setup fee in addition to regular maintenance charges.


If a pest control provider doesn’t guarantee its work, customers can end up paying over and over again to address the same problem. Better companies guarantee their work. For example, Bulwark Exterminating of Schertz, Texas, offers 48-hour availability, unlimited free re-services to resolve issues, follow-up call a few days after service and free service if technicians do not show up at scheduled time.

Cost-saving strategies

Ask about senior, military, police, fire and other discounts. Some pest control companies offer a referral program; for example, Walthall Pest Services of McKinney, Texas, offers a $25 credit to customers who refer another person who signs up for annual maintenance service.

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