The need for fumigation can arise at any point in time, sometimes as the final option for exterminating pests after all else has failed. The cost, however, is what keeps some homeowners from going through with it.
There are several factors that affect the cost of fumigation. Each of them will be explained below, along with the typical costs, the method for calculating the potential cost, and the cost of carrying out fumigation yourself.
The first and most popular influence on the cost of fumigation is the size of the property to be fumigated. It is only logical to think that the bigger the area, the more gas will be needed for complete extermination. The second influencer is the company or professional hired and their fumigation process.
This second influencer encompasses other factors such as size of the sprayer, type of gas, degree of protection attainable, and so on. The third influencer is the type of pest you want to get rid of. For instance, you may receive different quotes for termite and bedbug extermination.
Generally, your home will need to be inspected prior to the treatment. Depending on the company, the inspection may be carried out free of charge. If not, you can expect it to cost between $100 – $200.
The actual fumigation can be as inexpensive as $1,000, and as costly as $4,000 or more. If the size of the target area is estimated at 1,200 sq ft, the price should be within the $1,200 to $2,500 range, and $2,500 to $3,800 range for 2,500 sq ft. It is imperative to note that attachments (i.e. garages, decks, basements, etc.) in the building are not negligible and will be taken into consideration by any exterminator while ascertaining the cost of his service.
Calculating The Probable Cost
Any quote your receive should ideally be in the following style:
$XX.XX for every 1,000 cubic feet
Once you’ve got a quote, all that’s left is the measurement of the size of your home, and the eventual calculation of the potential cost according to the quote and size of your home. Measuring the size of the infested area is arguably uncomplicated and the only tools needed are a calculator and a tape measure.
Cost of Solitary Fumigation
Most people undertake solitary fumigation as a cheaper option, but it may be unwise and may warrant the expending of a higher sum of money in the future. If it’s only a small area, you can purchase foggers designed for indoor use, bags for garbage, and airtight plastic bags. Find out how much these cost and then add the sum together to determine how much you’ll need to spend. You can then follow a simple procedure (as can be found in books and on the Internet) to fumigate your home.
However, if the area is quite large, it’s more sensible to hire a professional – especially if tenting is necessary. Exercise extreme caution and follow a reputable fumigation guide if you are performing this yourself.
It should now be easy to ascertain the cost of fumigation for your home or business. Try to compare quotes from different companies/fumigators and look for professionalism too, because cheap services can come back to bite you.