What are the average costs of pest control services?

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$35 - $150







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How much does pest control cost?

On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $100 and $150 for a standard pest control treatment. However, more extensive treatments or addressing severe infestations may cost $500 or more. The cost of pest control services can vary depending on factors such as the pest type, the infestation size, and the location. 

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Different types of pests and their treatment costs

Pest removal costs depend on the creatures you want to eradicate. Here's a price list to guide you:

Type of pest control 

Estimated cost


$250 to $300

Interior and exterior

$150 to $750

Pre-purchase termite inspection

$250 to $270

Termite treatment

$180 to $350

Ant removal

$150 to $250

Cockroach pest control

$215 to $1315

Flea and tick removal (internal and external)

$100 to $330

Mice and rat pest control

$120 to $350

Rodent removal

$150 to $300

Possum removal

$200 to 250

Snake removal

Starts at $50

(for half an hour)

Full termite control/baiting

$1000 to $5000

Wasp removal

$200 to $500

Spider removal


If you are looking for cheaper pest control services, you can also consult local councils. Depending on your location, the law requires some government bodies to control the pest population. Some councils also offer pest control prices that are lower than average rates.

Factors affecting pest control prices

Different things determine pest control prices in Australia, such as the following:

Property size

Bigger homes require more time and chemicals for pest management, hence the higher costs. For example, internal and external sprays for a three-bedroom property cost around $150. This might reach up to $250 for a four-bedroom house.

Pest type

Some pests are more difficult to kill. For example, if the pest belongs to a nearby colony, you have to pay for nest removal, which will increase costs. You can kill some insects, like ants, with a special solution. Depending on the infestation, you can solve the problem with one or two sprays.

Treatment type

Pest removal includes different treatments: fumigation, biological elimination, chemical and physical barriers, and habitat destruction. One of the most effective but expensive methods is fumigation. However, this is not as popular in Australia.

See also: How much does termite treatment cost?

Infestation level

Severe infestation might require multiple treatments and resources, including time and money. So it's best to consult a pest control professional early to prevent critical infestation. Keep your house clean to avoid attracting pests.

Visit frequency

Pest eradication can be done through single or multiple treatments. Of course, more visits entail higher costs. However, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your family are safe from harmful pests.


This affects pest control costs in Australia. Pest control in bigger cities is often 10% to 20% more expensive than in the suburbs. These cities are also more congested, leading to a higher rate of pest infestation. 

Here's a list of average pest control costs per area:




$100 to $500

Gold Coast

$80 to $300

North Sydney

$100 to $400


$100 to $350


$80 to $350


$80 to $300


$80 to $260

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Pest control and removal options

Experts have different ways to control and remove pests. Before booking a service, a pest control professional can recommend the best method for your home. Whatever you choose, clean and organise your home beforehand. Get rid of your leftovers and dispose of your rubbish correctly.

Physical and chemical barriers

Professionals usually put insecticides and chemicals in food to attract pests. Physical barriers work by trapping pests and then eliminating them.

Biological elimination

This method works by taking advantage of the pest's natural predator. This way, you can remove or control household pests without feeling guilty about using harmful chemicals or deadly traps. However, it might not be as effective for larger-scale infestations.

Habitat destruction

Pests need unique environments to survive and multiply in your home. Often, they thrive in damp, dirty, and warm areas hidden in plain sight or places you don't regularly clean. Removing their nests is a simple way to get rid of them. You can also burn them.


This works by filling your property with pesticide gas and then waiting for a couple of days to let it do its work. It is best used on cockroaches, bed bugs, moles, wood-boring beetles, and moths.

Although these methods sound easy, it's wise to leave them to professionals since a lack of experience might do more harm than good. Experts have the skills and equipment to remove pests effectively. They also know how to prevent pests from relocating to the other areas of your property and causing further structural damage.

See also: The most common garden pests and how to deal with them

How to find a pest control expert

Are you ready to take the next step and hire a professional pest control service? Here are some pointers:

  • Get multiple quotes from professionals to help you get a reasonable price.
  • Read ratings and reviews and ask if they have a portfolio of previous work they can share with you.
  • Perform a background check and ask if the pest control professional has licenses or certifications.

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FAQs on pest control

Before hiring a pest control service, clean your furniture and appliances and mop the floor. Put flea-infested beddings and garments in the washer and vacuum your carpets. Finally, store your food and perishables in a protected area to prevent contamination.

It can take a minimum of one hour for fly, ant, wasp, and cockroach control, but it can reach up to three to four hours for flea, rodent, and bed bug treatments. It might take three to four days for severe cases where fumigation is needed.

It is best to wait a couple of days to maximise the professional treatment done in your home. The general rule is to wait three to four days. After this, proceed with cleaning and vacuuming your home. It is wise to clean your property regularly to prevent reinfestation.

It depends on the state of your property. Often, one visit is enough for milder cases. If the issue is severe, it might require more treatments.

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