While I’m on spring break, enjoy this guest post from Jenna Smith! She’ll be discussing the costs of dealing with one of my biggest fears – an insect infestation! I’ll be back tomorrow 🙂
Although bugs and insects are necessary to keeping the world balanced as an ecosystem, when these same bugs decide to invade your home they can throw you and your budget way off balance. All too often by the time you begin noticing the bugs or the damage, your home is already seriously compromised. As a homeowner you need to be aware how to prevent insects from invading your house, and how to handle it or what it will cost if they do.
Some of the most costly home invasions people face each year has nothing to do with burglars or lawbreakers. According to termites.com, termites and similar creatures cost homeowners upwards of $30 billion in damages each year. A single homeowner can spend at least $3,000 on termite damage alone. ACWM.lacounty.gov shares some of the insects you will want to watch out for:
- Termites (dampwood, powderpost, subterranean, drywood)
- Carpenter ants
- Bed bugs
- Carpet beetles
- Fungus gnats
- Stinging insects
Fumigation and Extermination Costs
Often when your home is invaded by these pests, the only way to get rid of them is through some form of extermination. There are different types of extermination and fumigation processes, all with their own costs. Home.costhelper.com shares:
- Chemical extermination for about 150-linear feet or 1,250 square feet will run around $1,350-$2,500
- Bait extermination for a 1,250 square foot house will be about $1,500
- Fumigation tends to be based on cubic feet plus attachments to homes like porches. Tented fumigation for 1,250 square foot home runs about $1,200-2,500
- Heat extermination also uses tenting and can run $1,250 for 1,250 square foot home
- Smaller areas of infestation may only require an Electro-gun and microwave system which costs about $1,150
Fumigation and extermination costs only cover getting rid of the pests. But if the bugs have been there a while you may have structural damage to repair too. This can cost thousands of dollars depending on where and how extensive the destruction is.
Insect Prevention Tips
The best way to keep costs low is be as preventative as you can. A few months ago, abcnews.go.com shared about bug infestations, “it’s important to be vigilant and take proper precautions”. Sarah Aguirre of housekeeping.about.com makes some suggestions about how to keep your home from attracting unwanted insect guests. She mentions to be cautious of the kitchen making sure it is kept clear of food particles or sticky bottles, and all garbage containers inside or out need to be covered with lids. For the outside, don’t keep wood too close to the house, make sure foliage near the home is kept pruned, and clear areas of standing water.
How to Avoid Paying Too Much
If you do find yourself needing pest control help, make sure you don’t get taken advantage of. Pestworld.org offers tips to remember:
- Use licensed companies
- Get multiple bids if it’s a big job
- Check references and reviews
- Buy value not price
And if you want to be sure about getting quality treatment, check out http://www.termitetreatment.com for more help.
Don’t get overwhelmed by pest control issues. Just learn about prevention, and if necessary, contact providers that can help you before things get too out of control.
About the author: Jenna is a freelance writer who normally writes on the topics of personal finance, education, and career. Jenna has been writing on these topics for a number of years now and also writes about health and fitness on occasion. Jenna is a big fan of exercise, but not running! You can read more personal finance writing by Jenna at paidtwice.com