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Exterminator Costs To Treat Bed Bugs

Overview Of Bed Bug Extermination Treatment Costs

Bed bug extermination prices range from $300 to $5,000 for treatment. This is based on the size of your home, which rooms need to be treated, and the extent of infestation. Most people will need multiple treatments to get rid of bed bugs for good. 

As you can see, bed bug treatment costs have a variety of prices. For instance, smaller spaces like studios or 1 bedroom apartments range between $300 to $900. This can also change depending on what kind of bed bug treatment you get, or the number of treatments your exterminator recommends.

Today, we’ll share some tips on how to prepare for a bed bug extermination and how much it’ll cost your home. In this article, you’ll find answers to some frequently asked bed bug treatment questions such as:

Average Costs For Bed Bug Treatments

Your home’s size will be one of the largest factors in how much you’ll pay to treat bed bugs in your home. There are several ways an exterminator can charge you for bed bug treatments by:

  • Room 
  • Square footage
  • Flat-fee
  • Individual visits 
  • Contract-based

We’ll breakdown the average costs to treat bed bugs based on these pricing methods to help you understand what you should expect to pay for a bed bug treatment. 

Cost To Treat Bed Bugs Based on Home’s Size

House or Apartment SizeCost Per Visit
Small Apartment$300 to $900
2 to 3 Bedroom House$400 to $1,200
Full House Heat Treatment (4+ Rooms)$800 to $2,500+

If your bed bug infestation is isolated in one room, you’re in luck! Most exterminators charge $200 to $300 per room. To fully ensure that you get rid of bed bugs for good, you’ll need 2 or 3 bed bug treatments. 

This is why exterminators may offer some homeowners a bed bug treatment contract. This can help alleviate costs for multiple bed bug treatments, especially in larger homes. 

Cost To Treat Bed Bugs With A Contract 

Exterminators may charge their clients based on room, square footage, or based on a predetermined flat fee. This is why exterminators will give their clients a consultation and inspection. Depending on your exterminator, they may give you a free consultation to go over all their pricing options.

Full home inspections can cost anywhere from $150 to $200 depending on your chosen company. The inspection helps your exterminator decide what the best form of treatment is.  

If you have a larger home or a more severe bed bug case, your exterminator will likely suggest multiple treatments. Since most larger homes can be over $2,500 to treat, your exterminator may suggest different pricing options like a contract.

Your contract should say what kind of treatment you’ll have, how often your exterminator will treat your home, and the cost. Normally, bed bug treatment contracts work in 3 ways:

  • Monthly visits for $40 to $50 a session 
  • Semi-monthly visits for $50 to $70 a session 
  • Quarterly visits for $100 to $300 a session 

Cost To Treat Bed Bugs Based On Treatment Type

There are several types of treatments you can choose from. Your exterminator may recommend or prefer one over the others based on your situation. Each treatment can have different effects on your home and your family, and will have varying costs.

Type Of TreatmentAverage Price
Heat or Thermal Treatment$1 to $3 per square foot
Fumigation$4 to $8 per square foot
Chemicals & Pesticides$100 to $500 per room
Steam$250 to $1,000 per room

Bed Bug Thermal or Heat Treatment Costs

Heat treatment or thermal treatments can cost anywhere between $1 to $3 per square foot. This can cost homeowners anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000 depending on your home’s size. Heat treatments are especially effective at killing bed bugs at all stages of life.   

This treatment requires your exterminator to heat your home to over 120 degrees. Heat is an incredibly effective and easy method to get rid of bed bugs in your home. If other items such as clothing, sheets, and linens are infected with bed bugs, you can use the hot soapy water and your dryer’s highest setting to kill them easily. Bed bugs normally die within a couple hours of heat treatments. However, sensitive items may melt during this process. Be sure to speak with your exterminator about what to do with these items before treatment. 

You will need the help of an exterminator to effectively heat treat your entire home. But, you can use steam or the heat of your dryer to get rid of bed bugs yourself. Steam is a little less effective than an exterminator’s heat treatment. DIY steam treatments cannot penetrate deeply enough to kill all bed bugs. Steam often only reaches no deeper than 2 to 3 inches. 

Bed Bug Tenting And Fumigation Costs

Fumigation is by far the most expensive, but effective form of bed bug treatment. Fumigation can cost anywhere between $4 to $7.50 per square foot. In addition to the cost of treatment, homeowners will also need to find accommodations while their home is being fumigated. 

This bed bug treatment will require a space to be closed off with tarpaulin or tarp and fill your home with bed bug-killing gas. It’s often the solution for larger homes or homes with severe infestations. Fumigation can cost a minimum of $5,000, but most homeowners often pay more than $10,000 for treatment, labour, and accommodation costs. 

Bed Bug Chemical Sprays and Pesticide Treatment 

Exterminators often use chemical spray and pesticides to treat bed bugs in small spaces, or infestations isolated in one room. These chemicals can come in liquid or powder form, and cost $100 to $500 per room. Your exterminator will often suggest another form of treatment aside from just the one chemical spray. 

Chemical sprays are often a good bed bug treatment for smaller and more confined spaces like cars or single rooms. 

Bed Bug Treatments Based On Company

The pest control company can determine what you pay to treat your bed bugs. We’ve taken a look at some popular pest control companies and analyzed their average costs to treat bed bugs. 

To talk to a pest control company near you, or to book an appointment with one of our partners, you can call Pest Brigade to get a quote today.  

Orkin 

Orkin typically charges an average-sized home $1,300 to $1,600 for a bed bug treatment. A 1 bedroom apartment can cost as low as $400 for bed bug treatment. These estimates can possibly cost more depending on the extent of your infestation and your treatment method. Orkin is known to charge a little higher than other pest control companies. 

However, Orkin is also a nationally recognized company and offers a 30-day guarantee. Orkin uses their  “AIM” system when treating their client’s homes. This requires exterminators assess, implement and monitor infestations to guarantee customer satisfaction. Whenever possible, Orkin will try to find homeowners a chemical-free treatment for their bed bug infestation.

Terminix

Terminix is the largest pest control company in the world with partners in both the UK and Canada. Their cost to treat an average-sized home is around $1,400

What makes Terminix great for many clients is their free inspections, and 30-day post-treatment guarantee. They also offer an additional 90-day guarantee for clients who purchase their mattress and box spring covers. 

How To Prepare For Your Home To Be Treated For Bed Bugs  

Before your consultation and inspection, give your a quick tidy and make sure your exterminator can easily access all the infected areas. If specific rooms are infected, make sure beds are moved about an inch away from the wall and no other furniture is blocking any part of the bed. 

Upon your initial consultation with your exterminator or after their inspection, ask them how much it’ll cost to treat your home for bed bugs. Your exterminator should be honest with you about the extent of the damage without having to pressure you. The exterminator will then show you if only certain rooms need treatment, or the entire home.

There are a few things to consider when hiring an exterminator. You can check out our guide on questions to ask your exterminator before you hire them. This will help you properly prepare to have your home treated for bed bugs. 

If you’d like to chat to one of our experienced partners, you can call Pest Brigade to see what else you should know about treating bed bugs.