Oh no, bedbugs! They make your skin crawl and you pocketbook ache. The average cost of a bedbug extermination in the U.S. is $1,750, with a typical range between $1,000 and $2,500. At the high end, a large home with a bad infestation can cost up to $5,000 to treat.
Bedbugs are crafty critters. They love tucking themselves away in cracks and crevices and can survive for months without food, a.k.a. your blood. Prices for bedbug removal vary by method and square foot. Here are the creepy-crawly details of bed bug extermination.
Size Matters When It Comes To BedBug Removal
Whether you’re fumigating or using heat treatment, the cost of removal depends mostly on the size of the space. Exterminators charge either by the square foot or by room. Larger areas require more man-hours and more products to treat, and therein lies the bug-rub.
Studios and 1-bedroom apartments cost between $300 and $900. A 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom house may run anywhere from $400 to $2,500 depending on the square footage and severity of the infestation. Dense infestations may require significantly more chemicals and a lot more time to treat. When it’s bad, the cost per room can double.
Ahhh, Sweet, Sweet Fumigation
Fumigation costs range between $4 and $7.50 per square foot. It’s a pretty extensive process and involves sealing off the home with tarpaulin and filling it with toxic gas. The gas kills bed bugs and most other critters hiding in the structure. You’ll have to stay somewhere else for several days while the space airs out.
Chemical powders and spray pesticides may also be used. These can cost between $100 and $500 per room. These techniques are usually used in conjunction with fumigation in cases of severe infestations.
Heat Treatment, A Healthier Alternative
Don’t want your house blasted with toxins? Heat treatment may be an option for mild infestations. Success rates are lower with heat treatment than with fumigation, and you’ll have to keep an eye out for any survivors.
Costs range between $1 and $3 per square foot. If you’re swamped in bedbugs, I’d suggest skipping straight to fumigation. Those bedbugs have got to go! It’s cheapest never to get them in the first place. Cost of never having bedbugs: $0.00.