The Oxford dictionary defines a pest as ‘a destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.’ It also has another definition though – ‘an annoying person or thing; a nuisance.’

That’s exactly what having to spend your hard earned cash on pest control can be seen as, a nuisance. But when it becomes apparent that your home has an infestation then it becomes top priority to resolve it as quickly as possible, especially if you have young children. Here’s what you can do if you spot a pest problem at home.

 

Where does the responsibility lie?

A good first place to start is by assessing whether or not it is your responsibility to handle the problem. If you’re a homeowner, the likelihood is that it will lie with you. There could be good news if you live in rented accommodation though, be sure to check your tenancy agreement thoroughly as it may actually fall under your landlord’s remit.

You should look into things such as:

  •         Was there any disrepair that could have caused a pest problem before you moved in?
  •         Has the problem been caused by something that you didn’t do or weren’t responsible for?

If the answer was yes to any of those questions, then you may have a good case for your landlord picking up the bill. If you’re unsure if it is covered under your tenancy agreement you can always seek help from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

 

What costs are associated with pest control?

Listed below are some of the most common pest control issues and what kind of costs you could incur.

 

Pest Control ServiceEstimated Cost
Inspection £21.50
Rats/Mice £99
Treatment of Wasps £46.40
Removal of Wasps Nest £80
Bedbugs (1-2 bedrooms) £250
Bedbugs (3-4 bedrooms) £496
Fleas & Carpet Beatles (1-3 bedrooms) £88
Fleas & Carpet Beatles (4-6 bedrooms) £130

 

As you can tell, some pest control services can be quite expensive. These prices were provided by the Southampton local authority so prices can vary elsewhere and could be more expensive through an independent specialist pest control company.

If you live in rented accommodation through a local council or receive a means tested benefit then you may qualify for free or discounted pest control services. To find out, just get in touch with your local authority and they’ll be able to advise you on any available deductions.

Should you not be eligible for any savings through a local authority then you could look to borrow the money from friends or family.

A pest problem or infestation is something that can’t particularly wait to be resolved, over time many pests will damage your family home and worse yet, potentially your health too. Should such a circumstance present itself then a short term instalment loan may be an option for you to get an appointment booked in with pest control within 24 hours.

 

Sources:

https://www.southampton.gov.uk/environmental-issues/pest-control/fees-charges.aspx

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/repairs-in-rented-housing/disrepair-common-problems/disrepair-infestations-of-pests-and-vermin/