Every homeowner in our region has had to contend with at least one major pest infestation. Depending on the severity, this can cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars, especially if it has gone unmanaged for an extended period of time. Pests like termites cause homeowners more than 5 billion dollars in damage. When it comes to handling big pest problems like this, typically you have to call in a professional. Many pest control experts are now offering long-term, amortized management programs. Graduate offers both and our team is well-versed enough to know the pros and cons of either. So, which is right for you? We’ll break it down.
Pest Management Service vs Program: Cost
In the most technical sense, a single service is almost always cheaper. For example, a major rodent infestation for a 1,500 square foot home can cost between $300 and $400. If that is the only pest problem you have all year, that remains less expensive than most pest management plans.
The comparison truly comes into play when you have more than one issue. A good pest management program will warranty against a recurring issue with the initial infestation. A great program will offer a warranty against multiple pests with a monthly cost of $35 to $45. If you have a large hornet’s nest on your property, it can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 depending on the size. We’ve already covered how to remove it yourself, but the safest solution is always a pro. These two services equal more than you might spend on a plan over the course of the year.
Service vs Program: Warranty
When bringing in a professional for a single service, you can expect complete eradication but the chances of a pest returning are never zero. A good solutions provider will offer at least some warranty, even if just for 30 days.
Alternatively, pest management plans’ primary feature is the warranty. The most common way homeowners find themselves looking at plans is because they have an infestation that would have otherwise been covered under a prevention plan. After signing up for their plan, should the problem pest return six months later, their service is already covered.
Service vs Program: Ease
Single service visits are usually scheduled quickly after the first call. Barring a major infestation, most service calls are solved in one visit and you don’t need to interact with a pest management professional again for the issue.
For pest management plans, they usually require multiple visits to your home. While typically easy to schedule, most visits require you to be home to give the technician access. Depending on your plan, this can be as frequent as monthly.
Whether you need a single service or preventative plan, we can help. Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and the services to correct your infestation. Ask Graduate about our preventative annual plans to keep your home pest-free year-round!