How much does it cost to fumigate a house per square feet? Let’s do some digging.
Properly structured buildings are designed to resist the effect of natural elements like a snowstorm or other outrageous climatic conditions. Yet, there is no design to guard against pests from intruding our homes.
For instance, micro pests like termites, bugs, or ants can invade a home and make it their permanent residence and are difficult to eradicate.
One way to wipe out the entire population of these pests is by thorough fumigation.
Apart from the fact that pests are destructive and carriers of infectious diseases, they are creepy. No one can comfortably accommodate pests in a living environment.
If you have a plentiful population of cockroaches, termites, bedbugs, or rodents in your home, there is necessarily an urgent need to eradicate the creepy animals before they take over your household.
COST OF HOUSE FUMIGATION
Fumigation is the process of eradicating pests living in an environment with the use of chemicals to terminate the pests by suffocation.
It is an aggressive procedure that requires the absence of pets and humans for a longer period until the entire pest is eliminated from the environment.
The period of absence can span for days and up to a week to avoid the negative effect of the chemicals on pets and humans.
Some stubborn pests are capable of building resistance; these pests may require more concentration of chemicals- fumigant- to effectively terminate their existence in the area or environment.
There are two major approaches to fumigation; you can either opt for DIY (Do IT Yourself), which is cheaper, or you can employ the service of a fumigation expert. This depends a lot on the extent of pest infestation and your ability to take the DIY route of fumigation like an expert.
The cost of fumigation generally depends on the following factors;
- The Size of the Property
Fumigants are lethal chemicals that are used in enclosed places. In the case of open space, a tent is erected over it to make it enclosed.
The price for fumigating will depend on the size of the property, which costs between $1 – $3 per square ft. in other words, a bigger property will mean a higher cost of fumigation because a larger house requires the use of more chemicals for effectiveness.
For example, a 1000square foot would cost be between $1,000 – $3,000.
- The Type of Pest
The cost of getting rid of a macro pest is different from the cost of getting rid of a micro pest. The type of pest will determine the cost of ridding them off your property.
Also, the cost of purifying for a termite infestation is different from the cost of eradicating an ant infestation or cockroach.
- The Degree of Pest Infestation
A high degree of infestation will require the generous use of the fumigant or, sometimes, a higher concentration of the chemical.
There are situations where pests invade the furniture and other equipment in the home; in this case, there may be a need to purify the furniture and the equipment separately, which will require more fumigant.
Cost-Effective Fumigation- The DIY Route
Doing household fumigation is more or less cost-effective, depending on how it is handled.
For instance, if you are purifying your household by yourself just to save cost, you will end up paying more if you don’t get rid of the pest properly, and you have to do it again or employ an expert to do it.
The best way to go about purifying by yourself is to do extensive research on how to disinfect and be sure that you can do it without professional help. After this, follow the steps below:
- Identify the Pest
It is unwise to treat your household for every kind of pest when you are dealing with just one type of bug that invaded your household. It is also not cost-effective to approach fumigation that way.
There is a situation where the presence of one species of pest attracts other species. In this case, you may purchase a combination of fumigants for the pests.
However, it is very important to be able to identify the pest you want to get rid of so that you can purchase the product that is effective for that particular pest. Otherwise, seek expert’s advice on which product is most effective for the particular pest.
And if you find the pest strange and new to you, you can also seek fumigation expert advice to be able to help you identify the pest and provide the necessary on how to handle the pest effectively.
- Plan Your Fumigation
You don’t just decide to purify your household on one day and carry out the fumigation on the next day. It is not even something you can plan to do in your spare time.
You need to draw a plan that includes how to vacate your household with your pets for a while. You need to plan on how to take care of things that cannot be taken along but are at risk of exposure, things like your plants, your silverware, and glassware.
You should plan on how to store away your consumables and how to protect your plants such that they will not get in the way of the chemicals (fumigants). If you have an aquarium, you should also protect it by turning off the air pumps and shutting tight the tops with plastic or seals.
The most effective way to plan is to write out the things that need to be done;
- The number of days you need to be off the household.
- The things that you need to take along
- The things that need to be protected and by what means
- Choose the Fumigation Product
There are different fumigants for different pests; therefore, you must choose the product that will best eradicate the pest you are trying to eliminate.
While choosing the fumigation product to use, you have to consider the cost, especially if the area of fumigation is wide and requires a generous amount of fumigation.
Meanwhile, cheaper is not necessarily less effective. So my advice is that you should not dwell so much on the cost as much as the potency of the product. This is because once you purchase a less potent fumigant, you will have to spend money on another round of fumigation.
- Determine the Quantity of Fumigant Required
As a rule, you need to treat your entire property to get rid of pests that may be lurking in any area of your household.
To tackle pests on your own, you have to consider the size of your home. You can do this by multiplying the number of ceiling height by the square footage of your home for you to know the cubic feet of your home.
This is how experts determine the volume of chemicals required by the household.
- Buy Bug Bomb
After you determine the quantity of fumigant that you need, you can go to a local home store to buy bug bombs in sufficient quantity for your home.
You can make your purchase during a sale, or you can meet your veterinarian to give you the best price or discount.
My advice is, pay attention to the ingredients in the product, get familiar with them, and get to know their potential risk to the environment and a person.
It is better to be informed so that you can take the necessary precaution and strictly adhere to the direction of use.
To get information on the ingredients of the product, you can easily research them.
DIY fumigation is, by standard, the cheapest method of fumigation. But then, it depends largely on the population of pest; if there is a high level of infestation, you should employ the service of an expert fumigator.
- Get Your Home Ready
After you’ve purchased your fumigant, make sure you follow the instruction and apply as directed.
Make sure that all doors are shut to ventilation, put off the fans, and all heating and cooling systems.
You also need to disable the smoke detector in your home. Also, ensure that cooking utensils and eating cutleries are securely kept away.
Store away your foodstuff or ensure that they are tightly covered.
You have to apply caution because you don’t want to risk chemical contamination.
- Set your Bug Bomb
Once your home is ready, the next thing to do is set your bug bomb. It should be placed on a surface like a table or a chair. Place the fogger bombs on the surface at each point of the home to ensure that no part of the household is uncovered.
You should wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth while at it. After setting up the foggers at every location within the household, set off each of them and exit the house as quickly as you can, and then shut the door behind you.
- Stick to your waiting time
Resist the temptation of going into the apartment earlier than planned. At the planned time for entry into the apartment, put on your mask as you go in to clear all the foggers.
Open all doors and windows to allow fresh air for some hours. After this, you can now return to your apartment.
I hope you now know how much fumigating your house should cost, as well as several considerations that should be taken seriously. Please share this guide with others.