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Costs of Hiring Orkin and Terminix Pest Control

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

There are many benefits to using professional pest control services when dealing with an infestation in your home or office building. These benefits go far beyond the simple area of home and family and you can easily get rid of the inconveniences of these pests and you can stay safe and healthy.

Orkin and Terminix are two of the most respected and oldest companies specializing in pest control services. They offer treatment and preventative solutions for commercial and residential properties to get rid of pests.

The Cost of Pest Control

The pest control cost is influenced by many factors such as the geographic area, the type of service you choose, and the contractor you hire.

Expect to pay anywhere between $310 and $510 per year for protection plans and annual inspections from any of these two companies. These estimates are available for the homeowners who have not discovered an infestation yet. Through this service, the annual inspections are covered, as well as any pest control services in case a future inspection does uncover a problem. This may be similar to pest prevention insurance.

The costs get higher if you do have an infestation. Depending on the gravity of the problem, you will have to pay anywhere between $490 and $2,000, or even more for monthly or quarterly pest control treatments.

In the table below you will find the average prices of the pest control services charged in different cities from the United States of America.

City Average Price
Charlotte, NC $175
Boston, MA $250
New York City $260
Newark, NJ $275
Manchester, NH $250
Philadelphia, PA $200

In general, the cost of the Orkin pest control services is a little bit higher compared to the cost of the Terminix pest control services. Though, the customers say that the treatment offered by Orkin is more complex. Also, you should consider the fact that the customer experience is different and will vary from one geographic area to another because the franchises are owned individually. It is recommended to do some background research about your local franchises before deciding which one to choose.

You might also like our articles about the cost of bee hive removal, flea extermination, and termite treatments.

It is important to mention that both pest control companies, Orkin and Terminix, do the initial inspection for free and offer a warranty for their work.

Pest Control Details

Pest Control ServicesPest control is necessary inside your property as well as outside, as insect or rodent infestation can cause serious illnesses, bite or injure your family and pets, ruin your food through contamination, or compromise the integrity of the house structure.

There are many products available to consumers that will claim to save your home from pest infestation. Although these products may seem effective at first, they will not permanently eliminate the pest infestation. Many of these treatments cannot get to the root of your pest problems.

When you purchase a pest control product from the store, these products will usually only get rid of the pests you see around or around the house. The source of most infestations, whether it’s a nest of mice or rats or a termite colony, is usually out of sight and you won’t be able to deal with it using pest control products. This is why it is crucial to rely on professional pest control services; with the help of a team of professionals, you can permanently get rid of pest problems, completely eliminating the outbreak.

Terminix company overview

Terminix was founded in 1927 by E.L. Bruce in Tennessee. This is the largest pest control company in the world with locations in 14 countries and 45 states.

The idea of this business came from Bruce’s desire to protect the hardwood floors of the flooring company he owned at that time from termites. So, he founded the Bruce-Terminix Research Laboratory. However, the first insecticide for termites was created five years later by the senior chemist Frank Lyons.

It was in 1957 that the company expanded and started franchising. They offer services to get rid of all types of pests including weevils, termites, beetles, cockroaches, bees, spiders, and flies. Also, they offer the guarantee to come up with a solution within 24 hours from your first call, and in case you are not satisfied with their service they will return you the money. If the problem is still there after the regular visits you will get a free return visit.

The Terminix company approaches pest infestation in three phases. Firstly, they treat the inside of the house, including the bathrooms, kitchens, plumbing, fireplaces, exterior doors, and garages. After that, the exterminators will treat the perimeter by baiting and trapping pests and applying chemical substances to crevices and cracks. In the end, they approach the outlying zones like the trash storage areas, pool filters and pumps, mulch beds, and storage buildings.

As for customer satisfaction, the reviews are very good for Terminix. According to the Customers Affairs website, they are rated 4 out of 5 stars. However, people complain about the fact that they do not offer service in North Dakota, Montana, and Alaska.

Orkin company overview

The Orkin company has a history of over 100 years in the services of pest control. It was founded in 1901 by Otto Orkin. He started by selling rat poison from door-to-door in the state of Pennsylvania. After a while he expanded the business and offered services for eliminating pests like bedbugs, cockroaches, and termites.

Orkin developed very much during the 1920s and opened locations in other cities. Also, during this period the headquarter was established in Atlanta. The Orkin Man campaign, well known and used these days was launched in the 1950s.

Nowadays, Orkin is one of the most famous pest control companies from America, offering customized services to eliminate pests such as weevils, termites, beetles, mice, ticks, flies, rats, ants, spiders, mosquitos, and fleas. Each treatment is adapted to the customer’s needs. Also, Orkin tries to use treatments that do not harm the environment by choosing non-chemical solutions every time this is possible.

Also, according to the Consumer Affairs website, the reviews for Orkin are mostly positive and they are rated with 4.8 out of 5 stars.

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