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A member of the beetle family, cockroaches are a serious nuisance and pest if they get inside your home. These insects are opportunists; they like the warmth and easy access to food that most homes provide, which is why they can often be found inside residential areas. Having cockroaches is not a sign of a dirty home, but because they can spread diseases and are so difficult to get rid of once they arrive, they are considered a serious pest and something to be fought if you find evidence of them indoors.

There are five basic types of cockroaches which invade homes. In addition, the type of home that you have may affect the infestation as well. Therefore, the cost to eradicate the cockroaches can vary tremendously from home to home. The average cost to get rid of cockroaches ranges between $150-$450, with the average homeowner spending around $300 on two follow-up visits, glue and bait.

Cockroach Control

Roach Extermination Cost
National average cost$300
Average range$150-450
Minimum cost$100
Maximum cost$1,600

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Roach Exterminator Cost by Project Range

One visit, glue and bait
Average Cost
Two follow-up visits, glue and bait
Inspection, monthly follow-up service, house tenting

Roach Extermination Cost by Method

Different types of roaches also require different treatments. In addition, the size of your home can also affect the final cost of the treatment. Many exterminators may use a combination of treatments on your home, and others may also work with you to ensure that the pests don’t return. The cost of the treatment typically includes the cost of the labor or application service as well. The following treatment methods are the most commonly used to treat the bugs:

Roach Extermination Cost Roach Extermination Cost





Glue trap$100-$600
Gel bait$100-$600

Roach Spraying Cost

Spray is often used to treat outdoor areas or hard to reach areas. The spray is a very quick death and is safer than some other options with pets and children. Spraying is done monthly or quarterly. The cost to spray for roaches is $40 to $100 per month, or you can have a sprayer come quarterly for $80-$200 per visit.

Roach Glue Trap Cost

Strips of glue are used to determine how many roaches are in the home and where they are mainly living. These are the pre-treatment steps before the gel bait described below is used and are included in that service’s pricing of $100-$600.

Roach Dust Cost

Exterminators may opt to use roach dust. This method consists of sprinkling the dust around the house. The roaches walk through it and ingest it when preening themselves. It is not the recommended method as it does contain boric acid and should not be ingested by people or pets. Cost is $100-$600.

Roach Gel Bait Cost

Baits are usually very effective against nearly all types of cockroaches. The downside of it is that they take some time to work, as well as the fact that pets and kids should not be around where bait is used, since it is toxic. Professionals often use these to draw roaches out so they then return to their nest to die. The other roaches eat them, consume the bait while doing so, and die as well. Costs range from $100-$600.

Roach Tenting Cost

Tenting a house for roaches is a more extreme way of extermination, also called cockroach fumigation. The entire house is covered with a tent-like material and the house is filled with gas to kill the bugs. This method is not used except in extreme situations as the cost to tent a house for roaches is $1,200-$7,500 depending on the size of the house.

Cockroach Extermination Cost by Size of Home

The size of your home will have a major impact on how easily the cockroaches can be eradicated. The larger the building, the more places where the roaches can hide. This is why the pests are more common in large apartment buildings; treating one apartment or home does not kill all the bugs. The larger your property, the more time consuming and costly the treatment may be. Roaches don’t care how nice your house is–they are simply looking for food, water, and cooler temperatures. The idea of needing a cockroach extermination service is a disgusting thought, but one you might have to consider. The cost of pest control for roaches,broken down by the size your home is:

Cockroach Extermination Prices Chart

Cockroach Extermination Prices Chart

Size of home by square feetCost
1,000 sq.ft.$100-$150
1,500 sq.ft.$150-$250
2,000 sq.ft.$250-$350
2,500 sq.ft.$350-$450
3,000 sq.ft$450-$550
3,500 sq.ft.$550-$650

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Roach Extermination Prices by Severity of Infestation

Seeing a cockroach in your home gives just about everyone the chills. Even though they may seem harmless, they carry diseases that can be spread to you and your family. In addition, they can chew on books, furniture, rugs, clothes, and more. A severe roach infestation can wreak havoc in your home and costs for extermination can run as high as $1,600.

Roach Pest Control Chart

Roach Pest Control Chart

Severity of InfestationCost

Small Roach Infestation

Roaches mostly like to come out at night when it is dark and quiet. If you walk in the kitchen at 2 am to get a glass of milk and spot one on the counter, you probably have many more. Roaches release a chemical that draws other roaches to where they are for breeding purposes. The cost of eliminating a smaller infestation is $100-$150.

Medium Roach Infestation

Look for what looks like coffee grounds or black pepper. If your roaches are leaving droppings that can be seen, it is more than likely a larger infestation. You could pay $150-$250.

Large Roach Infestation

Can you see hatched egg casings? Each one of these gross baby nurseries holds about 40 cockroaches. If you see a few of these, your infestation is quite large. Expect to pay $250-$350.

Severe Roach Infestation

As cockroaches like the dark, if you see one during the day, it may mean he can’t find anywhere to go because there are so many others - EEK! Treatment for a severe roach infestation treatment costs $350-$600.

Extreme Roach Infestation

If you buy a house that has been neglected for a long period of time, you will see evidence of droppings, hatched eggs, and daytime sightings of roaches everywhere. These roaches have become comfortable and have become permanent residents. This is an extreme roach infestation and costs about $610-$1,600 to exterminate.

Roach Exterminator Cost

It usually takes more than one visit for the roaches to be completely eradicated. Typically, professional roach extermination costs $250-350, ultimately depending on the size of the home and how bad the infestation is. You may need follow-up visits to ensure the roaches are gone. Many times, the flat fee you pay includes a follow-up visit. Exterminators generally charge $16-$20 an hour, but it is rare to pay an hourly rate for this type of work.

Some exterminators offer monthly or quarterly subscription plans to keep pests at bay. This can cost $40 to $100 per month or $80-$200 per quarter,, but can permanently keep roaches out.

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Types of House Cockroaches

There are numerous types of cockroaches found in the world, but the pests that you may have inside your home is likely one of five different types.

American Cockroach Control

The American cockroach is the largest and most common. It has a yellow band across its back and measures about 1 to 1-½-inches long. A female may lay up to 40 eggs a week once she becomes established in your home.

Smoky Brown Roach Control

The Smoky Brown cockroach is related to the American cockroach but is a little smaller and a uniform dark brown color. Their wings are longer than their bodies.

Oriental Cockroach Control

The Oriental cockroach is about the same size as the Smokey Brown, but is a very deep black in color. They prefer damp areas such as basements and bathrooms.

German Cockroach Control

The German cockroach is one of the most difficult to eradicate. They produce at a rate of 40 babies a week per single female. They enter your home by being carried in on clothing or luggage.

Asian Cockroach Control

Asian cockroaches are nearly identical to German cockroaches, but enter your home by flying in through open doors and windows, particularly during the evening hours.

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Roach Infestation Health Risks

The World Health Organization warns that there are numerous health risks associated with cockroaches. Because they live near food and sewage that can spread serious bacterial diseases such as salmonella, staph, and strep. Although according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention roaches don’t bite, they can carry parasites such as tapeworms, which can be spread through their feces. They have also been proven to be a contributing cause of asthma in the elderly and children, as inhalation of the dust and feces may aggravate airways.

Roaches can also be a serious problem for people with allergies. The dust they produce, shell casings, and feces may aggravate allergies and cause them to worsen. Many chemical treatments may also aggravate allergies, making dust treatments in the walls the most effective course of action.

How Do Cockroaches Enter Homes

Cockroaches can enter the home in numerous ways. In addition to being carried in and finding their way in through open windows and doors, cockroaches can also enter through small cracks and crevices in your foundation, siding, and around windows and other openings. Good caulking 1 can help to keep some types out, but because other types enter by being carried in on food or luggage, it is often impossible to be sure you’re sealing your home up well enough.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

Oftentimes, the first sign that you have an infestation is the sighting of a single cockroach. Because these bugs are both evasive - they only come out at night - and because they multiply so quickly, seeing one likely means that you have dozens to hundreds more inside your walls.

Other signs of infestation include small black or brown flakes that look like pepper, but are actually feces, scattered on counters and floors, a musty odor and an oily smell

If you believe your home to be infested, your first step should be to remove as many food sources as possible. Pick up pet food bowls, seal all food in the refrigerator or in plastic containers, and clean all surfaces well. Your next step should be to call a pest eradication specialist to find out what kind of cockroach you’re dealing with and to come up with a treatment plan.

Professional hand spraying pesticide on wooden cabinet

Cockroach Inspection Cost

Depending on the company you hire, your initial inspection may be free or part of the treatment plan. For very large homes, however, and for some companies, there may be an inspection fee of $40 to $75. If you follow up with extermination, this fee may be waived or rolled into the total cost of the treatment.

How to Prevent Cockroaches from Entering Your Home

Preventing an infestation may not always be possible, but there are some tried and true ways to keep these creepy crawlers out of your home. Clean is the operative word–wipe up crumbs from counters and tabletops, and sweep your floors daily. Roaches are seeking food, so keep food in sealed containers. Many people don’t think about their pet food dishes, but roaches like all foods. Make sure you throw away boxes and papers that you don’t need. Roaches love to hide in these places. Keep all areas dry, including your damp basements. Seal up cracks and crevices around your home to discourage entry. When you bring home food, clothing, or luggage wipe things down and inspect for roaches.

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Integrated Pest Management

If you are dealing with ongoing issues, or you have other pests in the home, you may want to get some kind of integrated pest management. This can cost between $200 to $400 for most pests, but can go as high as $2,000 for very large infestations.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • While not always effective at dealing with a large infestation, there are several DIY methods available for getting rid of roaches. The main problem with DIY treatments, is that they don’t always eradicate the nest, so you end up needing to treat again and again, while professional treatments may only take one to three visits. A lot of the chemicals used in DIY can also be hazardous to your health, causing dizziness, nausea, and headaches. These same chemicals should also not be used around children or pets whenever possible. Because DIY methods can take so many tries to eradicate the roaches, costs add up quickly, usually ending up comparable to professional treatments in the end.
  • DIY methods may help to treat small nests and can even be used in conjunction with professional treatment to prevent reinfestation. The most effective methods are baits which contain boric acid, costing around $30 to $50 a jar. Sprays, costing between $5 and $10 can also be effective at killing the roaches that you see. Avoid bombs whenever possible. While inexpensive at around $20 to $30 each, they can cause hazardous side effects and necessitate the leaving of your home for several hours afterward.
  • Preventing an infestation may not always be possible, but can help to slow down or prevent some types of roaches from multiplying. Keep all food sealed and pick up pet food dishes when not in use. Keep areas dry and dry out damp basements. Seal up cracks and crevices around the home. Inspect food, clothing, and luggage when bringing it into the home for signs of roaches.
  • Because roaches can be so difficult to get rid of, most exterminators will not offer a warranty unless certain conditions are met. This may mean working with the exterminator to help prevent reinfestation, sealing up food, etc. Others may give a warranty if follow up visits or quarterly visits are scheduled. Speak to your exterminator to find out more.


  • How much does it cost to tent a house for roaches?

The cost of roach tenting is $1,200-$7,500, depending on the size of your house.

  • How much does it cost to get rid of a roach infestation?

Average cost for getting rid of a roach infestation is $250-$350.

  • Can exterminators get rid of roaches?

Exterminators can get rid of roaches, but it is up to you if they return. Keeping your home clean and well-organized, free of open food containers, dirty dishes, boxes, paper, and wet or damp areas will discourage roaches from returning.

  • How long does it take for an exterminator to get rid of roaches?

Typically it takes about 1-2 weeks to get rid of roaches. If you have a more resiliant type of roach, like a German cockroach, it can take longer.

  • How do I get rid of roaches permanently?

Monthly or quarterly spraying can keep roaches away, but if you really want a permanent solution, ask a professional about roach extermination.

  • How do you get rid of roaches fast?

Professional strength roach bait or spray is the fastest approach to rid your home of roaches.

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glossary term picture Caulking 1 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

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Cost to hire a roach exterminator varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources