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How Much Does Tick Extermination Cost?

Average range: $60 - $90
Low
$50
Average Cost
$75
High
$150
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Average range: $60 - $90
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Ticks are small parasites that most often live in wooded areas and feed on the blood of animals and humans to survive. They carry diseases that can be transmitted when they bite their host. Ticks travel in your house by hitching a ride on pets, people, clothing, and gear that moves from outside of your home to the inside. The cost for a tick treatment depends on the square footage of the yard. Other yard features, such as wood lines, high grass, and mulch beds, may increase the price. You may pay less per treatment if you participate in a regular seasonal program.

The national average cost for tick treatment ranges between $60 and $90 per treatment. Most homeowners pay an average of $75 for a 2,000 square foot space with limited wooded areas, mulch 1 beds, and a moderate number of trees. Treatment cost can be as low as $50 if you have less than 2,000 sq. ft. or your yard is mainly grass. But you could pay as much as $150 for one treatment if your space is larger, you have a lot of dead leaves, or your yard borders a large wooded area.

Tick Extermination Cost

Tick Extermination Service
National Average Cost$75
Average Range

$60-$90

Minimum Cost$50
Maximum Cost$150


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Tick Extermination Cost by Project Range

Low
$50
One treatment of a yard or home area smaller than 2,000 sq.ft.
Average Cost
$75
One treatment of an area between 2,000 and 2,500 sq.ft. with minimal high grass and wooded areas
High
$150
One treatment of a large area up to an acre or an area with lots of high grass, mulch, trees, or dead leaves

Tick Control Cost per Square Foot

The cost for tick control depends on the square footage of the area being treated and whether they are in your home or your yard. The reason treatment is priced this way is because the larger the area, the more chemical will be needed requiring more labor to complete the job. A typical one-time treatment for ticks costs, on average, $75. This amount is based on an average area of 2,000 square feet. Based on this average, expect to pay the prices below for the following square foot sizes.


Tick Control Cost Chart

Tick Control Cost Chart


SizeAverage Cost
2,000 sq. ft.$75
4,000 sq. ft.$150
6,000 sq. ft.$225
8,000 sq. ft.$300
10,000 sq. ft.$375


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Tick Control for Acreage

If you have a significant amount of property that needs to be treated for ticks, you may be looking for tick treatment costs based on acreage. On average, tick treatment costs $125 per acre. Based on this figure, you can expect to pay the prices listed below to have acreage treated for ticks.


Tick Extermination Cost Chart

Tick Extermination Cost Chart


SizeAverage Cost
1 acre$125
2 acres$250
3 acres$375
4 acres$500
5 acres$625


Tick Extermination Service Cost

Ridding your home of ticks and keeping them away usually requires a combination of preventative landscaping work and insecticides. If you already have, or suspect you have a tick infestation, the only way to treat the area to ensure their removal is by using chemical pesticides. A licensed exterminator uses bifenthrin or permethrin, EPA-regulated chemicals used to eliminate ticks. Your exterminator will apply treatment to the area where ticks are most commonly found, such as wooded areas.Spraying your yard for ticks includes the cost for both the treatment chemicals and exterminator’s services.

Pest extermination is best left in the hands of professionals. Professional exterminators have the know-how to identify and eliminate different species of ticks in your yard and home and provide the proper chemicals and required protective gear. With tick extermination treatment, you pay only for treatment, not per hour. So, you know the price when you get started. With the average cost of one tick treatment being $75, it does not cost much more than purchasing the chemicals and doing it yourself. Treating your yard for ticks may require repeat applications of tick insecticide if you have a heavy infestation or heavily wooded area that has not been treated, which can run up to $300 for complete extermination.


Tick Infestation by Type

To understand how to get rid of ticks that have taken up residence in your back yard, you must know the type of ticks you have.


Tick Control

Tick Control


American Dog Tick Control

The American Dog Tick is also referred to as a wood tick and is called a dog tick because they prefer to feed on domestic dogs. It is from the hard tick family, which means a hard exterior shell covers them. They are oval-shaped and relatively flat with whitish/gray makings. They range in size from 5 mm to 15 mm and can be easy to spot on a dog's coat.

Deer Tick Control

Deer ticks, also often referred to as black-legged ticks, are most well-known for their dark legs. Females are easy to identify when they are engorged after eating. They will be roughly ⅛” in size, which is double the size of their male counterparts. All deer ticks can be identified by their flat oval bodies and lack of a hard shell. Females are orangish-brown until they feed when they become reddish-brown. Males are reddish-brown all over. Their bodies are longer than they are wide. They have visible toothed mouthparts.

Brown Dog Tick Control

Brown dog ticks get their names from their body color, which is reddish-brown. They are most often spotted traveling on their favorite hosts--domestic dogs. When they have not been feeding, they are about ⅛” long but get up to a ½” when fully engorged. Overall, their bodies are flat. When they feed, they leave pitted marks on their prey.

Lone Star Tick

While the Lone Star Tick does frequent the southeastern and eastern states, it does not get its name from the state of Texas. Instead, the name is derived from a silver-white spot located on the females’ backs. When they bite, they not only transfer bacteria that can lead to disease, but they also leave a visible rash. The females are the largest at ⅛”, and the males are only slightly smaller, making the spot on their back the easiest way to identify females. Their bodies are reddish-brown when they are waiting to feed, but they turn a slate 2 gray once they have become engorged. They are not able to survive indoors. If they are found inside, they have likely been carried in by the host and have fallen off after their feeding was completed.

Soft Tick

Soft ticks are a decent size, measuring about ¼” in length. They are either sandy-brown, reddish-brown, or dark brown. As their name suggests, they have a soft body with their head and mouthparts tucked underneath. They are oval-shaped like other ticks but do not have the same flattened, hard appearance. Their bodies look more like flesh.

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

The Rocky Mountain Wood Tick primarily gets its name from the area where it primarily inhabits. It prefers to live in lawns, forests, and meadows, especially close to heavily-wooded areas. You can identify this variety by their brown color, which becomes grayish after they have fed. Their body is oval-shaped and flat from top to bottom. Females will be ⅛” before feeding, and almost ½” when engorged. Males will be about half the size.

Gulf Coast Tick

Mostly found in grasslands and prairies edged by wooded areas, the Gulf Coast Tick inhabits coastal areas. You find them along the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Coast. They grow to about ¼” and appear shiny with a dark bluish or dull white color. Females have silver-white ornamentation on their heads with three stripes. Males have interconnected silvery white lines.


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Tick Treatment for Yard

Getting rid of ticks in the yard can require a combination of extermination and landscape care to prevent the problem from recurring. Tick control for the yard involves removing dead leaves or brush, keeping the grass cut short, maintaining a separation between wooded areas and the lawn, and performing visual inspections, especially when ticks are at the height of their season.

Couple these practices with tick lawn treatment, including a combination of pesticide sprays and barrier repellents. To achieve full tick extermination in the yard, you likely need regular pest control treatment throughout the year. Your yard may require three to four treatments depending on your landscape and the weather patterns in your area.


Close-up view of a tick on nature


All About Ticks

Ticks are a pest that latches onto their desired host and feeds on their blood until they become engorged. While most ticks attach themselves to both humans and animals, some varieties prefer one over the other.

Ticks can wait days or weeks until they find the proper host and drop onto or grab onto their host. They can detect their potential prey using multiple senses to detect vibrations, breath, smell, and heat.

Ticks are often considered dangerous because of their potential to carry and transmit many potentially serious illnesses, such as Lyme Disease. While they are most prevalent in the spring and fall season, some varieties survive the colder winter temperatures in many states.

What Do Ticks Look Like?

Ticks have a flat and oval-like appearance when seen before feeding. After they have eaten from a host and become engorged, they will look significantly rounded and larger. Some varieties are smaller and harder to detect, while others are larger, such as dog ticks. All ticks have eight legs when they are adults or in the nymph stage 3 but will only have six when they are tick larvae.

Where Do Ticks Live?

While ticks can live both indoors and outdoors, they often aren't found in your home unless you have an infestation, or they have traveled inside with a host. Typically ticks live in wooded areas and can be frequently found on trees and tall grasses. When found in your backyard, you may also find them in mulch beds, around large piles of dead leaves or near the edges of your yard, especially if they are backed up to a wooded area.

What Color Are Ticks?

Ticks come in a wide range of colors, which can often help you differentiate between the varieties. You may find white ticks, gray ticks, or ticks that are a blend of gray and white. Ticks, like the Lone Star Tick, have silvery-white spots located on the backs of females. While female deer ticks are red ticks that are identifiable by the reddish-brown appearance in the lower part of their body. You will find ticks that are completely brown, black, or ones that have a yellowish tint to the coloring. With so many tick varieties, you are likely to find one with a combination of these colors.

Are Ticks Dangerous?

After a tick finds its desired host, it grasps onto the skin and inserts its feeding tube. Some may even attach themselves with barbs or a secreted substance to hold them to the host during the feeding process. Ticks are small and secrete saliva, which can numb the area where they are feeding, making them almost completely undetectable by the host. The dangers of tick bites come in the form of the pathogens they carry and transmit to the host. Some of the most dangerous diseases that ticks transmit include:

  • Anaplasmosis is typically spread by black-legged tick varieties and can result in flu-like symptoms that occur one to two weeks after the initial bite. Without early antibiotic treatment, respiratory failure, bleeding problems, organ failure, and even death can occur.
  • Babesiosis is most commonly transmitted in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. regions. Babesiosis is transmitted by Ixodes scapularis ticks. This rare condition can be life-threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include aches, fever, headache, and loss of appetite, though some people have no symptoms at all.
  • Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection that most often affects deer and dogs, though it can be transmitted to humans. The infection causes symptoms similar to the flu. Most cases can be easily treated with a series of antibiotics.
  • Lyme Disease is one of the most prevalent causes of tick-borne disease in the U.S., with cases reported every year. Lyme disease requires antibiotics if caught early, but it is often hard to diagnose. Later diagnosis means more severe effects such as fatigue, joint pain, nerve problems, and fever.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a potentially fatal disease that includes symptoms such as a rash, headache, fever, stomach and muscle pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. If caught early, it can most often be successfully treated with antibiotics.
  • Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness is often mistaken for Lyme disease as they can both produce rashes that look similar to a bull’s-eye. They also both produce fatigue, fever, headache, and joint pain. While the typical treatment for this disease is a round of antibiotics, more effective treatments are currently being researched.
  • Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever is another bacterial infection that is transmitted by a soft tick. Symptoms of infection include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, and nausea. Symptoms last for a few days before disappearing then returning a few more times before the infection is completely gone.
  • Tularemia affects not only humans but animals as well, including rodents and rabbits. The disease can be contracted from a direct tick bite, by contact with water that has been contaminated, or an animal that carries the disease. Once infected, symptoms can include inflammation, skin ulcers, and swelling. Treatment includes a round of antibiotics for between two and three weeks.


Tick on human hand


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Where Do Ticks Lay Eggs in a House?

Tick eggs typically have a reddish-black or translucent appearance. While eggs are often found on trails or nestled in the grass, they can also be found around the home. You will not typically find tick eggs in your home unless you have an infestation due to ticks being brought into your home on clothes or by your pets. Female ticks lay their eggs out of normal traffic areas to protect them. You are most likely to find them around your baseboards, windows, doors, curtains, in furniture, or on the edges of rugs. Once you find tick eggs in your home, you probably have an infestation, and many ticks are lurking around your home. The good news is, effective extermination methods eradicate all stages of ticks, including eggs. With proper treatment, you can eradicate both the ticks themselves and their eggs from your home.

Outdoor Tick Control

While ticks can be found indoors, they most likely hitched a ride from the outside, which is the primary place that they inhabit. Ticks in the yard can often be found in tall grasses and on trees and brush. If a wooded area borders your yard, the surrounding areas are likely to be hot spots for them.

Certain tick varieties live on trees. They drop down on their host when they pass. You may find ticks on the grass where they can attach themselves to their prey by grabbing on with their front legs. Most often, spraying for ticks in the backyard will be more costly than spraying for ticks indoors. The increased cost is because the area to be covered is larger. Other factors can raise the cost, such as tall grasses. Spraying outdoors typically runs between $75 and $150.

The good news is whether you find ticks in the garden or your yard, they can be easily eliminated by the exterminator who focuses on the areas they are most known to frequent.

Indoor Tick Control

While most varieties of ticks prefer the outdoors, once brought in, you may find a tick nest in the house where they lay their eggs and begin the reproduction process. If you have pets, you may find ticks in the areas that your pet frequents, such as their bedding, eating areas, and kennels.

Once ticks have taken up residence in your home, you will often find them in areas where they can stay well-hidden or where they might have fallen off once they finished feeding. Ticks may be found in your bed as they feed on humans and fall off after eating. You also may find ticks in bathrooms. Here, clothes are taken off to which ticks have attached themselves. Hampers are also a common hiding place. When it comes to more common areas, ticks in carpet is a likely spot for hiding and laying eggs. Carpet makes a great staging point for grabbing a host as they go past.

If you find you have an infestation, the cost to eliminate it depends on the severity of the infestation and the square footage of your home. However, home treatment is likely to cost less than treatment outside of the home. On average, you can expect to pay between $40 and $75 for indoor tick treatment of a 2,000 to 2,500 sq. ft. home.

Tick Extermination Cost Factors

Certain factors affect the cost of tick extermination, with the first being the size of the yard or home. More chemicals will be required, and more labor will need to be used to complete the job. Another factor in the cost of tick extermination is the amount of space being treated where ticks are likely to hide. The larger the area, the greater the cost.

High grass areas, typically found in lots, add to the cost as it requires more time and resources to treat. Additionally, more wooded areas or places closer to the woods cost more overall, as they are a better staging point for ticks to enter the yard. A final consideration related to the landscape treatment is the prevalence of spots where ticks are likely to hide and nest, such as mulch beds and piles of dead leaves.

Aside from landscape factors, the intensity of the infestation plays a role, especially for indoor extermination. The more ticks to get rid of, the higher the cost.


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Pet Safe Flea and Tick Yard Treatment

to protect them from flea and tick bites and the diseases they transmit, you also may be concerned about pet-safe treatments for your outdoor areas. When it comes to fleas, treating your pet with veterinarian-approved topical flea treatment products is best. Make your yard inhospitable to fleas by keeping away vermin and keeping the grass cut short.

Yet, if you find that your yard still has ticks and you wish to eradicate them, contact a professional to schedule a tick spray treatment.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council Green Paws Product Guide, hundreds of pest spray products claim to be pet safe but contain chemicals that can be harmful if your pet comes in contact with them. When contacting an exterminator for treatment, inquire about the pet-safe products they offer. You may request that they spray the edge of the yard to reduce the amount of contact your pet will have with the chemical. Your pest control specialist will be able to tell you if this method can adequately control your specific tick problem. No matter what product or method your exterminator uses, always follow their instructions to keep your pets safe.


Close-up view of tick on human finger and dog lying in grass


Tick Prevention for Yard

According to the CDC, you can reduce the risk of ticks inhabiting your yard by making the area more inhospitable for them. Ticks like to hide, so you should reduce the places they can hide in your yard. Make sure that you keep leaves picked up, mow your grass short, and remove any brush. Keep any outside wood neatly stacked and dry. Keep playground equipment away from trees and more centrally located in your yard. Discourage any likely carriers of ticks into your yard, such as deer, stray dogs, and raccoons. Consider putting up a fence if you have frequent wildlife visitors. Another way to keep ticks at bay is by creating a mulch moat. The average cost to have a mulch 1 moat created is $35 per cubic yard. Use wood chips or gravel to form a three-foot-wide barrier between your yard and any wooded areas. Depending on your yard’s features and what modifications you need to make, the cost to landscape your yard could run between $3,000 and $30,000.

Wood Tick vs Deer Tick

Wood ticks, also referred to as American dog ticks, can be very similar to deer ticks. It is difficult to differentiate between them. Both deer and wood ticks have the same U-shaped backs. Because of this, you must look closer to tell them apart by their main distinctive difference, the color on their lower back. A deer tick will have red, while the lower back of the wood tick is black.

You can also tell the two apart by their size depending on where they are in the feeding cycle. With female wood ticks, the silver spot on their head grows up to 1/2". With a female deer tick, the spot only gets to about 1/8".

Another way to identify deer ticks is by their behavior. You will typically find deer ticks active in the spring and fall, while wood ticks are most active from spring through early summer.

When it comes to disease, deer ticks are one of the main vectors for the transfer of Lyme Disease. Wood ticks can carry and transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Deer ticks can transmit babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Both varieties can carry many other diseases.

Deer Tick vs Dog Tick

Female deer ticks are easily identifiable by their reddish-brown lower back. Female dog ticks can be determined by the appearance of a distinct hexagonal shape on their head. The rest of the deer tick's body is dark brown, while the color of a dog tick’s body is brown with a white patch. Additionally, dog ticks are significantly larger than deer ticks, which makes them much easier to spot.

Another primary difference between deer and dog ticks is the areas in which they inhabit. Dog ticks are found in open spaces with tall grass, while deer ticks prefer to drop onto their hosts from higher standing vegetation. Another way in which they differ is their choice of hosts. Dog ticks tend to be less picky and choose any size of animal, while deer ticks prefer larger prey such as deer and humans where they can feed for a length of time. Both dog and deer ticks can spread harmful bacteria, though dog ticks are less likely to be transmitters and deer ticks often carry more severe diseases.


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Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Certification: Pest control requires the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as fipronil, permethrin, and pyrethrins. All pest control specialists need to be certified. Check to make sure that your exterminator has the proper certification.
  • DIY: Tick control does require some DIY even if you use a professional exterminator for part of the process if you want the treatment to work. This means making sure that pets that go indoors and outdoors are treated. This is the best way to create a landscape environment that is less hospitable to ticks. You can purchase the chemicals and sprays yourself. However, considering they are hazardous, a professional should be hired for this part.
  • Price shopping: If you are looking to save some money, don’t be afraid to shop the price, especially if you have a large area to be treated. Some exterminators may offer discounts if you schedule regular treatments.
  • Due diligence: Before hiring an exterminator, make sure to do your due diligence. Inquire about references, their treatment plans, and the chemicals they use before you decide.
  • Season: Be knowledgeable about the types of ticks in your area and what seasons they are most active so you can ensure the most effective treatment. If you have multiple active species during different times of the year in your area, you may need to consider year-round treatment.

FAQs

  • Do all ticks carry Lyme Disease?

No, the only types of ticks that can carry Lyme Disease are Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks typically found in the Northeast and northern parts of the Midwest.

  • Do all deer ticks carry Lyme Disease?

No, there are only two varieties of deer ticks that carry and transmit Lyme Disease to humans. One is the black-legged deer tick, most often found in the Northeastern, North-Central, and mid-Atlantic areas of the U.S. The western black-legged tick is the other type, which is primarily found in the Pacific coastal region.

  • Do ticks jump?

Ticks do not jump or fly and wait with their first pair of legs outstretched for a host to pass so they can hitch a ride.

  • How long does it take for tick eggs to hatch?

Tick eggs hatch from as soon as nine days to as long as several months, depending on the type.

  • Can an exterminator >get rid of ticks?

Exterminators can get rid of ticks in your home and yard. However, they are likely to come back if you don’t tick-proof your yard or continue to have animals coming and going from wooded areas.

  • How much does it cost to get your yard sprayed for ticks?

Multiple factors affect the cost to spray a yard for ticks, but on average, it runs about $75 per application.

  • Does spraying for ticks really work?

Spraying for ticks does reduce the number of ticks in your yard or home. Extermination doesn’t eliminate your risk of them being carried back into the yard or home by family members, pets, or wildlife.

  • What can kill ticks instantly?

Ticks can be killed instantly with rubbing alcohol or mouthwash that contains alcohol. You can destroy them by squishing or removing its head. These methods can be quite messy, especially if they are engorged. In any case, these options should only be done once a tick is safely removed and not while attached to the body.

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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.