Pest Control

Pest Control

Pest Control






If you have one, 20, or even 500 sites on routine servicing, you have multiple contractors or sometimes only one. Question. Is the contractor keeping you up to date with issues without bombarding you with emails and phone calls? 

Pest is normally high on the agenda but low on the priority list, we understand that and understand why it should be in hand by the service provider.  

Let’s talk Risk and Risk Management.

Pest management and control is all about reducing risk. At Contego we have a very different approach to pest control, we focus on client risk and ensuring the advice we are giving is simple to follow and action.

We give you detailed data, in an easy to understand and action format at your fingertips.

Your greatest risk even with a professional pest control company is the break down of communication between your service provider, on site teams and decision makers.

Innovation and pest control are not normally two words that go hand in hand. At Contego innovation is what’s driving the company forward. 

We definitely think differently and are willing to work with customers to find the real solution in a complete partnership approach. 

Have you thought about Smart Pest Control? How it could reduce your PPM visits across your portfolio. Reducing annual service costs. 

Some clients are moving to a Hybrid in-house and Contego supported service delivery, with Contego academy training for in-house maintenance teams only bringing in Contego for escalation sites when trap alerts have triggered with a catch.

We are here to support you in finding the right solution for your sites.

We identify and assign risk, prepare recommendations that are easy to action with in-house support from specialist proofing teams and all managed seamlessly within ‘myContego’ your action management portal. 

Reducing Pest and Brand Risk. 

The Cost of Pest Control: A Couple of Things to Consider

There are a few things to consider when researching the cost of pest control services:

  • The initial cost of Pre- Planned Maintenance visits (PPMs);
  • What’s covered – what pests are included as standard and proofing levels;
  • The hourly rate for extras and the mark-up rate applied to materials;
  • Coverage of the business and reaction times – in and out of hours.

First, let’s take a look at the initial cost of pre-planned maintenance visits vs reactive only. This will give you an idea of how much each will cost (included long-term costs of the service) and how to set your budgets.

Keep in mind that pest control pricing will vary greatly depending on the size of your site and the level of service you require, for example, if services like field biologist visits

Pre-Planned Maintenance Contract vs Reactive Options

Pest control service:

There are four ways to look at your pest control service options. You’ll either have:

  • A contract with a pest control provider;
  • An ad-hoc service, using approved or local suppliers;
  • Reactive service based on a call off contract;
  • Or a DIY or Hybrid service delivery model

Let’s take a look at each to learn more.

Contract with Pest Control Provider

Once you have agreed on the specification, call out KPIs, and rates card, you know you’re covered for all your essentials or high-risk items.

Rats and mice are normally covered as standard, but when it comes to other pests and insects, the level of cover you’ll need depends on the type of buildings your business operates from and the location. For example, removing specific pests from the inclusive list could save you money across the estate, and you may wish to consider a variation of specifications depending on the location of your site. A good pest control provider will survey your site, look at risk levels, and advise accordingly. A good example of this is if you’re based in London, cockroaches are common, but in Newcastle, they aren’t.

Pest control contracts are based on the following formula:


Individual small retail premises: pest control pricing for 8 visits will range between £240 – £400
Individual larger sites: 
costs will generally range between £450 – £650

National accounts rates will generally be around 25-30% lower based on volume, route density, and risk across a larger portfolio.

Ad-hoc Pest Control Service – Using Approved or Local Suppliers

All pest control companies will accept ‘one-off’ emergency call-outs. The risk with using an ad-hoc non-contractual service is that often the cost of reactive services are much higher. Plus, if you’re an unknown client, you may struggle to get same or next-day service, especially in the peak pest seasons of summer and mid-winter.
Another major risk of shopping around online for pest control is that pest control is a self-regulated industry. This means that with only some basic training anyone can advertise as a ‘pest control technician.’

Reactive call-out rates are normally higher and expose you to greater pest risk.

A three-part rodent riddance visit call out will cost between £180 – £300
General insect call-outs will cost between £100 – £150 per visit, and you may need two or three visits depending on the species.

Of course, some providers will also charge a same-day premium.

If you’re looking at this as an option, we would recommend only employing a provider that’s a member of the BCPA. Membership of the professional body means that technicians are competent and able to control pests safely, legally, and effectively. BCPA members are also fully insured businesses with at least £2M public liability insurance and follow the BPCA Codes of Best Practice. To find a pest control provider with BCPA membership, go here.

Another thing to look for when looking for a pest control provider is that all competent and compliant companies will have been audited to the British Standard in pest management, BS EN 16636.

Reactive Service Based On Call Off contracts

The obvious advantage of a reactive approach is that you save money on planned visit costs.

DIY or Hybrid Service Delivery Model

Similarly, a DIY approach will help you save on planned visit costs.

We hope we’ve taken some of the mystery and guesswork out of pest control pricing.

Got a burning question about pest control pricing or want to know exactly how we can help you protect your business?

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