Mice are notorious for infesting homes, especially when outside temperatures drop during fall and winter. A full-service professional visit, which usually includes an inspection, treatment, and exclusion—that is, preventing mice from returning—ranges from $200–$600. However, an especially large or troublesome rodent infestation might cost more than $1,000 to treat.* Pest control companies also offer general treatment plans for mice and other common pests. Based on our research, an annual plan that includes monthly or semimonthly treatments costs $100–$250 for the initial visit and $50–$150 for each follow-up treatment.**
*All cost data in this article was sourced from HomeAdvisor unless otherwise specified.
**One-time treatment costs were sourced from online quotes we requested from Terminix. This cost is for general pest treatment and does not include rodent exclusion fees.
Factors That Affect Mice Extermination Pricing
Here are the primary factors that determine mice extermination pricing:
- Infestation size: A large mice infestation requires more intensive pest control treatments. Pricing for controlling a small mice infestation typically starts at around $200; a severe infestation may cost as much as $600 to treat. You should also expect rodent exclusion services to require more time and labor for a severe infestation. Rodent exclusion is the process of sealing mouse entry points throughout your home.
- Infestation location: If the mice have nested in your yard, shed, or other occupied room of the house, the cost to remove them will be lower. However, nests in hard-to-reach places like ceilings, attics, basements, and foundations will typically be pricier to remove.
- Use of live traps: Despite being reusable, live traps cost five to 10 times more than traditional snap traps. This may be reflected in your service cost. Live trapping may also include travel fees for relocating the mice.
DIY Mouse Removal
If you notice occasional mice activity in your home but see little evidence of a larger infestation, DIY mouse removal may be a good option. You can purchase traps or poison baits from many popular retailers, such as Lowes, Walmart, or The Home Depot.
The table below compares several types of DIY mice control options, their respective costs, and what to expect when using them:
*Pricing sourced from Lowes and Home Depot
Hiring an Exterminator
DIY pest control can be effective, but hiring a professional exterminator is the most reliable way to manage your mouse infestation. Nearly 50% of respondents from our 2022 consumer survey said they went on to hire an exterminator after trying DIY methods.
Using an Exterminator
Consider contacting a pest control company when DIY methods have fallen short of resolving your mouse problem. If you have a severe infestation from the outset, you should contact an exterminator as a first course of action. Professional exterminators have undergone training in the safe handling of pesticides and are knowledgeable about identifying mouse entry points in a home.
This is what the process looks like for most professional exterminators:
- After contacting a pest control professional, the company will send a specialist to your home to evaluate the nature and scope of the infestation.
- Your pest control professional will advise you on their recommended treatments. This may include trapping, baiting, and applying repellents. They may also recommend rodent exclusion services to seal entryways and prevent recurring infestations.
- The exterminator will perform the pest control services on the scheduled date. If you signed up for an ongoing pest control plan, your home will receive follow-up treatments several times throughout the year.
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Questions To Ask a Mice Exterminator
Pest extermination can protect your home and provide peace of mind when performed properly. But with the application of pesticides, there are inherent risks to your home and health. That’s why it’s important to hire a reputable professional. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a rodent control service:
Is your company licensed and insured?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted strict certification requirements that pest control professionals must meet to operate legally. Individual states may impose additional requirements that can typically be found through each state’s Department of Agriculture website.
How much experience do your technicians have with removing mice?
Training and experience with treating specific pests speaks volumes about a pest control professional’s ability to do the job right. We recommend asking the company about its level of experience with mice extermination before signing a contract.
Will you provide a written estimate? Do you honor your estimates?
A written estimate provides a full breakdown of the charges to expect for your pest control service. Read the estimate carefully and ask questions about any fine print to ensure the initial estimate will not change on the day of your service.
Can you identify the location of the mouse infestation?
Exclusion is an important part of a comprehensive rodent extermination service. Your pest control technician should identify the location of the mouse infestation and provide a strategy for blocking the mice from reentering the home.
Are the products or traps that you use safe for pets and/or children?
Any reputable pest control provider should prioritize the safety of its customers. Ask about the risks associated with the proposed pest management plan and what precautions your provider will take to keep you and your family protected.
Do you offer a service guarantee? If so, how long does it last?
Many reputable pest control providers back their services with satisfaction guarantees. This may include a full refund for unsatisfactory service or free reservice for recurring infestations.
Professional mouse extermination will generally cost between $200 and $600. Your final pricing will depend on factors such as the infestation severity, recommended treatments, and accessibility of infested areas in your home.
We created a review methodology to identify the nation’s best exterminators. Terminix is our top pick for its reliable pest control and around-the-clock customer support. Orkin is another excellent choice, with many locations offering same-day service.
Our Rating Methodology
The This Old House Reviews Team backs up our pest control recommendations with a detailed rating methodology that we use to objectively score each provider. We review pest control plans, navigate the provider website, speak with customer service representatives by phone and online chat (if available), request quotes, and analyze customer reviews for each provider. We then score the provider against our review standards for plans and services, reputation and customer responses, customer service offerings, workmanship guarantees, financing, and availability to arrive at a final score on a 5-point rating scale.
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