Best Pest Control 2017

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Last Updated:May 31, 2017

Pest control services assist in the regulation, management and extermination of pest species in your home or business. The best services have a technician identify the problem and degree of infestation, offer a quote, and then exterminate. Common pests include termites, ants, spiders, cockroaches, rats, and bedbugs.

When choosing between pest control companies, first obtain a quote from each and compare the different services they offer. Verify whether preventive service is required, or a more radical extermination option such as fumigation. Depending on your expected pest control needs, an annual contract, a one-time service plan, or emergency-only plan may be the best choice for you.

Before making a final selection between pest control companies, decide whether eco-friendliness is important to you, and what type of pest control you prefer—preventative care, chemical control, or traps. The company’s response time, the amount of pests they cover, and how fast they return for a follow-up treatment are important to consider as well. Also, look for services with 24-hour support, that let you manage your account online.

Most pest control companies offer one-time, monthly, semi-monthly, or even bi-yearly treatment options. If your pest problem is a recurring one, investing in a repeat service contract or arrangement may be a good option, and save you money. Regardless, try and make sure that the company offers a treatment guarantee, and will return as often as needed until the pest problem is resolved.

Top 10 Companies

#1
Terminix
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10 / 10
  • Our #1 Choice with 89 years experience
  • America's #1 provider of pest & termite control services
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: They come back free until pests are gone
  • 24-Hour Customer Service Support
  • Special offer: Save $50 on pest control plans
  • Nationally Recognized Brand, Quality Local Service. 
  • Website Doesn't Show Pricing, Easy Online Form.
  • Input Your Info & A Local Specialist Will Call You!
#2
eLocal Exterminators
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8.9 / 10
  • Instantly get connected to local pest control services
  • Fast and free searches
  • Services Include Ants, Termites and More
  • Get a call from up to 5 pest control professionals in your area
  • Pay-per-performance
  • Quick Connect Hotline
#3
Home Advisor
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8.8 / 10
  • Find pest control services by state
  • Browse ratings and reviews of local pest control services
  • Search trusted professionals with HomeAdvisor ProFinder
  • Comprehensive screening processes
  • More than 2 Million verified professional reviews
  • Compare quotes from up to 4 professionals
  • A+ BBB Accredited
  • Featured in Forbes, Inc., TechCrunch, and Bloomberg
#4
  • Uses eco-friendly methods
  • Return Service Guarantee
  • 24-hour turnaround
  • Low impact and low risk service
  • Not available in all states and provinces
#5
Amazon
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8.1 / 10
  • Get free in-house estimation
  • Fast and simple online application
  • All services are backed by Happiness Guarantee
  • Response from business providers within 1 business day
  • Upfront prices offered
  • Free service rescheduling and cancellation anytime
#6
Sprague
8.0 / 10
  • Not available in all states
  • Eco-friendly
  • Brand Smart Pest Advantage
  • Money Back Guarantee
#7
Massey
7.9 / 10
  • Customer targeted services
  • Online account management
  • 80 years of superior service
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Innovative Techniques
  • Uses K9 for Pest Detection
  • Mobile App
  • Online Store
  • Over 40 years of experience
  • Instant Freeze Treatments
#9
Presto-X
7.8 / 10
  • Free pest inspection
  • More than 8 decades of experience
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • 24 hours customer support
  • Service guarantee
#10
Ehrlich
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7.5 / 10
  • Specialized Service Solutions
  • Unlimited Service Calls at No Extra Cost
  • Regularly Scheduled Preventive Services and Inspection with Electronic Reports
  • Services Include Spiders, Mice, Roaches and More
  • Rated an A+ by the BBB
  • Pest Proofing
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Best Pest Control: Summed Up

RankCompany NameStrengths
1TerminixBest Overall
2eLocal ExterminatorsServices
3Western Pest ServicesServices

How We Compare Pest Control

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Services - 25%
Pest Treatment - 25%
Customer Service - 25%
Reputation - 25%

Services

25%

Here we evaluate the full array of services offered by any given pest control company, and the overall paradigm of the company. Broadly, this includes residential and commercial services, and whether a given company offers green pest control. We also look at whether the company operates its own staff, or farms out work to third party pest control technicians. 

Company Type

We rate three different types of pest control entities: standalone independent companies, third party marketplaces, and pest control products.

Property Types Serviced

Pest control companies either service commercial, residential, or both types of properties. Commercial pest control can include food & beverage, schools & universities, restaurants, hotels, farms, wineries, dairies, supermarkets, retail establishments, pharmacies, multi family housing, healthcare facilities, warehouses, government & other commercial buildings.

Service Types

In addition to traditional pesticide-based treatments, some pest control companies offer green or eco-friendly treatments as well. Some of the benefits include increased safety for children and animals, and less chance of water contamination. Green solutions are also better for the environment, but there are some pest problems that can only be eradicated by traditional means. In light of this, the best pest control companies are the ones that offer both options.

Pest Treatment

25%

What kinds of infestations are a given company equipped to tackle? Most pest control providers offer services for ants and termites, but what about particularly difficult infestations, or regional-specific pests? Bed bugs, for example, are notoriously difficult to get rid of, requiring strict instructions the customer must follow between treatments in order for the control measures to work properly. In addition to spraying or fumigation, sometimes the entire environment outside the house must be altered eliminate conditions in which specific pests thrive. So it's not just a matter of counting the number of pests and wildlife species a company claims to be able to handle, it's evaluating the company's insect knowledge base and track record. Good companies will have their technicians trained by staff entomologists. Different varieties of the same species of insect, ants for example, might look the same but behave completely different.

Pests Covered

Here we look at the actual pests a given company advertises they are able to eradicate. This includes termites, bed bugs, ants, spiders, cockroaches, beetles, rodents, bats, birds, wasps, bees, scorpions, millipedes, fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. In addition to pests, companies should be able to deal with wildlife removal as well. Some of these species could include skunks, raccoons, snakes, etc.

Canine Bed Bug Detection

The most crucial step in getting rid of bed bugs is early detection. Adult bed bugs are relatively easy to spot, but bed bug eggs and nymphs are almost microscopic. Additionally, bed bugs are experts in burrowing and hiding in cracks and crevices. Dogs can quickly and accurately verify the presence of bed bugs that are not visible to the naked eye. Companies that offer this service get extra marks from us.

Customer Service

25%

Here we look at a company's overall capacity and reputation for customer support. This includes how responsive the provider is, whether or not they have service guarantees, and what are their options for account management. What kind of discounts does the company offer? Do they have the option of autopay? Most importantly, does the company keep working until the problem is solved?

Suport Services

Many factors fall under the large umbrella of "customer service." These include but are not limited to:

  • 24 Hour Assistance: Can you contact the company at any time & receive a rapid response?
  • Residential/Commercial Online Account Management: Does the pest control provider have an online portal for residential and/or commercial clients?
  • Online Quote: Will they provide a quote online, or simply try to schedule an inspection?
  • Free Inspection: Will they send out someone to inspect the property without charging you?
  • Money-back Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with the job, will they refund your money?
  • Guaranteed Return Service: If the first treatment doesn’t solve the problem, will they come back out for another treatment at no cost?

Reputation

25%

In order to get as accurate as possible picture of a pest control company's reputation, we've taken many factors into consideration. These include accreditations specific to the industry, average revenues adjusted for service area, size of staff, and number of office locations.  

Accreditations

Pest management providers are evaluated in terms of standards of practice and professionalism by several third party organizations. In terms of a company's accreditations, we looked at the following credentials and certifications:

  • QualityPro
  • GreenPro
  • QualityPro Schools
  • QualityPro Food Safety
  • Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE)
  • Board Certified Entomologist (BCE)
  • Licensure for business and employees required by specific state law
Number of Employees

How many employees does the company employee in total? To collect this information we used information from the PCT Top 100, an annual survey conducted by Pet Control Technology.

Number of Offices

How many offices does the company operate? Again we used the PCT Top 100, an annual survey conducted by Pet Control Technology.

Customer Questions & Answers

What is pest control?

Pest control is the regulation or management of species defined as “pests.” They’re perceived as such when they are harmful to people’s health, the economy, or the ecology. People who practice pest control are called exterminators, and their eradication strategies can include both natural methods and chemical pesticides.

How much does an exterminator cost?

The cost of an exterminator depends on several different factors. Some of these include: whether you're paying for a single visit or contract, the size of your house/property, and the type of infestation. The average cost of one-time treatments ranges from $300 to $500. Monthly visits average between $40 to $45. Repeat treatments cost less than single visits as there is usually less to do.

How do I get rid of rats?

First, you must know where they reside. Subsequently, you can set traps or place bait in the surrounding area. Don’t use glue traps, as they are inhumane. Another method is to exclude the rats. This entails finding and blocking the entrances to the den, making it difficult for rats to enter, forcing them to new environs outside of the home.

Where do rats live?

The two most common rat species live in close association with people. Black rats prefer roofs, attics, trees and other high places, whereas brown rats are burrowers, and terrestrial. A rat is quite flexible, and only needs a hole as big as a dime to find its way into your home.

How long do rats live?

On average, wild rats live between one to two years, whereas domesticated, so-called “Fancy” rats can live up to four years. Rats have many natural predators and are susceptible to various diseases. Our homes offer protection, ideal nesting spots, and virtually unlimited food, which can extend a rat’s lifespan considerably.

How do I get rid of fleas?

It’s best to be proactive, and deal with fleas prior to complete infestation. Either way, start by cleaning all surfaces where fleas have been. Remove all pets from the environs that may be infected. Four to six hours after cleaning, apply a combination of liquid pesticide and growth inhibitors. This should kill existing adults, and stop the larvae from maturing.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

There are multiple ways to deal with a cockroach infestation. Avoid factors which attract them: unclean surfaces, high room temperature and still water puddles. It is advisable to repair holes and cracks by which they can enter. If all else fails, call a pest control specialist.

Do cockroaches bite?

Yes, they do. However, human flesh is not a dietary necessity. While uncommon, it does happen in times of ‘desperation’. Cockroaches will only bite humans if their population begins to exceed their existing food supplies.

Do cockroaches have wings?

There are more than 3,500 species of cockroaches, but only about 69 are common in the United States. Some are wingless, or only have rudimentary or underdeveloped wings. Many species have wings, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they can fly. In fact, most don’t fly at all, but glide from higher elevations to lower surfaces.

How do you do your own pest control?

In order to institute a do-it-yourself pest control plan, you must first properly identify the type of pest, get the correct instructions and measures to take, and then purchase your own equipment and/or professional strength insecticides. Consulting a professional pest control management resource in order to plan your strategy is essential. Although you could source local providers for this information, it is most easily acquired from reputable sources online.

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