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Best Pest Control & Exterminators in San Diego, CA

Sept. 26, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Residents love San Diego for its year-round mild climate, but that climate also creates a year-round problem with pests. If you’re facing an infestation, hire a professional to solve the problem quickly and effectively. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best pest control companies in San Diego to help you find reliable service.

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Western Exterminator
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  • Residential and commercial pest control
  • Free pest inspection
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  • Treats ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, termites and more
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Terminix
Terminix
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  • Available in San Diego
  • 24/7 customer support available
  • Customized plans
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
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Orkin
Orkin
Features
  • Moisture control services
  • Available in San Diego
  • Mosquito control
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
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Location
9471 Ridgehaven Ct., Ste. A
San Diego, CA 92123
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Joshua's Pest Control
Joshua's Pest Control
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  • Free emergency service calls between regularly scheduled visits
  • Locally owned in San Diego
  • Organic long-term options
  • $100 off year-round service
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Location
6867 Nancy Ridge Dr., Ste. E
San Diego, CA 92121
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Thrasher Termite and Pest Control
Thrasher Termite and Pest Control
Features
  • Special treatment for La Mesa area termite infestation
  • Treatment for wood-boring beetles
  • Green and LEED pest control
  • Local San Diego company
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Location
9520 Chesapeake Dr., Ste. 602
San Diego, CA 92123
Clark Pest Control
Clark Pest Control
Features
  • M-F: 6am - 8pm
  • Sat: 7am - 6pm
  • Sun: 8am - 5pm
  • clarkpest.com/locations/san-diego-ca
Location
6255 Ferris Square
San Diego, CA 92121
Corky's Pest Control
Corky's Pest Control
Features
  • M-F: 7am - 7pm
  • Sat: 8am - 3pm
  • Closed Sun
  • corkyspest.com
Location
909 Rancheros Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069
Antac Pest Control
Antac Pest Control
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Sat: 8am - 2pm
  • Closed Sun
  • antacpest.com
Location
5735 Kearny Villa Rd., Ste. 106
San Diego, CA 92123
Truly Nolen
Truly Nolen
Features
  • M-F: 4am - 8pm
  • Sat and Sun: 5am - 6pm
  • trulynolen.com/locations/ca/san-diego
Location
8125 Mercury Ct., Ste. C
San Diego, CA 92111
ECOLA
ECOLA
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  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Sat: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Closed Sun
  • ecolatermite.com
Location
3555 Pacific Hwy.
San Diego, CA 92101
Aptive Environmental
Aptive Environmental
Features
  • M-F: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • goaptive.com
Location
7965 Dunbrook Rd., Ste. I
San Diego, CA 92126
Lloyd Pest Control
Lloyd Pest Control
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Sat: 8am - 12pm
  • Closed Sun
  • lloydpest.com/service-areas/san-diego
Location
935 Sherman St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Getting pest control in San Diego

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San Diego is home to a wide variety of pests. While some might just be inconveniences, others can cause structural damage to your home and even health problems.

The most common pests in San Diego include:

  • Termites
  • Ants
  • Rodents
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas

Coastal communities like San Diego have particularly high instances of western drywood termites. Around 60 to 80 percent of homes in Southern California are or will be infested with termites, including recently built structures. These pests can cause major damage to your home that requires expensive repairs, so it’s best to be proactive in eliminating them.

Pest control companies often offer free initial inspections for termites. Treatment for each termite infestation is customized on a case-by-case basis depending on location, home size and other factors.

Termites aren’t the only pests to watch for, however. Black widow spiders and scorpions are native to the Southwest and can pose a significant danger when found in your home. Some companies exclude these harmful pests from their treatments, so be clear on your problem if you need them eradicated.

While most people think of pest control companies when they have insect problems, the companies can also handle animals such as gophers, which commonly affect properties in San Diego. Pest control companies may also be able to handle raccoons, opossums and skunks, but be sure to ask if the company holds the correct state-issued licenses or partners with contractors that have proper certification to handle wildlife.

Other pests that may be prevalent in San Diego include bedbugs, which thrive in areas such as apartment buildings or campus housing at San Diego’s many universities. Rural towns in East County are more likely to see scorpions and fire ants.

Pest control can be expensive, so be sure you’re dealing with a reputable company. The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management program offers guidelines on working with pest control companies, but you’ll want to:

  • Look for the company’s pest control license on its website or ask for its license number.
  • Check pest control board licenses with the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • If the company is performing yard or garden pest control, make sure they have the proper license from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
  • Ensure that the company has the proper insurance.
  • Most companies offer telephone consultations for common pests like rodents and ants. A customer service agent should prepare a written estimate for you to consider and use for comparison. Some companies also offer free online quotes. If you plan on scheduling regular pest treatment, be sure you understand which pests are included and how often the exterminator will visit.

    Costs for pest control can vary depending on the type of pest and severity of infestation. One-time treatments for termites range in price from $65-$900, depending on the location and size of the area to be treated. Tenting for termites begins at about $1,300. Spot treatments for common bugs start at $195-$250, and quarterly treatments for common pests, including ants, rodents and spiders, start at $95 every three months, with a higher fee for the initial visit and inspection. Most companies offer one-time, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly options.

    Pest control companies typically guarantee treatments for a certain period of time. Most exterminators will return free of charge for emergency retreatment between regularly scheduled contracted service calls.

    Western Exterminator

    Western Exterminator

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    Western Exterminator protects homes and businesses with their integrated pest control solutions since 1921. Ants, bed bugs and termites are their top pests, but qualified specialists are prepared to handle many more. Western Exterminator offers free pest inspections and a 30-day guarantee on services. Customer reviews online say they are pleased with Western’s knowledgeable and responsive technicians.

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    Terminix

    Terminix

    Terminix is a national company that operates in San Diego. They offer a money-back guarantee and will return at no charge if the pests reappear after treatment. They also offer 24/7 customer service by telephone. Customers in San Diego praised their professional attitude and the convenience of regularly scheduled visits, but others reported unresponsive customer service and no-show appointments.

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    Orkin

    Orkin

    Orkin is a nationwide pest control company offering services such as termite, bedbug and mosquito control. They offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee if pests return after treatment. San Diego customers give the company high marks for courteous and professional in-home technicians, but there are reports of poor customer service when calling to resolve issues.

    Joshua's Pest Control

    Joshua's Pest Control

    Joshua’s Pest Control is locally owned and operated in San Diego. Besides treating common problems, the company also treats for black and brown widow spiders as well as mice and rats. Reviewers consistently give Joshua’s Pest Control positive reviews for excellent service and polite, personable and knowledgeable technicians.

    Thrasher Termite and Pest Control

    Thrasher Termite and Pest Control

    Thrasher is a family-owned company with offices in San Diego and Santa Clara/Los Gatos counties. In addition to offering pest control for termites and other common nuisances, the company operates an informational pest control blog on its website. Reviewers in San Diego reported satisfaction with the resolution of issues and prompt, professional and thorough service.

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