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Best pest control services: debug your home

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Finding the best pest control services can be hard as even the biggest companies don’t operate in all states, and do not provide a full range of pest control solutions. Whether they fly, creep, crawl or jump, pests can interrupt your everyday life and need to be eliminated or removed. You can expect pests to be around all year, so finding a good pest control service is essential. 

Remember that modern pest control is just that: control. It takes time and you will not see 100% improvement in one treatment. The best pest control services will work with you, educating you on how to deter pests all year round, while providing quarterly checks to help deter pests from invading your home.  

Best overall


Large scale pest control service offering wide range of services

Wide range of states
Expertise across all pest
Accessible customer service
Higher prices
Don’t operate in Alaska, Montana and North Dekota

Terminix is a pest control company that operates through a wide selection of states, offer fast response times and cover a wide range of pests - scoring highly across our three main categories.

Terminix offers a wide range of pest control solutions and deal with almost every pest infestation imaginable, from bugs like ants and cockroaches to arachnids like spiders, as well as, rodents like mice and rats. They even have experience covering the rarer, and geographically specific pest problems, like scorpions. So, whether it crawls, buzzes or slithers Terminix is a pest control service with the knowledge and expertise to help you take your home back.    

Terminix has a vast array of plans in place that are designed to treat specific scenarios of pest infestation. The most basic pest control plan they offer is a one time treatment remove and help prevent further infections. But they also offer yearly protection plans were a pest control technician visits a property quarterly to help protect your home from the seasonal migration of pests into your home. 

They also have special termite protection plans in place, where they help prevent damage cost from termite infestation by creating bait barriers and yearly inspections.They also offer free inspections and quotes if you are just discovering a pest problem and are unsure what to do. So, they have versatile pest control services and strategies in place that are designed for both the season, and locality. They also place an emphasis on prevention rather than removal.

The emphasis on helping you defend your home from an infestation can be seen through their policy of educating their customers about pest, and how to deter infections. Terminix offers a wide range of information about pests through an online library. This database will help you identify the pest problems you are experiencing by talking you through identifying features, common habitats, as well as, providing you with tips on how to prevent and control with these pest infestations.

Terminix offer a guarantee for their alot of their services and plans - although this can vary depending on the nature of the plan. If you are not satisfied by the results of their pest control service in thirty days you get a refund of the treatment cost, and the plan is cancelled. During this thirty day period Terminix will normal visit a property without any additional charges. This usually ensures that you get a good level of service, especially if you are willing to issue complaints.

Terminix also has a very helpful and accessible customer service department that offer around the clock assistance and advice.

The biggest disadvantage of Terminix are the slightly higher prices they charge when compared to other pest control services. As they offer a lot of pest control plans in a wide range of areas, it is hard to say if their prices are higher across the board. For the specific scenario we posited their rates were higher, but not a significant amount to make the fees extornant. So, although this is a con, it isn’t the biggest con.  

Although Terminix offers pest control services in a lot of states, they don’t operate in every state. If you live in Alaska, Montana or North Dakota this pest control company isn’t available.  

Best value

Truly Nolen

Small scale pest control service that offers excellent rates and services

Competitive prices 
Detailed pest control plans
Strong removal and prevention methodology
Only operate in 18 states
Customer service varies between branches
Branches can be too specialized

Truly Nolen pest control services operate in a smaller area compared to Terminix. Truly Nolen currently have offices in just 18 states meaning there are a lot of areas they don’t cover. They have a comprehensive list of their offices on their website, which is searchable by ZIP code. This localization problem is compounded by the fact that some of their branches are specialized in one pest control area. Meaning you may have a branch locally, but they may only deal with termite infestations. This is largely due to them being a franchise model business. 

If you are looking for a quality level service for a lower price, Truly Nolen is a great option. Our research  found they offer lower prices than most pest control companies we contact in regards to a scenario. Though as we didn’t create additional scenarios this might not be reflected across the board of services and it is hard to say just how competitive they are. It is best to get a range of quotes for the pest control service you want. 

Truly Nolen puts an emphasis on fast response times. They strife to respond to all queries within a 24 hour period, and they were extremely fast in responding to our query. This means that their customer service isn’t as readily available as Terminix that offers a 24 hour assistance. As it is a franchise, the standard of customer service could vary greatly between branches. 

Truly Nolan are a pest control service that have expertise in dealing in a wide range of pest infestation. They place an emphasis on controlling insects and spiders in a lot of their services and plans, but they do have coherent strategies in place for other kinds of pest control problems like termite infestations, rodent control, bed bugs, scorpions and wasps. 

Their treatment plans for these kinds of infestations are discussed in detail on their website, giving the customer a fantastic insight into their pest control process. The depth of their strategy is great in comparison to Terminix. 

Truly Nolan offer a wide range of plans and treatment methods that focus on interior, exterior and perimeter pest control solutions. They place a lot of emphasis on helping a homeowner develop a yearly pest control plan, with quarterly visits. All their plans and strategies are developed around seasonal pest control issues that are local to the area that they are operating in. So, they offer targeted strategies that focus on the context of the infestation. 

Truly Nolan’s plans for interior pest control include powder application to treat pests hiding in doorways windows and under the floorboards, destroying spider-webs and their food source, monitoring stations to report on insect activity in your homes, bait stations to trap ants and cockroaches and botanical aerosols. 

Truly Nolan offer strategic plans for exterior pest control where bugs, their eggs and food sources are destroyed, windows and doors are treated with powder to deter pests from entering the property, plugging cracks that let pests enter your house, and a system of baits and lures to prevent pest getting too close to your home. 

So, Truly Nolan has in depth and well thought out strategies for in place that both eliminate the current pests, while lowering the risk of future infestations. 

Like Terminix this company puts an emphasis on teaching a homeowner how to deter and prevent pest infestations. This company also offers a decent educational element on its website - even having a dedicated blog on pest control solutions for all kinds of infestations. They do offer more in depth advice than Terminix, but this advice can be a little harder to find.  You can browse 100 different pests in their online library and find out about how to deal with the creatures that have invaded your space.

Most environmentally friendly

Eco-Wise Pest Control

A pest control service that is environmentally friend

Natural treatments great for allergies
Environmentally friendly
Small coverage area
Slow customer service
No detailed service plans

We only reviewed pest control services that are environmentally responsible and use chemicals that won’t damage or destroy the surrounding environment. Eco-Wise is a pest control service that prides itself on being environmentally friendly - and keeping the local ecology balanced and healthy. All of Eco-Wise’s pest control solutions are designed to ensure the treatment is safe, both for the occupants of who live in the treated area, as well as, the local environment. They use more natural treatments, like sealing cracks to prevent insect infestation, over using chemical. 

The number of states that Eco-Wise operates in is hard to gauge from their website that offers little to no information about the states they operate within, which suggests they are a small company and only operate in a very limited number of states.

As they are a smaller business they don’t have the robust customer services that some of the bigger companies offer - and as such don’t guarantee a reply in a 24 hour period. It also means that they have a smaller number of technicians that are available for jobs, which might increase the time it takes from them to visit a property. 

Eco-wise don’t provide as many services as Terminix or Truly Nolen - like their yearly pest control plan that has quarterly home checks. As such, they are not the most robust of pest control companies. They only offer a small amount of advice regarding infestations and although the educational information isn’t as in-depth or easy to use as other pest control companies. 

Eco-Wise provide pest control for the most common offends, like mice, rats, spiders and termites. They also provide a wild-life pest control solution. 

How we evaluated pest control services 

To evaluate pest control services we looked at these categories: price, range of pest expertise, area covered, website educational resources and the service plans they offer. 

The best way to determine an unbiased price score was to get a quote for a single location and one pest infestation. This proved difficult as different companies operate across different states. We standardized our information by getting as many quotes as possible for a 2,500-square foot home in California, since this was the most common state the services operated in. Whenever a company didn’t operate in California, we located a 2,500-square foot home in the region where the pest control service operated and got a quote for that home. This gave us a rough idea of pricing in regards to one area of their business and with deeper research there may be greater variation in price across pest type. 

In our evaluation, companies with lower priced services scored higher than higher priced services. Overall, we found that pricing is relatively similar for most pest control companies. Based on our research, the most reasonable pricing for a one-time treatment is usually around $150, while the best pricing for a one-year treatment is typically around $500.

Additional factors can raise or lower the cost of your treatment:

  • The size of your home or business will affect price. The larger the area , the more expensive the treatment.
  • The severity of the infestation or type of pest that needs to be removed.
  • The region in which you live.  Warm, wet places with plenty of foliage like Florida  is more inviting for pests than cold dry places like Wyoming.
  • The rarity of a pest problem. The rarer the infestation  like an unlikely Africanized bee infestation, will increase the cost as technicians with specialized experience will be needed. 

We awarded more points to services that offer 24-hour support since this provides peace of mind during an emergency. We also scored services higher if they offered a treatment guarantee. A company that guarantees its work will generally return as often as needed until your bug problem has effectively been eliminated. 

We awarded more points to companies that offer extensive pest libraries as well as prevention and control tips. This resource can help you identify which pests you have in your home to help you determine if you can handle the problem on your own or not.

It is standard practice for pest control companies to offer emergency services, and most companies respond within a day or two to treat your home or business. Companies that responded faster were scored higher in our evaluation.

Why trust us on pest control services? 

We spent 85 hours contacting and researching 10 exterminator companies to determine which ones offer the best prices, most thorough services and fastest response times. We made a list of each company’s services and compared them against each other to determine the best of the best. To get a more in-depth understanding of pesticides and safe exterminating practices, we sought advice from both the EPA and a garden associate at a popular home improvement store. 

Our goal was to give each pest control company an unbiased evaluation by standardizing our comparison as much as possible. However, this was difficult since the services don’t all operate in the same states. We chose to evaluate companies that operate within a larger number of states since this would make them more likely to offer services in your area. 

What to look for in a pest control service

The best services safeguard your property from pest infestations. A pest control technician will inspect and identify the pest problem to provide you with an instant quote before discussing pest control solutions.  

Customer Service 

When you have a bug problem, you don't want to wait or a long solution. The sooner the problem is addressed the less damage and worrying you have to endure. The best pest control companies will respond to your call within 24 hours. They will handle your current bug problem and help you take preventive measures to make it less likely that the bugs will return. Pest control technicians use many methods, such as sprays and bait traps, to control several varieties of pests like termites, ants, spiders, wasps, snakes, bedbugs and others.

Range of pests 

Beyond common bug problems, we looked for companies that cover such wildlife as snakes, rodents and even birds. The best all-around companies can handle several types of pests, but the right service for you depends on the type of  infestation you have. Keep in mind that not all services can treat for termites, which can do serious damage to a home.

Website education material

A good place to find the types of pest a company has experience controlling is their website. The design of their website will tell you many things like how they engage with customers, what kind of strategies and plans they have in place for pest control scenarios. It will also give you a good indication if they have an online account management system, which we’d highly recommend having for long term pest control plans such as a yearly program. 

Environmentally friendly chemicals

Most companies offer free inspections for termites, ants and bedbugs, and then supply you with a quote. Companies are required to follow EPA rules so you can expect them to use products and methods that are safe for you, your family, your pets and the environment.

Pest control companies must also follow regulations for the chemicals they use. And the best pest control companies, like Terminix, use environmentally safe chemicals and spray more powerful poisons responsibly. Some services, such as Eco-Wise, even offer natural and organic pest control options.

We contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to learn about safe and eco-friendly pesticide usage. One of the most important takeaways they gave us was that you should ask the exterminator what pesticides they plan on using. 

A spokesperson from EPA stated, “Be sure the pesticides being used are registered with EPA, as necessary, and that the applicator reads and follows the instructions on the label.” With the knowledge found on the EPA website, you can see whether the exterminator is using chemicals correctly or if their technique might place you and your loved ones at risk. Keep in mind that good pest control companies won’t be afraid to share their chemical list with you.

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