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Written By Jessica Hurtault | Last Updated: February 05, 2024

Many Merced homeowners are concerned about wasp and bed bug infestations. Any pest can threaten both your health and property, but hiring a licensed local exterminator can give you peace of mind by stopping infestations and preventing future ones.

Below, you can find our list of the top pest control companies in Merced, who can help you handle any kind of pest problem.

Best Overall
5.0
  • Serves more than 2.8 million customers annually
  • Nearly 100 years in business
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Best for Urgent Service
4.8
  • Over a century of experience
  • Same-day service if you call before noon local time
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Best 5 Merced Pest Control Companies

Orkin Logo

Orkin

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5/5
Based on 1,453 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Ants Spiders Termites General Pest Control Commercial Silverfish Flies Residential Fumigation Prevention Mice Cockroaches Fleas Bees Bed Bugs Rats Ticks Baiting Wasps Mosquitos

Highlights

  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
5830 E Shields Ave, Fresno, CA 559-682-6001 orkin.com Read More: Orkin Review
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Clark Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 111 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Mosquitos Rats General Pest Control Ants Commercial Fleas Fumigation Heat Treatment Bed Bugs Cockroaches Termites Spiders Residential Mice Garden Protection Prevention Green Pest Control

Highlights

  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Consistently high customer service reviews
  • No-cost inspections
2773 N, Ca-59, Merced, CA 209-205-9640 clarkpest.com
Bob's Community Pest Control Logo

Bob's Community Pest Control

4.5/5
Based on 26 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Commercial Prevention Bees Residential Wasps Bed Bugs Mice Silverfish Moths General Pest Control Spiders Beetles Cockroaches Ticks Ants Fleas Rats Mosquitos

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Positive customer service reviews
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
2911 Business Park Way, Merced, CA 209-722-9923 bobscommunitypestcontrol.com
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Reliable Termite Solutions

4.6/5
Based on 124 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Termites Residential Cockroaches Ants Commercial Bees General Pest Control Bed Bugs Prevention Spiders

Highlights

2930 Geer Rd #117, Turlock, CA 209-262-8367 reliabletsolutions.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Ridx Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

425 N Gateway Dr Suite A
Madera, CA 93637

Insect IQ

User Reviews: 5/5 

406 Motor City Ct Ste C
Modesto, CA 95356

Byrd Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

254 Sperry Ave #2
Patterson, CA 95363

Peace of Mind Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

924 15th St STE A 2nd Floor
Modesto, CA 95354

Cornerstone Pest Management

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

1500 Standiford Ave #A2
Modesto, CA 95350

Dewey Pest & Termite Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

5030 Salida Blvd
Salida, CA 95368

Crazy Ant Pest Control

User Reviews: 5/5 

4746 W Jennifer Ave STE 108
Fresno, CA 93722

Eco Strike Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

9786, 35788 CA-41
Coarsegold, CA 93614

Delk Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.8/5 

5645 W San Madele Ave #106
Fresno, CA 93722

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Facts about Merced
Average Max Temp: 77°F
Average Min Temp: 53°F
Average Daily Sunlight: 70%
Average Annual Snowfall: 0"
Average Monthly Precipitation: 1.03"
Average Monthly Pest Visit: $239

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When hiring a pest control company, you want to make sure that you find the right one for you. You might take into consideration a company's qualifications and treatment methods as well as its customer reviews and years of experience. Of course, there is also the cost of services to consider.

Below, we discuss each of these factors in more detail.

  • Does the company have a valid license and permits to perform pest control?

    While the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the minimum standards of competency for pesticide application, licensure is handled at the state level. All pesticide applicators (and their supervisors) in California should be licensed by all the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    An optional certification that may be worth looking for is the GreenPro Service Certification. In order to earn this certification, a pest control company must both show that its practices are more environmentally friendly and uphold certain training standards for its technicians. Companies can also earn other certifications from QualityPro or similar trade organizations to further back up their work.

    Pest control companies can also obtain membership in professional organizations. Being a member of organizations like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations is not mandatory, but helps verify a company's reputability. The NPMA gives companies access to resources, education, and a network of pest professionals with whom to discuss practices and methods.

Professional Experience and Specialties

For the most part, a company displays information like its specialities and years of experience on its website. Local reviews can also help you figure out if a company has experience dealing with a particular pest in your area. If you're unable to locate the information you need online, you can call the company directly to get the answers to your questions.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can check a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, look for reviews on local review sites or social media, or check the standing of its license via the California licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    For many people, cost is one of the main deciding factors when looking for pest control. Cost can be influenced by factors like the type of pest being treated, the size of your house, and your location.

    You can look into whether a specific company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits your budget), and what sort of guarantees it provides. Often, a company will guarantee that if your pest problem isn't fixed by its treatment, it will continue to treat until it is.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Your preferences regarding safety for yourself, your children, your pets, and the environment can affect the provider and the treatment methods you choose.

  • Safety

    Your pest technician should be using low toxicity or non-toxic pesticides when possible. If any pesticides used don't fit into one of these categories, your technician should explain what safety precautions will be used to protect you, your family, and your pets. All pesticides that pose more than a minimum risk need to be registered with the EPA.

  • Treatment Methods

    Many companies are using options for more environmentally friendly methods of pest control before jumping into using harsh pesticides.

    One common method for making pest control safer and greener is Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The steps of IPM are as follows:

    1. Identify the source of the pest problem and determine whether immediate action is required.
    2. Decide on the safest course of action.
    3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of mechanical, physical, biological, and cultural controls.
    4. Use chemical controls only when required, and always along with other techniques for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Observe the results and provide additional pest control as needed.


Common Household Pests in Merced

In Merced, certain pests are more common than others. This list of pests includes the following:

  • Ants: Whether smaller soil ants or larger carpenter ants, these pests are found in most parts of California. Carpenter ants can cause more problems than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your home.
  • Termites: Termites frequently get into your house from nearby piles of firewood, mulch, or rotting wood. If left uncontrolled, they can do significant damage and cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.
  • Fleas: Fleas typically prefer warmer weather (which can make them a real nuisance in Merced) and often get inside by hiding in the fur of pets.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bugs may be found throughout California, and they can lead to serious problems if left untreated. Because bed bug infestations can be hard to get rid of, we recommend getting professional extermination as soon as you discover the problem. Bed bugs can infest furniture, wallpaper, bedsheets, and more.
  • Spiders: You may find spiders in your attic or other moist, dark places. Most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans, but you still don't want an infestation of them in your house.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Merced

What causes pest infestations?

Pests make their way into your house looking for one of three things: food, water, or shelter. Some pests will opportunistically enter your home through a broken screen or foundation crack. Some are attracted to food, either actual food left out or trash sitting out in the open. Others look for water, either standing water outside or puddles inside from leaky pipes.

What are some steps I can take to prevent pest infestations?

There are several things you can do to help prevent pest infestations. First, don't leave food out. Make sure food is stored in sealed containers, and avoid leaving trash sitting around.

Second, try not to have standing water in or around your house. Fix leaks indoors and eliminate places where standing water collects outside. Finally, seal off possible pest entrances into your home, including foundation and siding cracks.

How do I know when to hire a pest control professional?

You should consider hiring an exterminator any time you notice signs of pests in your Merced home. These signs can include droppings, nests, pest damage, or even the pests themselves. If you get seasonal or recurrent pest infestations, we recommend yearly preventive pest management.

Why is preventive pest control important?

Preventive pest control is important to help stop pest problems before they start. Your local pest control technician know about the pests that live in your part of Merced, including how they get into homes and the times of the year during which they are most active. Your technician can recommend changes and implement barriers to keep pests out of your house, helping you save time and money that you might otherwise spend on future pest control visits—and on the damage and illness caused by pests.

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