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

Many Rancho Santa Margarita residents worry about nuisance critters such as bed bugs and wasps. Ease your pest concerns by hiring a licensed local exterminator that can stop current infestations and prevent future ones.

Our guide to the best pest control companies in Rancho Santa Margarita can help you choose the right team to deal with any pest problem, big or small.

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4.8
  • Over a century of experience
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Best 5 Rancho Santa Margarita Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 3,236 customer reviews.

Services Offered

TermitesAntsFleasBaitingPreventionSpidersBed BugsWaspsMiceTicksGeneral Pest ControlWildlifeCockroachesMosquitosFumigation

Highlights

  • Reviews praise customer service
  • Free inspections
  • Educational web content
12710 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 909-806-7037 orkin.comRead More: Orkin Review
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Allure Pest Management

5/5
Based on 412 customer reviews.

Services Offered

MosquitosTermitesAntsBed BugsMiceGeneral Pest ControlFumigationBaiting

Highlights

  • Free inspections
  • Transparent pricing
  • Positive customer service reviews
20 Via Tranquila, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 949-342-0662 allurepest.com
Moxie Pest Control Logo

Moxie Pest Control

5/5
Based on 2,401 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest ControlWaspsAntsTermitesFleasSilverfishPreventionBed BugsMosquitosSpidersCockroachesWildlifeMice

Highlights

  • Positive customer service reviews
  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Reliable exterminators
18 Technology Dr Suite 152, Irvine, CA 949-377-0347 moxieservices.com
Dewey Pest & Termite Control Logo

Dewey Pest & Termite Control

4.7/5
Based on 68 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest ControlFleasBeesSilverfishBeetlesGarden ProtectionSpidersBed BugsBaitingFliesAntsMosquitosCockroachesWaspsMothsMiceTicksPreventionTermites

Highlights

  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
  • Lack of hidden fees
29734 Avenida De Las Banderas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 949-888-9221 deweypest.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Preventive Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

26060 Acero #204
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Tanler Termite and Pest Control Laguna Hills

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

23293 S Pointe Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Accurate Termite and Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

13865 Alton Pkwy Suite 110
Irvine, CA 92618

Peachy Pest Control Inc

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

24761 Lagrima
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Solo Termite and Construction

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

22600 Lambert St Ste 1004
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Bee Busters - Orange County Bee Removal Service

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

23192 Alcalde Dr Suite C
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Treebark Termite and Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

64 Mapleton
Irvine, CA 92620

Bug Squad

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

26242 Enterprise Way
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Richie's Termite and Pest Service

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

12847 Temescal Canyon Rd Suite A
Corona, CA 92883

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Facts about Rancho Santa Margarita
Average Max Temp:70°F
Average Min Temp:56°F
Average Daily Sunlight:71%
Average Annual Snowfall:0.1"
Average Monthly Precipitation:1.29"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$239

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

The most important step in the pest control process is hiring the right company for you. You may take into consideration a company's qualifications, treatment methods, years of experience, customer reviews, and service prices.

Below, we discuss each factor in more detail.

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

    While the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established minimum standards of competency for pesticide application, licensing is taken care of at the state level. All pesticide applicators (and their supervisors) in California need to be licensed by all the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    Pest control companies can also obtain optional certifications such as the GreenPro Service Certification. This certification is awarded once a company has proven its methods to be more environmentally friendly and demonstrated that it also maintains certain other standards, such as up-to-date training for employees. A company can also earn other certifications from trade organizations like QualityPro to further verify its practices and methods.

    A pest control company can also hold membership in professional organizations. Becoming a member of an organization like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or a state-level organization gives companies access to education and resources, in addition to a network of professionals with whom to compare best practices. Joining organizations like these is not mandatory, but it can help indicate that a company follows industry best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

Looking at a company's website can tell you how long it has been in business and what type of pests it specializes in eliminating. Online reviews can also provide some insight into a company's experience dealing with a specific pest. If you're unable to find this information online, you can try contacting the company directly.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can look up a company's reviews and rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB), explore social media and local review sites to see what others in your area have to say, or verify its license standing via the California licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

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

    You can take into consideration whether a company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits in your budget), and what sort of guarantees it provides. Often, a company will guarantee that if its treatment doesn't resolve your pest problem, it will continue to come back until it does.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Your preferences regarding safety for yourself, any children or pets, and the environment can influence which provider and treatment methods you choose.

  • Safety

    Be sure to ask your pest control provider if they are going to use low toxicity or non-toxic pesticides, and if not, ask about what precautionary measures they plan to use. Any pesticide that has been deemed above minimum risk should be registered with the EPA. Your pest control company should supply information about all pesticides to be used, and how safe they are around people and pets.

  • Treatment Methods

    Many companies have begun using more natural treatment methods before, or in place of, harsh chemical pesticides. Some use a program called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The steps of IPM are as follows:

    1. Identify problem pests and determine if immediate action is needed.
    2. Decide on the safest course of action.
    3. Use a combination of mechanical, physical, biological, and cultural controls to manage the pest problem.
    4. Use chemical controls only when required, and always in combination with other controls for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Assess the outcome and provide additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in Rancho Santa Margarita

In Rancho Santa Margarita, there are some pests that are more common than others. This list includes the following:

  • Ants: Whether larger carpenter ants or smaller soils ants, these bugs are found in most of California. Carpenter ants can pose a bigger problem than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your house.
  • Flies: You might find flies around sinks or in places where food is kept. Flies might get into your Rancho Santa Margarita home year-round, but they're especially common in warmer weather.
  • Mice: Some common signs of mouse activity include chewed wires and droppings around your house. Mice tend to frequent attics or places where food is kept.
  • Spiders: You may find spiders in your attic or other damp, dark areas. Most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans, but you still don't want a spider infestation in your home.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations can be very difficult to quash, so we recommend hiring an exterminator as soon as possible. Bed bugs are found throughout California, and can infest not just your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even your wallpaper.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Rancho Santa Margarita

What are some causes of pest infestations?

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

How can I prevent pest infestations?

One way to prevent pest infestations is seal off possible entrances into your home. This includes things like cracks in your foundation or siding. Second, avoid leaving out food for pests. This includes keeping food in sealed containers and not leaving trash out. Third, get rid of standing water in and around your home. Try to reduce places where water collects outside, and repair leaks inside.

How do I know when to hire an exterminator?

Any time you see signs of pests in your Rancho Santa Margarita home—which could include droppings, nests, signs of damage, or the pests themselves—you should contact your local pest professional. If your home has had recurrent or seasonal infestations, we suggest reaching out to a local pest control company to request annual pest management services.

Is pest control safe around pets?

Your pest control professional will let you know how far your pets need to be kept away from treated areas, and for how long. Some pesticides are non-toxic or have low toxicity, but in the vast majority of cases you'll be asked to keep pets out of the area during and for some time after application.

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