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Written By Jessica Hurtault|Last Updated: April 18, 2024

Pests such as bed bugs and wasps can be a nuisance in any Salinas home. If you're dealing with an infestation, a licensed exterminator can help you contain it before pests damage your health and home.

No matter what your concerns are, our list of the best pest control companies in Salinas can help.

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Best 5 Salinas Pest Control Companies

Orkin Logo


Based on 202 customer reviews.

Services Offered

CockroachesBaitingWaspsSpidersMiceMosquitosBed BugsBeetlesGreen Pest ControlFumigationPreventionAntsWildlifeGeneral Pest ControlTicksFleasTermitesSilverfish


  • No-cost inspections
  • Positive customer service reviews
  • Transparent pricing
6 Hangar Way Ste J, Watsonville, CA 831-228-1466 orkin.comRead More: Orkin Review
Gavilan Pest Control Logo

Gavilan Pest Control

Based on 15 customer reviews.

Services Offered

WaspsGeneral Pest ControlGarden ProtectionFleasAntsTicksMiceBed BugsWildlifeSpiders


  • Lack of hidden fees
  • No-cost inspections
  • Positive customer service reviews
339 Maple St Suite G, Salinas, CA 831-442-1915 gavilanpestcontrol.com
IPM Specialist, Inc. Logo

IPM Specialist

Based on 52 customer reviews.

Services Offered

MiceFliesGeneral Pest ControlWildlifeBed BugsAntsCockroaches


  • Commitment to customer education
  • Consistently high customer service reviews
  • Free inspections
635 Sanborn Pl # 6, Salinas, CA 855-692-8477 ipmspecialist.com
Clark Pest Control Logo

Clark Pest Control

Based on 172 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Bed BugsCockroachesAntsGarden ProtectionSpidersPreventionMiceFumigationMosquitosGreen Pest ControlTermitesFleasGeneral Pest Control


  • Preventative pest control services
  • Transparent pricing
  • Free inspection policy
12360 Christensen Rd, Salinas, CA 831-204-9525 clarkpest.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Monterey Bay Pest Control Inc

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

1997 Del Monte Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955

RB&PC Rodent Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

627 San Benito St
Hollister, CA 95023

EcoPro Home Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.2/5 

201A McCray St #321
Hollister, CA 95023

Ailing House Pest Management, Inc.

User Reviews: 3.6/5 

Mission St and 8th Ave Heather Glen Court Units 1 \u0026, 2nd Ave
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Cardiff Pest Control Inc

User Reviews: 4.3/5 

2701 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Pied Piper Exterminators Inc

User Reviews: 5/5 

100 Enterprise Way suite 105 c
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

4 Less Termite

User Reviews: 3.5/5 

3560 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

17427 Farley Rd W
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Attic Crew

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

3535 Ross Ave Suit #106
San Jose, CA 95124

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Facts about Salinas
Average Max Temp:70°F
Average Min Temp:51°F
Average Daily Sunlight:71%
Average Annual Snowfall:0.1"
Average Monthly Precipitation:1.60"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$256

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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 might consider a company's qualifications and methods of treatment in addition to its customer reviews and years of experience. And of course, there's the cost of services to consider.

Below, we explore the details of each of these factors.

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

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established minimum standards of competency for pesticide applicators, but licensure is handled at the state level. All pesticide applicators and their supervisors in California need to be licensed through the proper state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    A pest control company can optionally apply for additional certifications from trade organizations like QualityPro in order to back up its methods and standards. One particular certification is the GreenPro Service Certification, which is awarded when a company can demonstrate that its methods are more eco-friendly. A company that receives this certification also needs to maintain certain employee training standards.

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

Professional Experience and Specialties

Browsing a pest control company's website can tell you how many years 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 calling the company directly.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    Resources that can help you verify a company's reputation include the Better Business Bureau (BBB), local review sites, and social media. You can also verify the status of a company's license through the California licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    Things like the size of your house, your location, the type of pest being treated, and other factors can all influence the cost of pest control.

    You can learn whether a company provides free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits in your budget) and what kind of guarantees it provides. Often, a company will guarantee that if it does not eliminate your pest problem, it will continue treatment until it does.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe is an important concern when choosing a pest control provider. You may also prefer a provider that offers eco-friendly solutions.

  • Safety

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

  • Treatment Methods

    Nowadays, many companies are exploring more eco-friendly pest management that can be implemented before (or instead of) chemical pesticides. Many follow the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which goes as follows:

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

Common Household Pests in Salinas

Certain pests are more common in Salinas, and these are the ones to keep watch for. Some of these include the following:

  • Ants: Whether they are smaller soil ants or larger carpenter ants, these bugs are found in most parts of California. Carpenter ants can cause more problems than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your house.
  • Flies: You may notice flies around sinks or in areas where you keep food. Flies can get into your Salinas home year-round, but they're especially common in warmer weather.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations can be very hard to get rid of, so we recommend calling a professional as soon as possible. Bed bugs can be found throughout California, and can infest not just your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even wallpaper.
  • Spiders: You may find spiders in your attic or other moist, dark places. While most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans, you don't want an infestation of them in your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Salinas

What causes pest infestations?

Pest infestations happen when pests come into your house looking for something, generally food, water, or shelter. Pests might seek out and eat food or trash that is sitting out. Some may also be drawn to standing water outside (from rain collecting in one area) or inside (from leaky pipes). Pests may also come into your home simply looking for shelter. They can get in through places like broken screens or foundation cracks.

How can I prevent pest infestations?

There are certain steps you can take to help prevent pest infestations. First, don't leave food out. Keep your food stored in sealed containers, and avoid leaving trash sitting around.

Next, avoid having standing water in or around your home. Repair leaks inside and eliminate standing water sites outdoors. Lastly, seal off potential pest entrances into your house, including siding or foundation cracks.

How frequently should I hire a pest control professional?

In general, it's recommended that your house is treated for pests about once annually, more frequently if you have an active infestation. Your pest professional will ultimately be the one best equipped to recommend a treatment schedule for you.

Is pest control safe around my pets?

Your pest control technician will inform you how far pets should be kept away from treated areas, and for how long after treatment. Some pesticides are non-toxic or have low toxicity, but as a general rule you'll be asked to keep pets out of the area during and for some time after treatment.

How soon will I see results from pest control?

How soon you notice pest control results will depend on the problem and treatment. If your pest technician does something like remove a wasp nest, you will see results almost immediately. However, for most pest control you may need to wait anywhere from one to two days to up to six weeks for substantial results. Some infestations may require your technician to make multiple visits to your home.

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