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

Pests such as rats and wasps can be a nuisance in any Santa Barbara 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 top pest control companies in Santa Barbara can help.

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  • Serves more than 2.8 million customers annually
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4.8
  • Over a century of experience
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Best 5 Santa Barbara Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 934 customer reviews.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

  • No-cost inspections
  • Transparent pricing
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
1161 Calle Suerte Ste G, Camarillo, CA 805-834-8641 orkin.com Read More: Orkin Review
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Lenz Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 30 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Commercial Spiders Gophers Fleas Wasps Squirrels Termites General Pest Control Green Pest Control Ants Fumigation Residential Cockroaches Rats Silverfish Moles

Highlights

  • Free inspection policy
  • Consistently high customer service reviews
  • Transparent pricing
613 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 805-962-9151 lenzpest.com
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Escalera Pest Control

4.4/5
Based on 16 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest Control Mice Cockroaches Spiders Ants Green Pest Control Rats Prevention Commercial Residential Termites

Highlights

  • Offerings of preventative treatments
  • Reviews praise customer service
  • Free inspections
55 S La Cumbre Rd # 3, Santa Barbara, CA 805-920-8842 escalerapest.com
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O'Connor Pest Control

3.6/5
Based on 30 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Cockroaches Commercial General Pest Control Wasps Ticks Moles Gophers Bed Bugs Green Pest Control Bees Ants Squirrels Prevention Rats Residential Mice Mosquitos Spiders Termites Fleas

Highlights

  • Educational web content
  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Positive customer service reviews
5569 Ekwill St Suite B, Goleta, CA 805-482-2782 oconnorpest.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Cal Termite & Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

2175 Goodyear Ave Suite 124
Ventura, CA 93003

Allguard Termite & Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

2186 Eastman Ave #107
Ventura, CA 93003

Dash Pest Services

User Reviews: 5/5 

2350 Eastman Ave Suite 103
Oxnard, CA 93030

Premium Termite & Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

600 W Cedar St
Oxnard, CA 93033

Ecola Termite and Pest Control Services

User Reviews: 4.8/5 

3005 Ventura Blvd
Oxnard, CA 93036

Dr Termites

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

20 N Aviador St
Camarillo, CA 93010

Dewey Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.1/5 

2991 Ventura Blvd
Oxnard, CA 93036

Clark Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

855 Lawrence Dr
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Ventura Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

2192 Anchor Ct #A
Newbury Park, CA 91320

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Facts about Santa Barbara
Average Max Temp: 70°F
Average Min Temp: 52°F
Average Daily Sunlight: 73%
Average Annual Snowfall: 0"
Average Monthly Precipitation: 1.72"
Average Monthly Pest Visit: $240

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When hiring a pest control company, you want to find the best one to meet your needs. Things you may consider include qualifications and licensing, treatment methods, years of experience, customer reviews, and cost.

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

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

    All pesticide applicators, as well as those that supervise them, must be licensed via the appropriate California regulatory agencies. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established minimum standards of competency, but providing, maintaining, and revoking licensing is handled at the state level.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    There are additional optional certifications that can help prove that a pest control company is reputable. One example is the GreenPro Service Certification. To earn this certification, a company must show that its methods are more environmentally friendly and that its employee training is up to date. Other certifications can be earned through QualityPro and similar trade organizations.

    Pest control companies can also belong to various 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, plus a professional network to compare best practices with. Membership in organizations like these is not required, but it can help show that a company follows industry best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

The number of years that a company has been in business can tell you something about its experience dealing with the pests that live in Santa Barbara. Online reviews or the company's own website can also inform you whether it has the experience needed to deal with your particular pests. If you can't find the information you need online, speaking with a representative is a great way to learn about the company's areas of expertise.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can look at a company's rating and reviews on the Better Business Bureau (BBB), check out local review sites and social media to learn what other people are saying, or verify its license standing through the California licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    Cost is often a deciding factor when picking a pest control company. Cost may be determined by the type of pest being treated, the size of your house, your location, and other factors.

    Certain pest control companies offer a free on-site estimate to help you determine if it fits into your budget. You can also check to see if it offers a satisfaction guarantee.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe is an important consideration when picking a pest control provider. You may also prefer a provider that uses environmentally friendly methods.

  • Safety

    Ask your pest control provider if they plan to use low toxicity or non-toxic pesticides, and if not, what kind of precautionary measures they are going to use. All pesticides that are not considered minimum-risk chemicals should be registered with the EPA. Your pest control provider will be able to provide you with information about all pesticides that they plan to use.

  • Treatment Methods

    Pest professionals looking to reduce their reliance on chemical pesticides often implement procedures such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Using IPM involves a series of steps:

    1. Identify the source of the pest problem and determine if immediate action is required.
    2. Determine the best and safest course of action.
    3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of biological, cultural, mechanical, and physical controls.
    4. Use chemical controls only when absolutely necessary, and always with other methods for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Evaluate outcomes and provide additional pest control as needed.


Common Household Pests in Santa Barbara

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

  • Bees: Having bees around your house can be a nuisance, especially if someone in your household has an allergy. Your pest control technician can help eliminate bees, and some may even be able to help safely relocate hives.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations are often very difficult to eliminate, so we strongly recommend calling a local exterminator 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 encounter spiders in your attic or other dark, damp areas. Most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans, but you still don't want an infestation of them in your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Santa Barbara

What causes pest infestations?

Pests enter your home looking for one of three things: food, water, or shelter. Some pests will enter your home simply because they have the opportunity to do so, via a foundation crack or broken screen. Some are attracted to food, either actual food sitting out or trash left out in the open. Others are searching for water, either standing water on your property or puddles inside from things like leaky pipes.

What are some things I can do to prevent pest infestations?

One method for preventing pest infestations is to seal off potential entrances into your house. This includes things like cracks in your siding or foundation. Also try to avoid leaving food out for pests. This includes keeping food in sealed containers and not leaving trash out. Lastly, reduce standing water in and around your home. Find ways to reduce places where water collects outside, and repair leaks inside.

When should I hire a pest control professional?

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

Is pest control safe around pets?

Usually, it's a good idea to keep your pets away from treated areas during and for some time following application. Some pest control chemicals are low or non-toxic, but as a general rule they should not be ingested by pets. Your pest control company will tell you how far to keep your pets out of treated areas, and for how long.

Do pests come out after a technician sprays for them?

It's normal to feel as though you're seeing more pests in the days or weeks following pest control. Pest control tends to flush pests from their hiding spaces, thereby making them more visible; you might also find more dead pests around your home. If the increase in pests sightings doesn't begin to decrease after one to two weeks, reach out to your Santa Barbara pest professional. Further treatment may be necessary.

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