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    Jessica Hurtault
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Pests such as mice and bed bugs are a significant concern in places that are more densely populated, such as Santa Cruz. These critters aren't just simple nuisances. The more an infestation spreads, the more serious of a threat it can pose to your health and living environment.

Our guide to the best pest control companies in Santa Cruz can help you choose the right team to handle any pest problem, large or small.

Best Overall
Terminix logo
5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

  • Serves more than 2.8 million customers annually
  • Nearly 100 years in business
  • Service guarantees in 46 states
Best for Urgent Service
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4.8/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

  • Over a century of experience
  • Same-day service if you call before noon local time
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

10 Best Pest Control Companies in Santa Cruz

Brands are algorithmically curated from a database of local service providers near you. We require a minimum number of Google reviews and average ratings for provider inclusion.

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Top Rated

Terminix

4.9/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 426 reviews


1610 Moffett St suite b, Salinas, CA 93905

(831) 771-3673

www.terminix.com/exterminators/ca/sal...
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Top Rated

Orkin

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 202 reviews


6 Hangar Way Ste J, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 228-1466

www.orkin.com/locations/california-ca...
Pied Piper Exterminators Inc Logo

Pied Piper Exterminators Inc

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 425 reviews


100 Enterprise Way suite 105 c, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

(800) 834-4034

thepiedpiper.com
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Cardiff Pest Control Inc

4.3/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 35 reviews


2701 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 475-4214

cardiffpestcontrol.com
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4 Less Termite

3.5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 25 reviews


3560 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 465-1699

www.4lesstermite.com
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Logo

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 135 reviews


17427 Farley Rd W, Los Gatos, CA 95030

(408) 354-9944

thrasherpestcontrol.com

MightyMite Termite Services

4.6/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 117 reviews


215 E Hacienda Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 377-3761

www.mightymitetermite.com
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Attic Crew

4.5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 47 reviews


3535 Ross Ave Suit #106, San Jose, CA 95124

(800) 558-5857

www.atticrew.com
Gold Standard Termite and Pest, Inc Logo

Gold Standard Termite and Pest, Inc

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 53 reviews


1271 Alma Ct, San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 418-5278

www.goldstandardtermiteandpest.com

Clark Pest Control

4.6/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 172 reviews


12360 Christensen Rd, Salinas, CA 93907

(831) 204-9525

www.clarkpest.com/locations/salinas-c...

Facts about Santa Cruz

  • Average Max Temperature:
    70°F
  • Average Min Temperature:
    49°F
  • Average Daily Sunlight:
    67%
  • Average Annual Snowfall:
    0.0”
  • Average Monthly Precipitation:
    3.06”
  • Average Monthly Pest Visit:
    $246

How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When picking a pest control company, you want to make sure that you find the best one to meet your needs. You might take into consideration a pest control company's qualifications and methods of treatment as well as its years of experience and customer reviews. 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?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains minimum competency standards for pesticide applicators, but licensure is regulated at the state level. All pesticide applicators and supervisors in California must 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 certifications from trade organizations like QualityPro in order to support its methods and standards. One particular certification is the GreenPro Service Certification, which is given to any company that can demonstrate that its methods are more environmentally friendly. These companies also need to maintain certain employee training standards.

Pest control companies can also become members of professional organizations. A pest control company can join both state-level organizations and national organizations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). While not mandatory, membership in these organizations helps prove a company's reputability and gives it access to resources, education, and a network of other professionals with whom to compare best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

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

Reviews and Recommendations

You can view a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, browse reviews on social media or local review sites, 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 services. Cost can be affected by factors like the size of your house, the type of pest being treated, and your location.

You can take into consideration whether a certain company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits your budget), and what sort of guarantees are provided. 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 influence the provider and the treatment methods you choose.

Safety

You can ask your pest control provider if they plan on using low toxicity or non-toxic pesticides, and if not, ask what precautionary measures they will take. Any pesticide that has been deemed above minimum risk needs to be registered with the EPA. Your pest technician should be able to supply information about all of the pesticides that will be used in your home, and how safe they are around people and pets.

Treatment Methods

Many companies are now trialing options for more eco-friendly methods of pest control before jumping into using harsh pesticides.

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

  1. Identify problem pests and determine whether immediate action is required.
  2. Determine the best and safest course of action.
  3. Use a combination of biological, cultural, physical, and mechanical 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. Observe the results and continue with additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in Santa Cruz

Not all pests are equally pervasive in Santa Cruz. Some species that you should be wary of are these:

  • Snakes: Snakes often enter houses looking for food, and once inside they tend to prefer dark, cool, and damp areas. While the majority of snakes are harmless, you and your family should not take that risk.
  • Fleas: Fleas tend to prefer warmer weather (which can make them a particular problem in Santa Cruz) and often are brought into the home by pets.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches can be found in many parts of California, although they prefer wetter areas. Cockroaches might come inside through small cracks, and they can spread diseases like salmonella.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations are often very hard to eliminate, so we recommend calling a local exterminator as soon as possible. Bed bugs are found throughout California, and can infest not only your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even your wallpaper.
  • Mice: If your home has a mouse infestation, you may start noticing droppings around your house, or things like chewed wires. If your home has mice, they may be found in places where food is stored or in attics.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pest Control in Santa Cruz

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