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

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

Our guide to the top pest control companies in Santee can help you choose the right team to deal with any pest problem, large or small.

Best Overall
5.0
  • Serves more than 2.8 million customers annually
  • Nearly 100 years in business
  • Service guarantees in 46 states
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 Santee Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 1,400 customer reviews.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

  • Positive customer service reviews
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • No-cost inspections
9471 Ridgehaven Ct Ste A, San Diego, CA 619-550-0109 orkin.com Read More: Orkin Review
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc. Logo

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal

5/5
Based on 347 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Ants Gophers Residential Spiders Prevention Termites Cockroaches Fleas Bed Bugs Mosquitos Green Pest Control Fumigation Commercial General Pest Control

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Educational web content
  • No-cost inspections
8957 Complex Dr, San Diego, CA 619-955-5121 thrasherpest.com
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Harbor Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 145 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Residential Commercial Bees Fumigation Silverfish General Pest Control Flies Ants Wasps Cockroaches Gophers Termites Prevention Bed Bugs Fleas Spiders Green Pest Control Rats

Highlights

  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
  • No-cost inspections
  • Reliable appointment windows
6160 Fairmount Ave Suite K, San Diego, CA 619-584-8155 harborpest.com
Lloyd Pest & Termite Control Logo

Lloyd Pest & Termite Control

4.7/5
Based on 202 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Green Pest Control Gophers Fumigation Ants Wasps Rats Spiders Mice Silverfish Commercial Cockroaches Fleas Termites Residential Ticks Bed Bugs Mosquitos General Pest Control

Highlights

  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
  • Free inspections
1353 Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 619-447-2441 lloydpest.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Truly Nolen Pest & Termite Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

8125 Mercury Ct suite 140-c
San Diego, CA 92111

Eliminite Termite Services

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

10960 Wheatlands Ave #106
Santee, CA 92071

Simple Pest Management

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

10739 Woodside Ave Ste A
Santee, CA 92071

Powell Termite & Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

10911 Wheatlands Ave
Santee, CA 92071

Dewey Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

9386 Bond Ave
El Cajon, CA 92021

Bee Best Bee Removal

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

9461 Grossmont Summit Dr suite g
La Mesa, CA 91941

Xtermite Inc

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

10107 Prospect Ave # B
Santee, CA 92071

American Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

8100 Broadway Suite E
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Payne Pest Management

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

10070 Carroll Canyon Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92131

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Facts about Santee
Average Max Temp: 72°F
Average Min Temp: 54°F
Average Daily Sunlight: 73%
Average Annual Snowfall: 0"
Average Monthly Precipitation: 1.21"
Average Monthly Pest Visit: $240

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

The first step is picking the best pest control company for the job. Some things you might 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 issuing, maintaining, and revoking licensing is handled at the state level.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    Pest control companies can earn the GreenPro Service Certification, which requires that a company show that its practices are more environmentally friendly and that its employee training is up to date. QualityPro and similar trade organizations also offer other certifications. While not required, these can help demonstrate that a pest control company is reputable.

    Pest control companies can also obtain membership in professional organizations. While not required, membership in organizations like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations help show a company's reputability. Organizations like the NPMA provide access to education, resources, and a network of professionals with whom to discuss best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

You can gain some insight into a company's level of pest management experience by finding out how many years it has been in business. The company's website and local reviews can also clue you in as to whether the company has the experience needed to deal with the specific species of pests that are afflicting your home. You can always call the company directly to learn this information if you can't find it online.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can view a company's rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB), 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 most important factors when hiring for pest control. Cost can be affected by factors like the type of pest being treated, the size of your house, and your location.

    You can think about whether a company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits your budget), and what kind 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

    Ask your pest control technician if they will be using low toxicity or non-toxic pesticides, and if not, ask what precautionary measures they plan to use. Any pesticide that poses greater than minimum risk should be registered with the EPA. Your pest technician should supply information about all of the pesticides to be used, as well as how safe they are around people and pets.

  • Treatment Methods

    Nowadays, many companies are exploring greener and cleaner pest management that can be implemented before (or in place of) chemical pesticides. Many follow the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which goes as follows:

    1. Identify problem pests and determine whether immediate action is required.
    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 absolutely necessary, and always in combination with other techniques for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Observe the results and implement additional pest control as needed.


Common Household Pests in Santee

You might run into some pests more frequently in Santee. Some pests to keep an eye out for include these:

  • Snakes: Snakes prefer cool, dark, and damp places and will often enter a home in search of food. Most species of snakes are harmless, but this is not a risk that you and your family want to take.
  • Moths: If your house has moths, you may start finding holes in your clothing or linens. Moths do best in warmer weather (which makes them a particular problem in Santee) and prefer dark places like closets.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations can be very difficult to quash, so we recommend calling a professional 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.
  • Spiders: These pests prefer damp and dark places and are commonly found in attics.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Santee

What causes pest infestations?

Pests come into your home 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, whether it be standing water on your property or puddles inside from leaky pipes.

What are some steps I can take to 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, try not to have standing water in or around your house. Fix leaks inside and eliminate standing water sites outdoors. Lastly, seal off possible pest entrances into your home, including siding or foundation cracks.

How do I know when to hire an exterminator?

Any time you notice signs of pest activity in your Santee home—such as nests, droppings, signs of damage, or the pests themselves—you should reach out to your local pest professional. If your home has had recurrent or seasonal pest infestations, we suggest contacting a local pest control company to set up annual pest management services.

Do pests come out after spraying for them?

It's normal to feel as though you're seeing more pests in the first few days or weeks after pest control treatment. Pest control tends to flush pests out of their hiding places, thereby making them more visible; you might also see more dead pests around your house. If this uptick in pests sightings doesn't begin to decrease after one to two weeks, reach out to your Santee pest professional. Another treatment may be required.

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