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

Like any other place in the country, Athens residents deal with infestations of bed bugs and wasps. These nuisance critters can damage houses and health, but licensed exterminators can help stop them in their tracks.

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

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  • Over a century of experience
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Best 5 Athens Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 854 customer reviews.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Reviews praise customer service
1945 Old Candler Rd, Gainesville, GA 470-248-7695 orkin.com Read More: Orkin Review
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American Pest Control

5/5
Based on 1,364 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Bed Bugs Residential Ants General Pest Control Green Pest Control Rats Garden Protection Commercial Bees Termites Prevention

Highlights

  • Consistently high customer service reviews
  • Educational web content
  • No-cost inspections
3145 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 706-546-1490 ampest.com
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Houseman Services

5/5
Based on 683 customer reviews.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

  • No-cost inspections
  • Transparent pricing
  • Proactive approach to pest control
5871 Macon Hwy, Bishop, GA 706-769-7826 housemanservices.com
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Arrow Exterminators

4.7/5
Based on 300 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest Control Mosquitos Wasps Squirrels Commercial Raccoons Spiders Silverfish Green Pest Control Rats Mice Fleas Residential Bed Bugs Termites Prevention Cockroaches Ticks Ants Garden Protection

Highlights

  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Transparent pricing
  • Offerings of preventative treatments
1952 W Broad St, Athens, GA 706-765-2117 arrowexterminators.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Athens Exterminating

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

7080 Smokey Rd
Athens, GA 30601

Hawk Pest Solutions

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

1927 Atlanta Hwy SE
Statham, GA 30666

Massey Services Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

256 N Broad St
Winder, GA 30680

A & E Pest Control Inc

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

145 W May St
Winder, GA 30680

Holders Pest & Wildlife Services

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

18 Creek View Dr
Hoschton, GA 30548

Progressive Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.3/5 

4027 Hwy 53
Hoschton, GA 30548

Northwest Exterminating

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

2014 US-78
Monroe, GA 30655

Andrews Termite & Pest Control Inc.

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

2580 US-78
Loganville, GA 30052

Prime Pest Solutions

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

375 Franklin Dr
Dacula, GA 30019

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Facts about Athens
Average Max Temp: 71°F
Average Min Temp: 54°F
Average Daily Sunlight: 61%
Average Annual Snowfall: 0.8"
Average Monthly Precipitation: 3.91"
Average Monthly Pest Visit: $236

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

There are a number of factors you can consider when choosing the right pest control company for you. Important decision-making factors include the company's qualifications, its treatment methods, experience and reviews, and of course the cost of services.

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

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

    While the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the minimum standards of competency for pesticide applicators, licensing is handled at the state level. All pesticide applicators (and those who supervise them) in Georgia should be licensed by all the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    One optional certification that could be worth looking for is the GreenPro Service Certification. To obtain this certification, a pest control company needs to both show that its practices are more environmentally friendly and uphold certain technician training standards. Companies can also earn other certifications from QualityPro or similar trade organizations to further support their work.

    Pest control companies can also obtain membership in professional organizations. Holding membership in organizations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations is not mandatory, but helps verify a company's reputability. The NPMA gives companies access to education, resources, and a network of other professionals with whom to discuss practices and methods.

Professional Experience and Specialties

Generally, a company displays information like specialities and years of experience on its website. Local reviews can also help you determine if a company has experience dealing with a specific pest. If you're unable to find the information you need online, you can speak with a company representative directly to get your questions answered.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can look for reviews and recommendations on social media or local review sites, look up a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, or check its licensure status through the Georgia licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    The cost of pest control can vary based on things like the size of your house, your location, the type of pest being treated, and other factors.

    When thinking about the cost of services, you should confirm whether a company offers free on-site estimates as part of its process. This can inform you whether the company fits into your budget. Also look into what guarantees a company offers: If the problem is not resolved, or if it returns, will the company provide additional treatment until the problem is satisfactorily resolved?

Safety and Treatment Methods

Keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe is an important consideration when selecting a pest control provider. You might also prefer one that employs environmentally friendly practices.

  • Safety

    All pesticides (except those that pose only a minimum risk) need to be registered with the EPA. Your pest control technician should be able to provide information on all the pesticides that they plan to use. They should be able to tell you whether the pesticides are low toxicity or non-toxic, and if not, what safety precautions will be in place.

  • Treatment Methods

    It is now common for companies to begin with more environmentally friendly options before employing harsh pesticides, following a framework called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). When using IPM, the following steps are taken:

    1. Figure out what pests are causing the problem and determine whether immediate action is required.
    2. Determine the best and safest course of action.
    3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of mechanical, cultural, biological, and physical controls.
    4. Employ chemical controls only if needed, and always in combination with other methods for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Evaluate outcomes and continue with additional pest control as needed.


Common Household Pests in Athens

Some pests are more common than others. In Athens, common pests to be wary of include the following:

  • Termites: If you don't promptly deal with a termite infestation, they could cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Termites often get into your house via nearby piles of mulch, firewood, or rotting wood.
  • Moths: If you've started noticing holes in your linens or clothing, you might have moths in your home. Moths like dark places like closets, and they're more common in warmer places (like Athens).
  • Snakes: Snakes often enter houses looking for food, and once inside they tend to prefer cool, damp, and dark places like basements. Although the majority of snakes are harmless, most people don't want their family, their pets, or themselves to take that risk.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bugs can be found throughout Georgia and can cause major problems if left untreated. Because infestations of bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of, we recommend having professional extermination as soon as you discover the problem. Bed bugs can infest furniture, bedsheets, wallpaper, and more.
  • Spiders: Spiders usually prefer dark and damp places and are often found in basements or attics.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Athens

What causes pest infestations?

Pests enter 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 look for water, either standing water on your property or puddles inside from leaky pipes.

What are some steps I can take to prevent pest infestations?

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent pest infestations. First, don't leave food out. Make sure food is stored in sealed containers, and avoid leaving trash sitting around.

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

How do I know when to hire a pest control professional?

You should consider hiring an exterminator any time you notice signs of pests in your Athens home. These signs can include nests, droppings, damage caused by pests, or even the pests themselves. If you get recurrent or seasonal pest infestations, we recommend annual preventive pest management.

Is pest control safe around my pets?

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

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