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

When the Salem weather gets rainy, pests such as centipedes and mosquitos top local residents' list of worries. A licensed and experienced exterminator can help you stop infestations and prevent them from happening again.

Below, discover our list of the top pest control companies in Salem, who can help you eliminate any kind of pest problem.

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 Salem Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 1,000 customer reviews.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

  • No-cost inspections
  • Transparent pricing
  • Commitment to customer education
60 Sharp St Ste 1, Hingham, MA 781-827-6436 orkin.com Read More: Orkin Review
Yankee Pest Control Logo

Yankee Pest Control

5/5
Based on 361 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Squirrels Mice Rats Ticks Mosquitos Residential General Pest Control Wasps Heat Treatment Termites Bees Bed Bugs Ants Beetles Green Pest Control Commercial

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Commitment to customer education
  • Free inspection policy
20 Waite Ct, Malden, MA 781-397-9923 yankeepestcontrol.com
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A1 Exterminators

4.7/5
Based on 151 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Raccoons Bees Prevention Bed Bugs Green Pest Control Wasps Baiting Termites Commercial Rats General Pest Control Cockroaches Mosquitos Ticks Ants Residential Squirrels

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Offerings of preventative treatments
  • Commitment to customer education
183 Shepard St, Lynn, MA 781-236-6279 a1exterminators.com
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B & B Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 140 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Ticks Commercial Fleas General Pest Control Cockroaches Bees Mice Beetles Wasps Mosquitos Bed Bugs Residential Termites Ants Rats

Highlights

  • Free inspections
  • Reviews praise customer service
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
271 Western Ave #203, Lynn, MA 781-599-4317 bbpest.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Ultra Safe Pest Management

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

2302 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA 01845

Dennis The Mennis Pest Control

User Reviews: 3.9/5 

29 Locust St
Lynn, MA 01904

Modern Pest Services

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

128B New Boston St
Woburn, MA 01801

Waltham Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

97 Cambridge St
Burlington, MA 01803

Catseye Pest Control - Tewksbury, MA

User Reviews: 4.8/5 

1061 East St
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Best Pest Control Services

User Reviews: 3.9/5 

63 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

Pest Specialist LLC

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

117 Chester St
Lawrence, MA 01843

Ladybug Pest Control Services

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

44 Billings Rd B
Quincy, MA 02171

Buono Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.4/5 

462 Trapelo Rd
Belmont, MA 02478

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Facts about Salem
Average Max Temp: 55°F
Average Min Temp: 42°F
Average Daily Sunlight: 55%
Average Annual Snowfall: 50.5"
Average Monthly Precipitation: 3.91"
Average Monthly Pest Visit: $258

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When picking a pest control company, you want to be sure to find the best one for you. The qualifications of and treatment methods used by a company are important to consider, as well as its years of experience and what other customers have said. Of course, you will also want to think about cost.

Below, we dive into detail on each of these factors.

  • 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 Massachusetts 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 a company to show that its practices are environmentally friendly and that its employees receive up-to-date training. Trade organizations such as QualityPro offer additional certifications. While not required, these can help show that a company is reputable.

    There are certain professional organizations that a pest control company can be a member of. When a company becomes a member of an organization like the National Pest Management Association(NPMA) (or a state-level organization), it receives access to education, resources, and a network of other pest control experts with whom to compare treatment methods. This can give you extra peace of mind that a company follows industry best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

The amount of time that a company has been in business can give you some insight into its experience dealing with the pests that live in Salem. Customer reviews or the company's website itself can also help you figure out whether it has the experience needed to handle your specific pest problem. If you can't find the information you need online, contacting the company directly is an excellent way to learn about its areas of expertise.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

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

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    For many people, cost is one of the main deciding factors when hiring for pest control services. Cost can be influenced by factors like your location, the size of your house, and the type of pest being treated.

    You can take into consideration whether a specific company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits in your budget), and what sort of guarantees are provided. 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 choice of pest control provider might be affected by how environmentally friendly a company's practices are, as well as how safe its methods are around your family and pets.

  • Safety

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

  • Treatment Methods

    Companies often start 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. Identify the source of the pest problem and determine whether immediate action is needed.
    2. Determine the best and safest course of action.
    3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of mechanical, physical, biological, and cultural controls.
    4. Employ chemical controls only when required, and always in combination with other techniques for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Observe the results and continue with additional pest control as needed.


Common Household Pests in Salem

Certain pests are more common than others. In Salem, common pests to be watchful for include the following:

  • Fleas: Fleas normally prefer warmer weather and can often be brought in by pets.
  • Mice: If your home has a mouse infestation, you may notice 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.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations are often very difficult to eliminate, so we strongly recommend hiring an exterminator as soon as possible. Bed bugs can be found throughout Massachusetts, and can infest not just your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even your wallpaper.
  • Spiders: These pests prefer dark and damp places and are often found in basements or attics.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Salem

What are some causes of pest infestations?

Pests make their way into 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 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 things like leaky pipes.

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

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

Second, try not to have standing water in or around your house. Repair leaks indoors and eliminate standing water sites outdoors. Lastly, seal off potential pest entrances into your home, including foundation and siding cracks.

How often do I need to hire someone to do pest control?

Typically, it's recommended that you have your house treated for pests approximately once a year, more often if there is an active infestation. Your pest professional will ultimately be the best person to recommend a treatment schedule for you.

Is pest control safe around my pets?

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

How soon can I expect to see results from pest control?

How long it takes pest control to work depends on the issue and treatment. For example, if your technician removes a wasp nest, the problem should be resolved immediately. In other cases, it may take anywhere from one to two days to up to six weeks for significant pest control results to be noticeable. Some pest infestations may require your technician to make multiple trips to your home.

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