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Written By Jessica Hurtault|Last Updated: April 18, 2024

Many Chapel Hill homeowners worry about nuisance critters such as rats and bed bugs. Ease your pest concerns by hiring a licensed local exterminator that can stop current infestations and prevent future ones.

No matter your concerns, our list of the best pest control companies in Chapel Hill can help.

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Best 5 Chapel Hill Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 1,201 customer reviews.

Services Offered

AntsTermitesBed BugsFliesSpidersWaspsMiceWildlifeCockroachesFumigationBaitingGeneral Pest ControlMosquitos

Highlights

  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Free inspections
2810 Meridian Pkwy Ste 130, Durham, NC 919-973-7556 orkin.comRead More: Orkin Review
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ClearDefense Pest Control

5/5
Based on 1,162 customer reviews.

Services Offered

MicePreventionSpidersTermitesGeneral Pest ControlGreen Pest ControlMosquitosAnts

Highlights

  • Educational web content
  • Free inspection policy
  • Lack of hidden fees
2717 Western Bypass Unit 111, Durham, NC 919-636-6900 cleardefensepest.com
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Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control - Durham

5/5
Based on 869 customer reviews.

Services Offered

PreventionFumigationCockroachesGeneral Pest ControlMiceSpidersGreen Pest ControlMosquitosAntsBeetlesBed BugsWaspsEthical Pest ControlWildlifeTermites

Highlights

  • Reviews praise customer service
  • Transparent pricing
  • Reliable exterminators
2401 Reichard St, Durham, NC 919-477-2134 cleggs.com
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HomeTeam Pest Defense

4.8/5
Based on 303 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Green Pest ControlFleasCockroachesAntsGeneral Pest ControlGarden ProtectionMiceMosquitosWaspsTicksSilverfishPreventionSpidersTermites

Highlights

  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
  • Commitment to customer education
  • Transparent pricing
4915 Prospectus Dr Suite F, Durham, NC 919-354-5531 pestdefense.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Triangle Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

210 N Columbia St 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Eco Man Pest Solutions

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

144 Silver Fir Ln
Durham, NC 27713

Home Paramount Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

5515 NC-55
Durham, NC 27713

Sawyer Termite-Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

1000 Jones Ferry Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Dimino Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

3068 Roy Ct
Apex, NC 27523

Bulwark Exterminating in Morrisville

User Reviews: 5/5 

10207 Chapel Hill Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560

Stomp Pest Control

User Reviews: 5/5 

6300 Limousine Dr #116
Raleigh, NC 27617

Economy Exterminators

User Reviews: 5/5 

2160 N Salem St
Apex, NC 27523

Dodson Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

7425 ACC Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27617

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Facts about Chapel Hill
Average Max Temp:69°F
Average Min Temp:51°F
Average Daily Sunlight:58%
Average Annual Snowfall:3.6"
Average Monthly Precipitation:3.78"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$225

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When picking a pest control professional, there are several factors you can consider to be sure that you're choosing the right one for you. A company's qualifications and pest treatment methods are important to consider, as are its years of experience and customer reviews. Of course, you also want to consider 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 North Carolina regulatory agencies. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets minimum standards of competency, while providing, maintaining, and revoking licensure is handled at the state level.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

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

    Pest control companies can also belong to various professional organizations. Pest control companies can obtain membership in both state-level organizations and national organizations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). By being a member of these optional organizations, a company helps support its reputability and gains access to resources, education, and a network of professionals to compare best practices with.

Professional Experience and Specialties

You can gain some insight into a pest company's level of experience by looking into how long it has been in operation. Local reviews and the company's own website can also inform you whether a certain company has experience dealing with the specific species of pests invading your home. You can always reach out to a representative directly to learn this information if it is not available online.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can view a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, explore reviews on social media or local review sites, or check the standing of its license via the North Carolina licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

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

    When considering the cost of services, you should verify whether a company provides free on-site estimates as part of its process. This can help determine whether the company fits into your budget. Also take into account what guarantees a company offers: If the problem is not fixed, or returns, does the company provide additional treatments until the problem is satisfactorily resolved?

Safety and Treatment Methods

It's important to consider safety when choosing a pest control professional. You might also prefer a provider who employs more natural, environmentally friendly treatment methods.

  • Safety

    All pesticides used by your company (except those that are classified as minimum-risk) must be registered with the EPA. Your pest control provider should be able to supply information on all the pesticides that they will be using. They should be able to tell you whether the pesticides are low toxicity or non-toxic, and if not, what safety precautions they plan to take.

  • Treatment Methods

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

    1. Identify the source of the pest 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 physical, biological, mechanical, and cultural controls.
    4. Employ chemical controls only if needed, and always in combination with other solutions for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Evaluate outcomes and continue with additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in Chapel Hill

Not all pests are equally pervasive in Chapel Hill. Some species that you should keep an eye out for include the following:

  • Snakes: Snakes often enter houses looking for food, and once inside they tend to prefer cool, damp, and dark spots like basements. While the majority of snakes are harmless, you and your family should not take that risk.
  • Ants: Whether they are larger carpenter ants or smaller soils ants, these pests are found in most of North Carolina. Carpenter ants can pose a more urgent issue than their smaller counterparts by causing damage to your home.
  • Fleas: These pests prefer warmer weather (which can make them a real nuisance in Chapel Hill) and often get indoors by hiding in pet fur.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations are often very difficult to quash, so we strongly recommend hiring an exterminator as soon as possible. Bed bugs are found throughout North Carolina, and can infest not just your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even your wallpaper.
  • Mice: Some telltale signs of mouse activity include chewed wires and droppings around your house. Mice are often found in attics or in areas where you keep food.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Chapel Hill

What causes pest infestations?

Pest infestations occur when pests enter your house looking for something, normally food, water, or shelter. Pests may seek out and eat food or trash that is left out. Some might also be drawn to standing water outside (from rain collecting in one area) or inside (from leaky pipes). Pests might also come into your home simply looking for shelter. They can get in through weak spots like foundation cracks or broken screens.

How can I prevent pest infestations?

One thing you can do to prevent pest infestations is seal off possible entrances into your home. These include things like cracks in your siding or foundation. Second, avoid leaving food out for pests. This includes keeping food in sealed containers and not leaving trash out. Third, reduce standing water in and around your house. Work to reduce places where water can collect outside, and repair leaks inside.

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

In general, it's recommended that you have your house treated for pests approximately once a year, more frequently if you have an active infestation. Your pest professional will ultimately be the one best equipped to recommend a treatment schedule for you.

Will I need to clean after pest control services?

We recommend asking your pest control technician this question while they are at your house, as the answer will vary depending on what treatments are done. After pesticide application, you may notice a lingering smell that will dissipate over time.

In most cases, dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down certain surfaces are all appropriate after pest control. However, make sure that you don't wipe away chemical barriers, and avoid touching any traps unless you are explicitly told to do so. After the pest control process, continue keeping your home clean. Don't let trash pile up, take care of spills and leaks promptly, and so on. This helps keep pests from coming back.

How long does pest control last?

The majority of pesticides last approximately 30 to 90 days after application. Rain can wash away outdoor chemicals, giving them a shorter lifespan than those applied indoors. Some other things that can affect how long pesticide application lasts include what chemicals are used, the method of applying them, what pests are being targeted, and the extent of your pest problem.

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