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Pests such as crickets and centipedes can be a year-round problem in Wilmington's warmer weather. A licensed local exterminator can help you control infestations to minimize damage to your health and home.

Our guide to the best pest control companies in Wilmington can help you find the right team to handle any pest problem.

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
Orkin logo
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 Wilmington

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

5/5

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

Based on 626 reviews


2111 Capital Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 798-2980

www.insect.com
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Top Rated

Orkin

5/5

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

Based on 744 reviews


98 Lullwater Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 660-7099

www.orkin.com/locations/north-carolin...
Jay Taylor Exterminating Co. Logo

Jay Taylor Exterminating Co.

5/5

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

Based on 361 reviews


1482 N Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 791-6836

www.jaytaylorexterminating.com
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Economy Exterminators

5/5

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

Based on 1211 reviews


3135 Kitty Hawk Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 790-2000

www.economyexterminators.com

Aptive Environmental

5/5

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

Based on 1062 reviews


2704 Exchange Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 838-6694

goaptive.com/locations/wilmington-nc
Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control - Wilmington Logo

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control - Wilmington

4.7/5

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

Based on 229 reviews


3417 Enterprise Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 796-1202

www.cleggs.com/locations/wilmington
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Port City Pest

4.7/5

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

Based on 273 reviews


8209 Market St suite a-254, Wilmington, NC 28411

(910) 789-1212

portcitypestnc.com
Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators Logo

Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators

4.6/5

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

Based on 287 reviews


670 Wellington Ave, Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 254-9443

www.bugnarug.com

Dodson Pest Control

4.6/5

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

Based on 189 reviews


425 Landmark Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 392-3330

www.dodsonbros.com/location/Wilmingto...

Mosquito Squad of Wilmington & The Crystal Coast

4.6/5

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

Based on 246 reviews


3525 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 427-5920

www.mosquitosquad.com/wilmington-crys...

Facts about Wilmington

  • Average Max Temperature:
    71°F
  • Average Min Temperature:
    61°F
  • Average Daily Sunlight:
    64%
  • Average Annual Snowfall:
    0.7”
  • Average Monthly Precipitation:
    4.52”
  • Average Monthly Pest Visit:
    $216

How To Choose a Pest Control Company

The first step is choosing the best pest control company for the job. 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?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all pesticide applicators and their supervisors must be licensed at the state level. The EPA maintains minimum standards of competency, and the North Carolina regulatory agencies handle the granting, maintaining, and revoking of licenses.

Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

Pest control companies have the option to obtain certifications from QualityPro or similar trade organizations. These certifications can help you assess the quality of a company's products. For example, the GreenPro Service Certification is given to companies that use comprehensive and effective pest control treatment that is safer for humans and the environment.

Pest control companies can also be members of certain professional organizations. Membership in organizations like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations is not required, but helps show that a company is reputable. The NPMA gives companies access to resources, education, and a network of professionals with whom to discuss practices and methods.

Professional Experience and Specialties

Looking at how long a company has been in business can help determine how much experience it has dealing with common pests in Wilmington. You can also browse its website or read customer reviews to decide whether it has the right kind of experience handling the species of pests you are looking to get rid of. If this information is not available online, speaking with a company representative is a good way to learn more.

Reviews and Recommendations

You can verify a company's legitimacy using the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and social media or local review sites. You can also check with North Carolina's licensing board to verify the status of a company's license.

Cost of Services and Guarantees

Things like your location, the size of your house, the type of pest being treated, and other factors can all affect the cost of pest control.

You can look into whether a company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits in your budget) and what sort of guarantees it provides. Often, a company will guarantee that if it does not take care of your pest problem, it will keep coming back until it does.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Safety is an important consideration when selecting a pest control expert, and you might prefer a provider who employs more natural, environmentally friendly pest control solutions.

Safety

You should ask your pest control provider if the chemicals they're using are low toxicity or non-toxic, and if not, what sort of precautionary measures they plan to take. All pesticides that are not considered minimum-risk chemicals should be registered with the EPA. Your pest technician should be able to supply information about all pesticides they plan to use.

Treatment Methods

Many pest control companies are making the switch to using more natural and eco-friendly treatment methods before, or instead of, harsh chemical pesticides. Some follow a program called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The steps of IPM are as follows:

  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. Use a combination of physical, cultural, biological, and mechanical controls to manage the pest problem.
  4. Employ chemical controls only when absolutely necessary, and always along with other solutions for effective long-term pest management.
  5. Observe the results and continue with additional pest control methods as needed.

Common Household Pests in Wilmington

Not all pests are equally pervasive in Wilmington. Some species that you should be on the lookout for include the following:

  • Snakes: Snakes often enter houses in search of food, and once inside they tend to prefer cool, dark, and damp spots. Although most species of snakes are harmless, most people don't want their family, their pets, or themselves to take that risk.
  • Bees: Bees around your home can be a nuisance, particularly if someone in your household is allergic. Your local pest control company can help eliminate bees; some may even have the resources to safely relocate hives.
  • Ants: Ants can be found in just about every part of North Carolina. Large carpenter ants can be even more of a problem than regular soil ants, as they can cause structural damage to your home.
  • Mice: Some common signs of mice include chewed wires and droppings around your home. Mice tend to frequent attics or areas where you keep food.
  • Bed bugs: Infestations of bed bugs can be very hard to eliminate, 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 wallpaper.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pest Control in Wilmington

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