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

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

Whether your pest problem is big or small, our guide to pest control companies in Altoona can help you choose the right team to resolve it.

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  • Serves more than 2.8 million customers annually
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  • Over a century of experience
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Best 5 Altoona Pest Control Companies

ABLE Pest Control Logo

ABLE Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 17 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Green Pest ControlBeesMiceBed BugsTermitesGeneral Pest Control

Highlights

  • No-cost inspections
  • Reviews praise customer service
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
139 Pavia Rd, Imler, PA 814-839-4900 ablepestcontrolpa.com
D-Bug Pest Control, Inc. Logo

D-Bug Pest Control

4.7/5
Based on 62 customer reviews.

Services Offered

FleasBeesMosquitosCockroachesPreventionTermitesGeneral Pest ControlWildlifeBed BugsTicksSpidersGreen Pest ControlMiceAnts

Highlights

  • No-cost inspections
  • Commitment to customer education
  • Reviews praise customer service
2001 Bedford St Suite A, Johnstown, PA 814-596-4711 dbugpest.com
Jabco Pest Control Services Logo

Jabco Pest Control Services

4.7/5
Based on 20 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest Control

Highlights

  • Lack of hidden fees
  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
2134 Sandy Dr Suite 11, State College, PA 814-355-3755 jabcopestcontrol.com
Environmental Pest Management, Inc. Logo

Environmental Pest Management

4.7/5
Based on 38 customer reviews.

Services Offered

AntsFleasWildlifeBed BugsFliesMiceBeesEthical Pest ControlTermitesWaspsSpidersCockroachesGeneral Pest ControlGreen Pest ControlTicksMosquitos

Highlights

  • Free inspections
  • Commitment to customer education
  • Transparent pricing
262 Airport Rd, Indiana, PA 724-349-7900 epestman.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

LawnRx

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

5050 Center Dr
Latrobe, PA 15650

Home Paramount Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

14212 Ellerslie Rd NW
Ellerslie, MD 21529

Perry Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.5/5 

1740 Landisburg Rd
Landisburg, PA 17040

D-Bug Pest Control, Inc.

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

456 Frye Farm Rd
Greensburg, PA 15601

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Facts about Altoona
Average Max Temp:56°F
Average Min Temp:41°F
Average Daily Sunlight:51%
Average Annual Snowfall:37.9"
Average Monthly Precipitation:3.33"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$241

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When picking a pest control company, you want to find the right one for you. Important factors include the company's qualifications, its treatment methods, experience and reviews, and of course the cost of services.

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 (and those who supervise them) must be certified at the state level. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets minimum standards of competency, but all pesticide applicators working in the state of Pennsylvania should be licensed via the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • 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 environmentally friendly and that its employee training is up to date. Trade organizations such as QualityPro offer additional certifications. These are not required, but can help demonstrate that a pest control company is reputable.

    Pest control companies can also become members of professional organizations. When a company joins an organization like the National Pest Management Association(NPMA) (or a state-level organization), it gains access to resources, education, and a network of other pest professionals with whom to compare treatment methods. This can give you added peace of mind that a company is following industry best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

Typically, a company will list information like specialities and years of experience on its website. Online reviews can also help you figure out if a company has experience dealing with a particular pest in your area. If you're unable to find the information you need online, you can reach out to the company directly to get the answers to your questions.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

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

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

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

    You can learn whether a company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits in your budget) and what kind of guarantees it offers. Often, a company will guarantee that if it does not eliminate your pest problem, it will continue treatment until it does.

Safety and Treatment Methods

When choosing a pest control provider, you want to choose a company that will keep you, your family, and your pets safe. You may also prefer an environmentally-conscious provider.

  • Safety

    Your pest technician should be using pesticides that are low toxicity or non-toxic any time they can. If any pesticides used don't fit into one of these categories, your technician should explain what safety precautions will be used to protect your family, your pets, and you. Pesticides that pose more than a minimum risk need to be registered with the EPA.

  • Treatment Methods

    It is now common for companies to begin with more environmentally friendly options before employing 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 assess whether immediate action is required.
    2. Decide on the safest course of action.
    3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of biological, cultural, mechanical, and physical controls.
    4. Employ chemical controls only if needed, and always in combination with other controls for effective long-term pest management.
    5. Evaluate outcomes and implement additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in Altoona

Not all pests are equally common in Altoona. Some species that you should be wary of include the following:

  • Ticks: If your home is near a forest or an area with dense vegetation, or near a body of water, you might be at greater risk of a tick infestation. Ticks can spread Lyme or other diseases to you and your pets.
  • Termites: Termites frequently get into your home from nearby piles of mulch, rotting wood, or firewood. If not taken care of, they can cause a significant amount of damage and cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.
  • Ants: Whether they are smaller soil ants or larger carpenter ants, these pests are found in most areas of Pennsylvania. Carpenter ants can pose a bigger problem than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your house.
  • Mice: If you have mice, you may notice droppings or things like chewed wires. If your home has mice, they may be found in attics or in places where food is kept.
  • Spiders: You may encounter spiders in your attic or other dark, damp places. While most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans, you don't want an infestation of them in your house.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Altoona

What causes pest infestations?

Pest infestations happen when pests come into your home looking for something, usually food, water, or shelter. Pests may be looking to eat food or trash that is sitting out. Some could also be drawn to standing water outside (from rain collecting in a particular area) or inside (from leaky pipes). They may also come into your home looking for shelter and get in through weak spots such as broken screens or foundation cracks.

What are some things I can do to prevent pest infestations?

There are several steps you can take to help prevent pest infestations. First, avoid leaving food out. Make sure food is stored in sealed containers, and avoid leaving trash sitting around.

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

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

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

Will pests come out after spraying for them?

It's normal to feel as though you're seeing more pests in the days or weeks following pest control. The process tends to flush pests out of their hiding spaces, making them more visible; you might also find more dead pests around your house. If this uptick in pests sightings doesn't begin to decrease after one to two weeks, contact your Altoona pest professional, as further treatment may be required.

How soon will I 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, you should see the results immediately. In other cases, it might take anywhere from one to two days to up to six weeks for significant pest control results to be noticeable. Some pest infestations might require your technician to make multiple trips to your home.

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