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

Many Charleston residents worry about damaging 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.

Regardless of the type of infestation you're facing, our guide to the best pest control companies in Charleston can help you find the right pros to handle it.

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Best 5 Charleston Pest Control Companies

Advanced Termite and Pest Control Logo

Advanced Termite and Pest Control

Based on 345 customer reviews.

Services Offered

TermitesSpidersWildlifeWaspsSilverfishBed BugsMiceGeneral Pest ControlMosquitosGreen Pest ControlAntsPreventionBaitingCockroaches


  • Transparent pricing
1524 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 843-795-6767 charleston-pest-control.com
Carolina Exterminating Logo

Carolina Exterminating

Based on 513 customer reviews.

Services Offered

TermitesWildlifePreventionMiceSpidersGeneral Pest ControlBed BugsCockroachesMosquitosGreen Pest ControlFleas


  • Free inspection policy
  • Reliable appointment windows
  • Consistently high customer service reviews
948 Wappoo Rd, Charleston, SC 843-225-9990 carolinaexterminating.com
Palmetto Exterminators Logo

Palmetto Exterminators

Based on 832 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Bed BugsCockroachesGeneral Pest ControlTermitesTicksWaspsFleasPreventionGreen Pest ControlSpidersSilverfishMosquitosAnts


  • Helpful homeowner content on its website
  • Free inspection policy
  • Continuous highly praised customer service reports
624 Orleans Rd, Charleston, SC 800-585-8019 palmettoexterminators.net
HomeTeam Pest Defense Logo

HomeTeam Pest Defense

Based on 1,037 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Green Pest ControlPreventionTicksCockroachesSpidersSilverfishTermitesAntsGarden ProtectionMiceBaitingGeneral Pest ControlMosquitosFleasWasps


  • Proactive solutions for pest control
  • Free inspection policy
  • Transparent pricing
2060 Harley St, North Charleston, SC 843-207-3372 pestdefense.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Rocket Pest Control

User Reviews: 5/5 

2235-B Technical Pkwy
North Charleston, SC 29406

Clark's Termite & Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.9/5 

4990 Appian Way
North Charleston, SC 29420

Wilson's Exterminating Service

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

1727 Ashley River Rd #2
Charleston, SC 29407

Kopex Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

4986 Wetland Crossing Rd 1 1320
North Charleston, SC 29418

Pleasant Pest Solutions

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

2708 4 Winds Pl
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466

Hawx Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

2235 Technical Pkwy Ste. G
North Charleston, SC 29406

ProCore Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

186 Seven Farms Drive suite f-197
Charleston, SC 29492

Massey Services Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

3315 Ashley Phosphate Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418

Barrier Pest Services

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

1835 Belgrade Ave
Charleston, SC 29407

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Facts about Charleston
Average Max Temp:74°F
Average Min Temp:59°F
Average Daily Sunlight:65%
Average Annual Snowfall:0.1"
Average Monthly Precipitation:4.09"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$232

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When hiring a pest control professional, there are a number of things that you can consider to make sure you choose the best one for you. In addition to a company's qualifications and pest extermination methods, you may also consider how long it has been in business and what the reviews are like. Last but not least, you'll likely want to look at 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 competency standards for pesticide applicators, licensing is taken care of at the state level. All pesticide applicators (and their supervisors) in South Carolina should be licensed by all the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    A pest control company can optionally apply for additional certifications from trade organizations like QualityPro to verify its methods and standards. One particular certification is the GreenPro Service Certification, which is granted to any company that can demonstrate that its methods are more eco-friendly. Companies that receive this certification also need to maintain certain employee training standards.

    There are certain professional organizations that a pest control company can belong to. Holding membership in organizations like the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations is not required, but helps confirm that a company follows industry best practices. Membership in the NPMA gives companies access to resources, education, and a network of pest professionals with whom to discuss methods and practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

In general, a company will list information like its years of experience and specialities on its website. Local reviews can also inform you as to whether a company has experience dealing with a specific pest. If you're unable to locate the information you need online, you can reach out to the company directly to get your questions answered.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

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

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

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

    You can think about whether a company offers free on-site estimates (to determine if it fits your budget), and what kind of guarantees are provided. Often, a company will guarantee that if your pest problem isn't fixed by its treatment, it will continue to treat until it is.

Safety and Treatment Methods

Your preferences regarding safety for yourself, your children, your pets, and the environment might affect which provider and treatment methods you choose.

  • Safety

    You want to ensure that you understand the precautions around pesticides being used around your home, for the sake of your family, your pets, and yourself. Your pest control expert should provide information about the pesticides they plan to use, whether they are low toxicity or non-toxic, and (if not) what safety measures will be in place. All pesticides (except minimum-risk ones) should be registered with the EPA.

  • Treatment Methods

    Many companies are now exploring greener and cleaner pest control solutions that can be used before (or instead 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 assess whether immediate action is needed.
    2. Decide on the safest course of action.
    3. Use a combination of biological, cultural, mechanical, and physical controls to manage the pest problem.
    4. Use chemical controls only when required, 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 Charleston

Not all pests are equally prevalent in Charleston. Some species that you should keep an eye out for are these:

  • Termites: If you don't promptly deal with a termite infestation, they could cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Termites often enter your home via nearby piles of rotting wood, firewood, or mulch.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches can be found throughout South Carolina, though they prefer wetter areas. This can make them an even bigger problem in Charleston. Cockroaches might get into your house through small cracks, and they can bring in diseases like salmonella.
  • Mice: Some common signs of mouse activity include chewed wires and droppings around your house. Frequently, mice can be found in attics or in areas where food is stored.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bug infestations can be very hard to quash, so we strongly recommend calling a local exterminator as soon as possible. Bed bugs are found throughout South Carolina, and can infest not only your bedsheets, but also other furniture and even your wallpaper.
  • Spiders: These pests prefer dark and damp places and are often found in attics.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in Charleston

What are some causes of pest infestations?

Pest infestations occur when pests enter your home looking for something, typically food, water, or shelter. Pests might be looking to eat food or trash that is sitting out. Some could also be drawn to standing water outside (from rain collecting in one spot) or inside (from leaky pipes). They may also come into your home simply looking for shelter. They can get in through places such as foundation cracks or broken screens.

How can I 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.

Next, avoid having standing water in or around your home. Fix leaks inside and eliminate places where standing water collects outside. Lastly, seal off any possible pest entrances into your house, including foundation and siding cracks.

When should I hire an exterminator?

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

Do I need to worry about my pets during or after pest control?

Your pest control professional will let you know how far pets should be kept away from treated areas, and for how long after treatment. Some pesticides are low toxicity or non-toxic, but as a general rule you'll be asked to keep pets away from the area during and for some time after application.

Can pests come out after spraying for them?

It's common to feel like you're seeing more pests in the first few days or weeks after pest control treatment. Pest control tends to flush pests out of their hiding places, making them more visible; you might also find more dead pests around your house. If the increase in pests sightings doesn't start to decrease after one to two weeks, contact your Charleston pest professional. Another treatment may be required.

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