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Charlottesville is a densely-populated place, so pest infestations start and spread quickly. Whether you're dealing with bed bugs or rats, you want an innovative and proactive exterminator by your side to stop troublesome critters before they can take hold.

Our list of the best pest control companies in Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville

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.

Featured Partner
Terminix Logo
Top Rated

Terminix

4.7/5

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

Based on 801 reviews


13513 E Boundary Rd Suite F, Midlothian, VA 23112

(804) 763-5174

www.terminix.com/exterminators/va/mid...
Featured Partner
Orkin Logo
Top Rated

Orkin

5/5

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

Based on 1,313 reviews


1539 Pleasants Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 217-4759

www.orkin.com/locations/virginia-va/h...
Green Pest Services Logo

Green Pest Services

5/5

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

Based on 1,818 reviews


2144 Berkmar Dr Suite 1A, Charlottesville, VA 22901

(202) 844-3408

greenpestservices.net/charlottesville...

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC

4.7/5

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

Based on 17 reviews


243 Ridge McIntire Rd #1018, Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 422-4024

mywildlifepros.com

Dodson Pest Control

4.6/5

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

Based on 52 reviews


1018 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 296-5165

www.dodsonbros.com/location/Charlotte...

Intrastate Pest Control & American Pest

4/5

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

Based on 52 reviews


1218 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 295-6565

intrastatepest.com
American Pest Logo

American Pest

4.6/5

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

Based on 269 reviews


31 Conestoga Wy, Troy, VA 22974

(434) 218-7688

americanpest.net
Brown Exterminating Co Logo

Brown Exterminating Co

4.5/5

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

Based on 31 reviews


27 Industrial Dr #1, Ruckersville, VA 22968

(434) 985-8279

www.brownext.com
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AK Pest Control Central VA

4.2/5

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

Based on 25 reviews


5451 Blue Run Rd, Somerset, VA 22972

(540) 661-2608

www.akpestcontrolva.com
Holistic Pest Solutions Logo

Holistic Pest Solutions

4.6/5

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

Based on 41 reviews


15 Trillium Ln, Fishersville, VA 22939

(434) 842-1700

holisticpestsolutions.com

Best of the rest

Below are home warranty companies that provide decent coverage but fell short of top scores in our rating system. We recommend these only for specific coverage needs.

  • Nagy Pest Control LLC

    4.7/ 5

    606 Cherry Hill Dr, Staunton, VA 24401

    (540) 280-6515

  • Central Virginia Exterminating & Crawlspace Solutions

    4.6/ 5

    14291 S James Madison Hwy, Dillwyn, VA 23936

    (434) 983-1441

  • Uglybug Termite and Pest Control

    4.6/ 5

    1110 Reservoir St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    (540) 574-1110

  • Sprouse's Termite and Pest Control

    4.4/ 5

    108 Parkersburg Turnpike Suite 104, Staunton, VA 24401

    (540) 886-1052

Facts about Charlottesville

  • Average Max Temperature:
    65°F
  • Average Min Temperature:
    47°F
  • Average Daily Sunlight:
    56%
  • Average Annual Snowfall:
    14.8”
  • Average Monthly Precipitation:
    3.61”
  • Average Monthly Pest Visit:
    $230

How To Choose a Pest Control Company

When choosing a pest control expert, there are a number of things you can consider to be sure you choose the right one for you. Factors you might consider include licensing and qualifications, pest intervention strategies, years of experience, customer reviews, and cost.

Below, we explore the details of each of these factors.

Does the company have a valid license and permits to perform pest control?

All pesticide applicators (and those that supervise them) must be certified at the state level. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets minimum standards of competency, but any pesticide applicators working in the state of Virginia should be licensed via 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 QualityPro or similar trade organizations in order to back up its standards and methods. One particular certification is the GreenPro Service Certification, which is given when a company can demonstrate that its methods are more environmentally friendly. A company that receives this certification also needs to maintain certain training standards for employees.

Pest control companies can also become members of professional organizations. While not mandatory, membership in organizations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or state-level organizations help demonstrate a company's reputability. Organizations like the NPMA provide access to resources, education, and a network of other professionals with whom to discuss 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 various pests. Online reviews or the company's website itself can also help you figure out whether it has the skills and experience needed to eliminate the particular pests that are plaguing you. If the answers to your questions aren't available online, contacting the company directly is an easy way to learn about its areas of expertise.

Reviews and Recommendations

You can check a company's reputation using local review sites or social media as well as the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can also check with Virginia's licensing board to see the status of a company's license.

Cost of Services and Guarantees

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

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

Safety and Treatment Methods

Keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe is an important consideration when picking a pest control provider. You might also prefer a provider that uses environmentally friendly methods.

Safety

Your pest control provider should be able to discuss the safety of the pesticides that will be used in your home. They should be able to explain whether the pesticides are low toxicity or non-toxic; if they are not, they should explain what safety precautions they plan to use to protect your family, your pets, and you. Any pesticides that pose above a minimum risk should be registered with the EPA.

Treatment Methods

Many companies are now exploring more environmentally friendly pest management that can be implemented before (or instead of) chemical pesticides. Many follow the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which goes as follows:

  1. Figure out what pests are causing the problem and determine if immediate action is required.
  2. Determine the best and safest course of action.
  3. Manage the pest problem using a combination of mechanical, cultural, biological, and physical controls.
  4. Employ chemical controls only when required, and always with other controls for effective long-term pest management.
  5. Evaluate outcomes and continue with additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in Charlottesville

Certain pests are more prevalent in Charlottesville, and these are the ones to keep watch for. Some of these include the following:

  • Ticks: If your home is near a forest or an area with dense vegetation, or close to a body of water, you may be at higher risk of tick infestations. Ticks can spread Lyme or other diseases to you and your pets.
  • Snakes: Snakes often enter houses in search of food, and once inside they tend to prefer dark, damp, and cool places like basements. Although most species of snakes are harmless, you and your family should not take that risk.
  • Ants: Whether smaller soil ants or larger carpenter ants, these bugs can be found in most of Virginia. Carpenter ants can pose a bigger problem than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your house.
  • Spiders: Spiders usually prefer dark and moist places and are commonly found in basements or attics.
  • Mice: If you have mice, you might notice droppings or things like chewed wires. Frequently, mice are found in places where food is stored or in attics.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bugs can be found throughout Virginia and can lead to major problems if left untreated. Because infestations of bed bugs are hard to get rid of, we recommend having professional extermination as soon as you discover the problem. Bed bugs can infest bedsheets, furniture, wallpaper, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pest Control in Charlottesville

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