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

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

No matter your concerns, our guide to the top pest control companies in University Place can help.

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Best 5 University Place Pest Control Companies

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Orkin

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5/5
Based on 2,348 customer reviews.

Services Offered

General Pest ControlWaspsBaitingMiceSpidersFumigationTicksWildlifeAntsBeetlesTermitesCockroachesMosquitosBed Bugs

Highlights

  • Consistently high customer service reviews
  • Commitment to customer education
  • No-cost inspections
11110 25th Ave E Ste D, Tacoma, WA 253-287-4148 orkin.comRead More: Orkin Review
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Long Pest Control

5/5
Based on 469 customer reviews.

Services Offered

AntsBeesTermitesGeneral Pest ControlPreventionMiceSpidersBaitingCockroachesGreen Pest ControlFleasBeetles

Highlights

  • Free inspection policy
  • Positive customer service reviews
  • Transparent pricing
3402 S Washington St, Tacoma, WA 253-444-2974 longpestcontrol.com
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Insight Pest Solutions

5/5
Based on 2,748 customer reviews.

Services Offered

FleasWaspsSilverfishBaitingBeetlesTicksPreventionMosquitosWildlifeGeneral Pest ControlGreen Pest ControlBed BugsSpidersMiceAntsCockroaches

Highlights

  • Free inspections
  • Transparent pricing
  • Commitment to customer education
3635 S Cedar St Suite F, Tacoma, WA 253-656-5844 insightpestnorthwest.com
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Bulwark Exterminating

5/5
Based on 1,387 customer reviews.

Services Offered

PreventionTermitesFleasCockroachesAntsGreen Pest ControlSpidersGeneral Pest ControlMosquitosMice

Highlights

  • Transparent pricing
  • Free inspection policy
  • Positive customer service reviews
3417 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 253-292-6956 bulwarkpestcontrol.com

More Local Pest Control Companies

Saela Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.8/5 

8016 Durango St SW Suite #4
Lakewood, WA 98499

Senske Serivces - Tacoma

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

2410 104th St Ct S Suite D
Lakewood, WA 98499

Venom Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

9617 Jacobsen Ln
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Rainier Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

10919 64th Ave
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Sentinel Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

8412 Canyon Rd E
Puyallup, WA 98371

Croach Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

11106 25th Ave E STE B
Tacoma, WA 98445

All Seasons Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

140 161st St S
Spanaway, WA 98387

Lind Pest Control Inc

User Reviews: 4.6/5 

4138 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406

Green Diamond Pest Control

User Reviews: 4.7/5 

14314 104th Ave Ct NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98329

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Facts about University Place
Average Max Temp:53°F
Average Min Temp:39°F
Average Daily Sunlight:51%
Average Annual Snowfall:3.8"
Average Monthly Precipitation:4.98"
Average Monthly Pest Visit:$243

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How To Choose a Pest Control Company

There are a number of factors you can weigh when choosing the best pest control company 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 that supervise them) are required to be certified at the state level. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets minimum standards of competency, but any pesticide applicators working in Washington should be licensed via the necessary state regulatory agencies.

  • Is the company a member of any professional organizations?

    Obtaining additional optional certifications can help prove that a pest control company is reputable. One example is the GreenPro Service Certification. To earn this certification, a company must show that its methods are more environmentally friendly and that its employee training is up to date. Other various certifications can be earned through QualityPro and similar trade organizations.

    There are various professional organizations that pest control companies can be members of. Becoming a member of an organization such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or a state-level organization grants a pest control company access to education and resources, plus a professional network to compare best practices with. Belonging to one of these organizations is not mandatory, but it can help indicate that a company follows industry best practices.

Professional Experience and Specialties

A company's website can tell you how long it has been in operation and what type of pests it specializes in eliminating. Online reviews can also give you some insight into a company's experience dealing with a certain type of pest. If you're unable to find this information online, you can try calling the company directly.

  • Reviews and Recommendations

    You can look for reviews and recommendations on social media or local review sites, view a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, or check the status of its license through the Washington licensing board.

  • Cost of Services and Guarantees

    The cost of pest control can vary based on things like your location, the type of pest being treated, 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 help determine whether the company fits into your budget. Also consider a company's guarantees: If the problem is not resolved, or returns, does the company provide additional treatment until the issue is satisfactorily handled?

Safety and Treatment Methods

Keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe is an important concern when selecting a pest control provider. You might also prefer one that employs environmentally friendly practices.

  • Safety

    It's important to understand the precautions for the pesticides used in your home, for the sake of you, your family, and your pets. Your pest control provider should supply information about any pesticides they plan on using, whether they are low toxicity or non-toxic, and (if not) what safety measures will be in place. All pesticides (except minimum-risk ones) must be registered with the EPA.

  • Treatment Methods

    Nowadays, many companies are exploring greener and cleaner pest 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. 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. Assess the outcome and continue with additional pest control as needed.

Common Household Pests in University Place

Not all pests are equally common in University Place. Some species that you should keep an eye out for include the following:

  • Moths: If you're dealing with a moth infestation, you might start finding holes in your linens or clothing. Moths thrive in warmer weather and prefer dark places like closets.
  • Ants: Whether smaller soil ants or larger carpenter ants, these pests are found in most parts of Washington. Carpenter ants can pose a bigger problem than their smaller counterparts because they can do damage to your home.
  • Flies: You might see flies around sinks or in areas where you keep food. Flies can get into your house in University Place throughout the year, but they're especially common during warmer months.
  • Spiders: These pests prefer moist, dark places and are commonly found in basements or attics.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bugs are found throughout Washington and can cause major problems if left untreated. Because bed bug infestations can be hard to get rid of, we recommend hiring a professional exterminator as soon as you discover the problem. Bed bugs can infest wallpaper, furniture, bedsheets, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control in University Place

What are some causes of pest infestations?

Pests enter your home looking for one of three things: food, water, or shelter. Some pests will enter your home simply because they have the opportunity to do so, through a broken screen or foundation crack. Some are drawn by food, either actual food sitting out or trash left out in the open. Others are searching for water, either standing water outside or puddles inside from leaky pipes.

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

One way to prevent pest infestations is seal off potential entrances into your home. This includes things like cracks in your siding or foundation. Second, avoid leaving out food for pests. This includes keeping food in sealed containers and not leaving trash out. Third, eliminate standing water in and around your house. Find ways to reduce places where water can collect outside, and fix leaks inside.

How do I know when to hire an exterminator?

You should consider hiring a pest control professional any time you identify signs of pest activity in your University Place home. This can include seeing nests, droppings, pest damage, 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 company will let you know how far your pets need to be kept away from treated areas, and for how long after treatment. Some pesticides are non-toxic or have low toxicity, but as a general rule you'll be asked to keep pets out of the area during and for some time after treatment.

How long does pest control last?

The majority of pesticides last approximately 30 to 90 days after application. Chemicals applied outdoors may not last as long as those applied indoors due to precipitation. 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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