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TruGreen Pest Control Review (2021)

TruGreen isn’t just an industry leader in nationwide lawn care—it offers a wide range of high-quality pest control services, too. Keep reading to learn more.

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If you’re looking for the best pest control companies, it’s important to explore all of your options. TruGreen, a leading lawn care company, doesn’t just offer fertilization and weed control—it offers a wide array of pest control services, ranging from comprehensive plans to targeted mosquito control. Not to mention, TruGreen has been in the business for decades and serves 2.3 million customers.

Customers looking for a pest control company can get a quote through TruGreen’s website. Because pest control providers can differ in cost and the services they offer, we also recommend getting quotes from Terminix, Orkin, and Aptive.

Pros & Cons of TruGreen Pest Control

Pros Cons
Pros Cons
Widespread availability Potentially more expensive than other general pest control plans
Company also offers lawn care services, with some bundle options Doesn’t offer termite control
Protects against grubs, unlike most pest control companies No bed bug removal services

TruGreen Pest Control Plans and Services

TruGreen offers a variety of services for pest control, including Fire Ant Control, Mosquito Control & Defense Treatment, Home Pest Control, TruShield Tick & Flea Control Treatment, and Grub Prevention & Control Services.

Fire Ant Control

TruGreen combats fire ants in two different ways, using both wide-ranging broadcast treatments and targeted mound treatments near specific ant hills, as needed.

First, a TruGreen specialist will evaluate your lawn for fire ant activity and recommend a course of action. For a broadcast treatment, the specialist will apply a granular bait product over your entire yard. The worker ants will pick up the bait and return with it to the colony and the queen, and they’ll be unable to create new mounds. This method is effective for up to a year.

If you need a targeted mound treatment, a TruGreen specialist will place granulated bait near high-visibility mounds.

Mosquito Control & Defense Treatment

TruGreen promises to tackle mosquitoes within just 24 hours with its mosquito control system. With targeted control, a TruGreen specialist will strategically deliver products to the areas mosquitoes like to hide, including ground cover, ornamental foliage, and potted plants. This creates a protective barrier that prevents mosquitoes from sheltering in the treated areas. For full plan customers, TruGreen will perform a free re-service any time you experience biting mosquitoes between treatments.

TruShield Tick & Flea Control

It’s no secret that pests can cause allergic reactions or even transmit diseases. This TruGreen treatment eliminates existing pests and controls future generations of new pests that could migrate to your property.

This plan eliminates a large number of common pests, including:

In some cases, ant control will be available (not including fire ants).

Home Pest Control Service

Available in select cities, this pest control service keeps pests from entering your home. This plan protects against common pests, including:

A TruGreen specialist will perform a thorough inspection of your lawn, followed immediately by the first application, which will reduce the population of active lawn pests. A TruShield expert will inspect your property, paying special attention to access points and areas where pests could be living. A specialist will follow up with applications throughout the year to maintain protection. Each time, the specialist will leave a service summary with you to go over the findings, or leave it at your front door if you’re unavailable.

Grub Prevention & Control Services

Grubs, or beetle larvae, can cause mass destruction to your lawn if left untreated by burrowing into your soil and feeding on grass roots. TruGreen offers a preventative application to keep grubs from causing damage.

A TruGreen specialist will monitor your lawn for adult beetles and apply an insect control product before egg-hatching season. You’ll need to water the treatment to spread it through the root system. The control product will soak in and target any white grubs.

Locations

TruGreen has widespread national availability, servicing every state except for Alaska.

TruGreen Pest Control Cost Breakdown

Costs will vary based on several factors including your zip code and the size and shape of your lawn. On average, pest control services for a roughly 4,000-square-foot lawn could cost this much annually:

  • Fire Ant Control: $140
  • Mosquito Control & Defense Treatment + TruShield: $840
  • Mosquito Control & Defense Treatment: $550

Home Pest Control Service on its own was not available in our area, so we were unable to receive a quote. We also didn’t get a quote for the TruShield Tick & Flea Control Treatment or Grub Prevention & Control Services.

A TruGreen representative noted that several discounts were available for the combo mosquito and pest control service bundle. TruGreen will decrease the initial visit from $119.95 by $69.95 if you place a form of payment on file. If you prepay for the entire year, TruGreen will decrease your yearly total by 7%.

TruGreen Pest Control Reviews

TruGreen is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and holds an A+ rating. The profile reviews are for lawn care, not pest control services.

One customer said:

Great customer service. Totally worth [it] to check out.

Dorothy R. said:

I have had a great experience with TruGreen. Everyone from the people who answer the phones to the technicians have been very helpful and polite. When I call with a problem they are eager to do what needs to be done and respond quickly. They have been treating my lawn for buttonweed, which is very hard to get rid of. I have tried unsuccessfully for 10 years to do this on my own with help from garden center supplies and it only got worse. I am pleased to say that after less than five months, they have almost completely eradicated this weed from my lawn and when I find any coming up again, they send a technician to treat any new seedlings that arise. My lawn is really looking good and I recommend TruGreen for lawn service.

Jim M. said:

I hired them to keep our grass growing and keep the weeds down. For that, they did a fairly decent job. On the negative side the phone calls kept coming for services that I didn’t want, spraying trees for bugs, spraying for mosquitoes, etc. They even put some leaves in a zip-lock bag on my front door showing me tree problems. The telemarketers are very pushy. When I declined an additional service, they asked me why. Finally I called and told them to take me off all their lists except for grass service. If they call me again, I will terminate their service. They called, and I quit the service. BTW, if you terminate service, be sure to get a confirmation number. Then someone else had the audacity to call to ask why I cancelled. TruGreen could be a 5-star company if they’d listen to their customers. They don’t. I think the company is too big and driven by inept high-level managers.

Our Conclusion

Overall, TruGreen has solid pest control offerings for a lawn care company, with targeted and packaged plans covering a variety of pests. If you’re looking for a traditional pest company that can help you with pests like roaches, flies, moths, and common household pests, the This Old House Reviews Team recommends reaching out to Orkin and Terminix, our top two picks for pest control.

We always recommend getting multiple quotes before making your final decision. To get a quote from Orkin, call 877-868-1416 or fill out this simple form. If you'd like a quote from Terminix, call 866-569-4035 or fill out this form.

Company Information

  • Company name: TruGreen
  • Company type: Public
  • CEO: John Cowles
  • Year founded: 1973
  • Headquarters: 1790 Kirby Parkway Forum II, Suite 300, Memphis, Tennessee, 38138
  • States: 49
  • BBB rating: A+

Our Rating Methodology

This Old House Reviews Team values accuracy, transparency, and trust. We created a thorough, objective rating system and scored each pest control company based on our methodology.

We spent hours researching pest control companies by speaking with representatives and technicians directly over the phone, via email, and through chat to get the most up-to-date and useful information about plans, costs, and more.

Finally, we created a ranking system to determine the best pest control companies, using key criteria like number and type of plans, state availability, customer service, and more. You can find more detailed information on it here.

Frequently Asked Questions About TruGreen Pest Control

Does TruGreen do pest control?

TruGreen may be known first and foremost as a lawn care company, but its specialists offer a variety of pest control services. TruGreen offers control for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, grubs, and many common pests like spiders, cockroaches, earwigs, pillbugs, and chiggers. You can buy plans separately or bundle some of them for discounts.

What does TruGreen spray for?

TruGreen sprays for mosquitoes, but the specialist will not spray your entire lawn. They will target areas where mosquitoes seek shelter, like ornamental foliage, potted plants, and ground cover.

Does TruGreen spray for fleas?

TruGreen protects against fleas with its TruShield Tick & Flea Control Plan. The company does not state specifically if it sprays for pests in general, but it does note that this plan includes thorough inspections and applications of pest control products.

Is TruGreen a good company?

The This Old House Reviews Team believes TruGreen is a great lawn care and pest control company because it has many comprehensive plans, an easy quote process and regular discounts, and availability in every state except for Alaska.

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