A pest infestation can be stressful, especially when you have to wait for treatment to be completed. If you’d prefer to take pest control into your own hands, you can try Pestie, a DIY (do-it-yourself) subscription service that sends long-lasting products you can apply yourself.
To test how well Pestie stacks up to the best pest control services, the This Old House Reviews Team analyzed dozens of pest control providers, products, and services. This review breaks down Pestie’s plans, products, costs, and customer experiences.
Pestie Pros and Cons
As with any pest control service, Pestie has both benefits and drawbacks.
✔ Has nationwide availability
✔ Offers routine treatment products that work on 100+ types of bugs
✔ Provides everything needed for application with your shipment, such as a sprayer
✘ Doesn’t offer additional services, such as lawn treatment or animal control
✘ Doesn’t offer treatments for termites or bed bugs
Pestie Plans and Services
You sign up for Pestie by providing details about your bug problem and local climate. Afterward, the company creates a custom service package including professional-grade pest control products. You can opt for a single purchase, pay for treatment products four times a year, or invest in a discounted annual subscription. Pestie ships each treatment in accordance with pest patterns. You receive a starter kit, a booster shipment, a winter prep shipment, and a pre-hatch shipment before the most active insect season starts in spring.
Pestie says its treatment products combat more than 100 bugs, including common pests such as spiders, ants, cockroaches, fleas, ticks, crickets, silverfish, scorpions, beetles, earwigs, and mites.
Pestie’s boxes include pro-grade pesticide concentrate tailored to your location, a mixing bag, protective gloves, and step-by-step instructions for application and safe disposal. Each treatment is designed to get rid of infestations quickly with long-term release that keeps pests away. The first shipment includes a reusable electronic sprayer.
Pestie says that all of its products can be used safely around kids and pets. The products are plant-based and use a micro-encapsulated formula designed to withstand rain. They can be sprayed on plants, trees, bushes, and grass but should not be applied to fruits or vegetables.
Pestie has a bug-free guarantee. The company will work with you to resolve any issues between treatments. Pestie provides a full refund if it can’t find a pest control solution.
Pestie is based in Lehi, Utah, but it’s available for shipping in all 50 states.
Pestie charges $49 for a one-time application. Those who select an annual subscription or pay at the time of each application receive a discounted rate. We received a quote from Pestie of $29 per application for an annual subscription, totaling $116 up-front. Paying for each application for a year costs $34 per application (this option automatically renews after a year).
What To Expect with Pestie
Pestie has a more straightforward process than other pest control providers. You receive a quote after providing the following information:
- Your home’s location
- Common bugs found in your home
- Your desired payment option
Pestie then creates a package and plan based on this information. The company immediately ships your starter kit when you sign up.
Pestie provides routine pest treatment for typical bugs. It doesn’t combat challenging infestations such as termites or bed bugs. The company also doesn’t offer animal and wildlife control, rodent removal, attic or crawl space inspection and treatment, or lawn and garden care.
Pestie doesn’t have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile, but it does have a profile on Best Company. Currently, the company holds a highly favorable score of 8.1 out of 10.* Many reviews praise Pestie’s easy-to-use sprayer kit and affordable service model. The few negative reviews mention damaged products and ineffective treatment.
Read what Pestie customers had to say about their experiences below.
“Two rating factors: economical and ease of application. Most people are skeptical [of] any new concept especially those marketed on social media, and I was too. We are moving into our 3rd application and everything is as stated in the advertisement.” – John Kubala
“We had a sudden cockroach infestation around our back patio area, with a few making their way to the side of the house and garage. … Ordered Pe[s]tie and chatted on Facebook asking if there was a way to expedite the order. They got it out [the] same day. Within 48 hours most of the activity was gone and within a couple [of] weeks no roaches were seen and they have not returned. Thanks for the great customer service and for making a great, easy to use and affordable product.” – Christopher Bowe
“Did not work at all for me. Maybe it works in other parts of the country but does not work in Washington state at all. Update [their] money back guarantee … for unused portion[s]. They did refund me [$]67.” – Paul Deanne
“The first shipment, the pesticide was leaking in the box so not a full treatment. The second one came intact, the sprayer is not very strong and the gloves are a joke. I am hopeful that it works.” – Nichols
*Best Company information is accurate as of April 2023.
Pestie provides an excellent DIY alternative to typical pest control services. The company offers an affordable, tailored treatment plan for common bugs such as ants and cockroaches. It may be an excellent solution for homeowners who need to treat minor ant problems or ticks here and there.
However, you may want to consider a professional pest control service or exterminator if you’re experiencing a more challenging infestation, such as bed bugs or termites. We recommend Terminix due to its long history in the pest control industry, expansive customer support network, and customizable treatment plans, including termite and bed bug treatments.
Those who need emergency services should consider Orkin. The company has a vast network of pest control technicians who may be able to provide same-day service.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pestie
Our Rating Methodology
The This Old House Reviews Team backs up our pest control recommendations with a detailed rating methodology that we use to objectively score each provider. We review pest control plans, navigate the provider website, speak with customer service representatives by phone and online chat (if available), request quotes, and analyze customer reviews for each provider. We then score the provider against our review standards for plan options, additional benefits and convenience factors, availability, trustworthiness, and customer service to arrive at a final score out of 100.
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