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Best Pest Control in San Diego, CA

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Many San Diego pest control companies specialize in residential termite treatment. From inspection to trenching to fumigation tenting, termite control service typically occurs in stages. One-time removal service can get rid of a wasp problem, but recurring treatment is recommended to keep them from returning to the nest. Ants can be difficult to control and usually require recurring services. Ongoing treatments and traps for rodents are prevalent in San Diego, even in urban and suburban areas.

Top 11 San Diego Pest Control Companies

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Terminix
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Terminix, with over 85 years of professional experience, offers more than just termite removal services. It offers complete pest control techniques, including insulation services to prevent encroachments.

CalCoast Pest Management
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Specializes in ants, spiders, earwigs, German roaches, American roaches, silverfish, wasps, rodents, pantry pests, bed bugs, bees and crickets. Book a free inspection online.

Clark Pest Control San Diego
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Offers a full range of pest control services, including bird control, rodents, bedbugs and termite treatment. Free same day pest inspection. Ask about green pest control solutions.

Corky’s Pest Control
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Offers same-day service for a full range of pest services, including rodents and termites. Annual Ultimate Pest Service starts at $39 per month. Money-back guarantee on most recent paid service.

Dav Termite & Pest Inc
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Offers termite and pest control services for rodents, ants, cockroaches, termites, bees, bats and birds that utilize technologically advanced treatment methods.

Hi-Tech Termite Control
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Offers free termite inspections, termite treatments, fumigation, ant treatments and rodent control for multi-unit complexes. Customers enjoy free home termite inspection and two-year warranty on rodent exclusion service.

Joshua’s Pest Control
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Get year-round protection against ants, spiders, termites, earwigs, cockroaches, mice, rats, fleas, ticks, snails, wasps and silverfish. Call for a free quote.

Lloyd’s Pest Control
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Provides pest management and termite control for homes and businesses. Free quote and on-site inspection. If pests return during the guarantee period, technicians will reapply treatments at no charge.

San Diego Pest & Termite
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Offers general pest control (including ants), gopher control, rodent control and bee/wasp control. Service plans start at $79 per two months or $89 quarterly.

Suncoast Pest Management
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Provides preventative pest control and extermination services specializing in spiders, ants, bed bugs, silverfish, roaches, mice and rats.

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San Diego’s warm climate may be comfortable for its people, but it is also pleasant for its pest population. Communities in San Diego’s rural areas encounter more instances of rodent and wildlife infestation, while desert communities are more prone to insect problems. For example, dry weather in the San Diego region, especially in the eastern desert parts of the county, brings ants indoors looking for water and nesting areas. Residents can visit San Diego County Vector Control for more information on some common pests. The City of San Diego provides pest control tip cards in English and Spanish.

Most common pests in San Diego

The most common pests in San Diego include ants, cockroaches, termites, fleas and feral cats. As the weather gets warmer and more humid in San Diego, these types of common pests thrive.

While ants generally do not cause structural damage, ant infestations can render food inedible.

Common ants in San Diego are Argentine ants, carpenter ants and fire ants. Argentine ants are small and can fit through tiny cracks, thus presenting the most trouble to residents. Ant infestations are common on college campuses, like SDSU and UCSD. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood and cause structural damage, while red fire ants are aggressive and have a painful sting. Red fire ant infestations have been detected in Northern San Diego County.

Four types of cockroaches commonly found in San Diego area homes are German, Oriental, brown-banded and American. Cockroaches eat food and other things in the house — like book bindings and hair — and spread many strains of bacteria, including strep and E. coli.

San Diego is the
5th MOST
termite-infested city

According to Terminix, San Diego is the fifth most termite-infested city in the nation. Eighty percent of homes in Southern California are or will be infested with termites, which in some cases can feed on wood for 10-15 years before the damage becomes apparent. Drywood termites are most common in California, and recent infestations of “super termites” — colonies of up to two million insects — began in La Mesa. 

Feral cats adapt to many types of neighborhoods. Yowling, spraying, fleas and the spread of disease make feral cats pests. The main issue with cats, unfortunately, are fleas. Fleas feed on human and pet blood, leaving tiny, itchy bites. They lay eggs on hosts, most commonly furry animals like cats, dogs, squirrels and possums. A flea infestation can happen indoors or outdoors.

San Diego pest control FAQ

Who do you call for dead animal removal?
To request the removal of a dead animal from public property, contact the City of San Diego Environmental Control. Some pest control companies offer residential dead animal removal service.
What types of snakes are in San Diego?
California kingsnakes, coachwhips, gopher snakes and garter snakes are a few common species found in San Diego that are harmless to humans. However, several species of rattlesnake are common in the county and are extremely venomous. More common in East County and mountainous, desert or canyon areas but definitely present in coastal San Diego areas.
Which spiders are most dangerous?
Black Widow spiders live in San Diego and pose a threat to humans. The bite of a female, while rarely fatal, can cause sweating, nausea, high blood pressure and increased body temperature. Other types of spiders don’t pose a threat, but many consider them pests.
Where do cockroaches come from?
Cockroaches looking for warmth, food and water can squeeze into extremely small cracks in a home’s walls, windows or foundation, or crawl into pipes. They can also hitch a ride in lunchboxes, briefcases or packages. A cockroach can lay eggs almost anywhere they find a dark place with adequate food and water. Eggs can travel via clothing, books, bags and packages.
What kind of rodents are common in San Diego?
Roof rats are the most common type of rat in San Diego County. Rats can spread disease, contaminate food and cause structural damage. Residents near canyons and in rural areas typically experience higher instances of rodent infestation.
How can I get a free termite inspection?
Many San Diego exterminators offer free residential termite inspections. Call or check the company website to schedule.
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San Diego Pest & Termite

San Diego Pest & Termite provides treatment plans for termites, ants, spiders and other common pests in homes and businesses. Service plans include a “pest-free guarantee” — technicians will re-treat for free if pests return between scheduled visits.

  • Availability: San Diego and Poway, California
  • Phone number: (858) 521-8876
  • Address: 9580 Black Mountain Road Suite K, San Diego, California 92126
Clark Pest Control San Diego

Clark Pest Control specializes in control and extermination of bed bugs and termites, as well as cockroaches, fleas, mice, pigeons, rats, spiders, ants and common garden pests.

  • Availability: San Diego County
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Phone number: 858-201-7060
  • Address: 6255 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121
Joshua’s Pest Control

Providing general pest control and termite treatments, Joshua’s Pest Control also offers organic solutions like clove and rosemary oils for ants and other insects. The company can install pest control insulation that helps control ants, silverfish and termites.

  • Availability: All of San Diego County and parts of Riverside County
  • Phone number: 858-280-3127
  • Address: 6867 Nancy Ridge Dr, Suite E, San Diego, CA 92121
Corky’s Pest Control

Corky’s Pest Control provides rodent control, termite services and commercial pest control services. Pest services for residents and businesses and specializes in ants, spiders, termites, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs and gophers.

  • Availability: San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino
  • Phone number: 1-800-901-1102
  • Address: 909 Rancheros Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
Dav Termite & Pest Inc

Dav Termite & Pest Control offers termite treatments Timbor and Premise, which does not require move-out before application. Other services include general pest control and treatments for bats and rodents.

  • Availability: San Diego, Chula Vista and surrounding areas
  • Phone number: (619) 829-8901
  • Address: 2005 Highland Ave Unit 1, National City, CA 91950, US
Hi-Tech Termite Control

Hi-Tech Termite uses microwave technology for stay-at-home termite treatment. The company also offers tenting fumigation, rodent control, rodent exclusions and ant treatments.

  • Availability: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
  • Phone number: 833-402-9541
  • Address: 5555 Magnatron Blvd, Ste L, San Diego, CA 92111
Lloyd’s Pest Control

Lloyd Pest Control has been specializing in termite and ant control in Southern California since 1931. They provide a whole range of pest control services and is licensed to remove other wildlife like raccoons and opossums.

  • Availability: San Diego County and surrounding areas
  • Phone number: 1-800-223-2847
  • Address: 935 Sherman St, San Diego, CA 92110
Suncoast Pest Management

Local experts on commercial and residential pest control and management, SunCoast Pest is located in El Cajon and operates throughout San Diego County. The company offers general pest control and licensed for wildlife control.

  • Availability: San Diego and surrounding areas
  • Phone number: 619-486-6327
  • Address: 334 S Travelodge Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020
CalCoast Pest Management

CalCoast Pest Control is a local San Diego company that provides general insect control — including bedbugs — for homes and businesses. They also treat for rodents.

  • Availability: San Diego and surrounding areas
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m
  • Phone number: 619-623-0809
  • Address: 3333 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
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Kathryn Parkman ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, Kathryn Parkman believes everyone deserves easy access to accurate and comprehensive information on products and businesses before they make a purchase, which is why she spends hours researching companies and industries for ConsumerAffairs. She believes conscious consumption is everyone's responsibility and that all content deserves integrity.