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Today there is an environmental awareness that did not exist even a decade ago. After the problems with DDT, the public is understandably wary of the indiscriminate use of chemicals. Several of the chemicals widely used today in pest control, such as organophosphates, are thought to have the potential to cause serious environmental damage.

One of these, chlorpyrifos, has reportedly posed a severe risk to 97% of America’s most threatened flora and fauna. Yet this chemical is routinely used to eradicate termites and mosquitoes.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization reported of five insecticides that are probably linked to cancer in humans. With increasing evidence that these chemicals may damage the environment and adversely affect people’s health, it is little wonder that organic alternatives for pest control are growing in popularity.


Terminology

The various terms used by different companies involved in organic pest control do not always mean the same thing and can be confusing.

Genuine organic pesticides are controlled by the EPA’s National Organic Program. They are made of natural substances that kill pests and remain virtually unchanged when used. However, the term ‘organic pesticides’ can also refer to any naturally occurring substance such as certain oils, spices, vegetables and similar items. The latter tend to be preventative rather than being able to eradicate problems.

Adding to the confusion are products that contain pyrethrum. This is derived from the dried flower heads of members of the daisy family, such as Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium. Although the manufacturing process means the final result is synthetic, it is commonly sold both as natural and organic. The name of the natural plant extract and the synthetic products are often used interchangeably.

‘Natural pest control’ typically refers to using other organisms, such as ladybirds and nematodes, to kill pests. These are popularly employed in gardens and horticulture.

The phrase ‘Eco-friendly pest control’ is sometimes used indiscriminately for anything that allegedly does not harm the environment. It can refer to true organic items or to synthetic chemicals with a supposedly low impact on the surrounding ecology.

These and similar terms occur in advertising and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to check the true nature of the product. For this article, the term ‘organic pest control’ is used throughout.


Types

Several organic methods can be used to protect a home from pests. For example, sniffer dogs are an organic means of finding bedbugs. The following are the most common types of organic pest control:

  • Mechanical: including traps designed to kill pests or catch the offending creature for later release. Other types of mechanical pest control involve UV lights which attract insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, which are then electrocuted.
  • Natural substances: including pyrethrum, nicotine, diatomaceous earth, spices and many others. It should be noted that anything that kills pests, even if it’s organic, is toxic to a certain extent. It needs to be to kill the pest.
  • Environmental: the benefit of organic substances over chemical ones is that the level of toxicity is much lower, with minimal impact on the environment. In this case, lower toxicity is used with reference to humans. Fish and other pets can be affected by some organic treatments, so always check before use.
  • Physical: extreme heat and cold, as well as steam, are highly effective against bedbugs, cockroaches, and other insects.

Does organic pest control work?

Many organic pest controls work well, although some take longer to work than their chemicals counterparts. A few need to be reapplied frequently, which can make them more expensive to use in the long run. Many householders believe the health of their family, protecting the environment, and, in certain cases, the lack of smell associated with using chemicals are well worth the extra time or cost.

By their very nature, not all organic solutions are as thoroughly tested as their chemical equivalents. Many traditional remedies have little or no scientific backing and rely on anecdotal stories to sell.

Ultrasonic devices are an example of a popular gadget for repelling mosquitoes though it has minimal scientific backing.

Citronella oil has been shown to have some value as a mosquito repellent but citronella in candles is reported to be of little benefit. It is worth noting that citronella oil is banned in the EU as an insect repellent, although it can still be sold as a perfume. However, the US EPA considers there to be minimal or no toxicity risk when used on the skin for repelling insects.


A good choice

Each year roughly 136 million pounds of pesticides are used in American homes and gardens. More than three times as much pesticide is used by homeowners than farmers. This can lead to surface water pollution and unacceptable risks to the environment and wildlife. As far back as 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 90% of Americans had traces of as many as 43 pesticides in their bodies.

Organic pest control provides an alternative to traditional chemical-based remedies. Many are excellent and proven ways to control unwanted visitors in the home. But not everything claiming to be organic is what it says. It is up to the individual householder to check the facts before using any product in their home.

Organic Pest Control Companies by State
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Alabama

Anderson Pest Control Co

Hoover, AL

(205) 823-0138
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Angel Pest Control

Prattville, AL

(334) 365-4394
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Bad Bugs Pest Control

Birmingham, AL

(205) 623-4628
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Bama Exterminating Co

Northport, AL

(205) 344-9311
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Bug Getters LLC

Phenix City, AL

(334) 560-5325
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Bugmaster

Mobile, AL

(251) 666-4402
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Cook's Pest Control

Tuscaloosa, AL

(205) 345-2576
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Horizons Professional Pest Control Birmingham AL

Birmingham, AL

(205) 970-0577
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Kellys Pest Control Inc

Saraland, AL

(251) 675-4236
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Mr Bugg's Pest Patrol

Pelham, AL

(205) 900-4441
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Stark Exterminators

Birmingham, AL

(205) 941-9882
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Trutech Pest & Animal Control

Huntsville, AL

(256) 883-0048
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Vulcan Pest Control Inc

Pelham, AL

(205) 663-4200
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Vulcan Termite

Pelham, AL

(205) 469-7119
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Alaska

Alaska Trapping Co

Fairbanks, AK

(907) 374-6674
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Eagle Pest Control & Tree Service

Anchorage, AK

(907) 441-1234
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Arizona

All Out Pest Control

Glendale, AZ

(623) 915-1814
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Arizona Exterminating Co

Phoenix, AZ

(480) 969-7383
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Bee Logic Termite & Pest Control

Peoria, AZ

(480) 299-7624
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Bills Pest Termite Control

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 308-4510
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Bircher Exterminating

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 861-9800
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Blue Sky Pest Control

Gilbert, AZ

(480) 635-8492
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Bug & Weed Mart Mesa

Mesa, AZ

(480) 497-0535
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Burns Pest Elimination

Mesa, AZ

(480) 813-1818
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Essential Pest Control

Tucson, AZ

(520) 886-3029
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Green Mango Pest

Gilbert, AZ

(480) 717-8174
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Green Ninja Pest Control

Mesa, AZ

(480) 497-4183
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HTS Bees

Tucson, AZ

(520) 609-4350
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Insectek Pest Solutions

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 795-7850
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Invader Pest Management

Glendale, AZ

(623) 435-0228
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Jitterbug Pest Solutions

Surprise, AZ

(623) 544-6226
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Moxie Pest Control Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

(480) 400-2847
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Nature Zone Pest Control

Scottsdale, AZ

(602) 476-1088
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PestR Us Exterminating

Tempe, AZ

(480) 598-9898
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Sexton Pest Control

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 942-3653
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Simply Green Pest Control

Chandler, AZ

(480) 550-9220
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TruForce

Chandler, AZ

(480) 845-0444
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University Termite & Pest Control

Tucson, AZ

(520) 886-4146
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Varsity Termite and Pest Control

Mesa, AZ

(602) 757-8252
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Watts Pest Prevention

Chandler, AZ

(480) 447-4855
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Arkansas

Bug Man Inc

Little Rock, AR

(479) 880-0024
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Central Termite and Pest Control

Little Rock, AR

(501) 868-3837
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Elite Pest & Termite Control

Fort Smith, AR

(479) 226-3212
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Lawn America

Springdale, AR

(479) 419-5885
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Legacy Termite & Pest Control

Little Rock, AR

(501) 225-1453
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Midwest Pest Control

Springdale, AR

(479) 616-1414
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Tri Hill Pest Control

Fort Smith, AR

(479) 782-2847
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California

007 Pest Control

Elk Grove, CA

(916) 247-5819
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A All Animal Control of San Diego

San Diego, CA

(619) 434-0202
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A Best Pest & Termite Inc

Huntington Beach, CA

(866) 946-8284
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A Step Above Pest Control

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 734-2704
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Aantex Pest Control

Brentwood, CA

(925) 240-5100
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Acr Pest Control

Modesto, CA

(209) 667-0139
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Advanced Integrated Pest Management

Concord, CA

(800) 655-3993
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Agriserve Pest Control Inc

Ontario, CA

(909) 947-0548
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Agurto Corporation Pestec

San Francisco, CA

(415) 333-2847
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All Track Exterminators

Pasadena, CA

(626) 657-8787
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AmeriGuard Pest Defense

Hemet, CA

(951) 652-0505
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Antex Exterminating

Riverside, CA

(951) 207-5339
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Antimite

Oceanside, CA

(760) 630-2100
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Apex Bait Technologies Inc

Santa Clara, CA

(408) 969-0088
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Banks Pest Control Inc

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 323-7858
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Benefical Insectary

Redding, CA

(530) 226-6300
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Best Pest Control of Tustin

Tustin, CA

(714) 400-2356
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Bez Valley Pest Control

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 613-2011
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Bite Away Termite and Pest Control

Escondido, CA

(760) 233-2120
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Black Knight Termite & Pest Control Inc

Temecula, CA

(951) 694-8100
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Bon Pest Control's

Los Angeles, CA

(310) 391-1697
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Bug Guys Pest Control

Cathedral City, CA

(760) 660-1888
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Bug Stop Services Inc

Torrance, CA

(310) 327-2847
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Bulls Eye Pest Control

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

(909) 466-9100
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Burge Pest Control

Alameda, CA

(888) 292-7378
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Cal Coast Termite and Pest

Long Beach, CA

(562) 426-3566
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Centurion Pest Control

San Diego, CA

(858) 538-5400
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Class Termite & Pest Control

Torrance, CA

(310) 328-7781
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Community Pest Control Inc

Pasadena, CA

(800) 556-6284
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Corky's Pest Control

Santa Ana, CA

(714) 549-9525
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Crazylegs Pest Control

San Francisco, CA

(628) 222-4287
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CSI Exterminators

Fresno, CA

(559) 294-1779
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CVA Exterminators

Santa Clarita, CA

(661) 253-3070
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Dallas General Pest & Termite

Valencia, CA

(661) 287-3254
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DG Cedar Oil

Fullerton, CA

(714) 729-4290
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Dustin Pest Control

Fresno, CA

(559) 275-2253
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Earth Guard Pest Control

Sacramento, CA

(877) 328-4468
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Eastern Termite & Pest Control

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 373-9992
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EcoGuard Pest Management

Folsom, CA

(916) 817-2847
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Ecola Termite And Pest Control Services

Orcutt, CA

(805) 706-8644
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Element Pest Control Inc

Rialto, CA

(714) 873-8484
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Eradicate Pest Elimination Company

Torrance, CA

(310) 222-1010
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Escalera Pest Control

Santa Barbara, CA

(805) 964-4651
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Everguard Exterminators

Chino, CA

(323) 244-9935
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G C Termite Control

Chula Vista, CA

(619) 421-2101
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Golden Eagle Pest Control

Sacramento, CA

(916) 743-1033
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Golden West Termite & Pest Control

Fresno, CA

(559) 251-6500
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Gopher Trapping Pros San Mateo

East Palo Alto, CA

(650) 384-6864
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Greenleaf Organic Pest Management

North Hollywood, CA

(818) 752-9989
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Griffin Pest Management

Santa Ana, CA

(888) 400-9011
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Hearts Pest Management

San Diego, CA

(800) 986-1006
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Integrity Pest Elimination

Murrieta, CA

(888) 696-4808
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IPM BOTANICALS/Green Pest Control Services!

Redondo Beach, CA

(866) 277-8459
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ISCA Technologies

Riverside, CA

(951) 686-5005
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ISOTECH Pest Management

Baldwin Park, CA

(909) 594-8939
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Jeff's Pest Control Inc

Redding, CA

(530) 247-1802
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Joshua's Pest Control

San Diego, CA

(858) 547-9900
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Kellogg Pest Control

Fresno, CA

(559) 403-3218
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Khaleds Alive Bee Removal Service

Oakland, CA

(510) 388-9112
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Killian Pest Control

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 391-0699
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Killroy Pest Control

Campbell, CA

(888) 545-5769
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Kilter Termite & Pest Control

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 272-2025
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LA Bugs Pest & Termite Control Inc

Los Angeles, CA

(877) 752-2847
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Leonardo's Pest Control

Long Beach, CA

(562) 215-8002
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Lloyd Pest & Termite Control

Anaheim, CA

(619) 668-1864
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Mobleys Custom Design

Pleasanton, CA

(925) 462-9900
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Mosquito and Vector Management

Summerland, CA

(805) 969-5050
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Murrieta Pest

Murrieta, CA

(951) 813-2694
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Natural Science Exterminating

Garden Grove, CA

(714) 892-3335
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Nature-Rite Pest Management

Huntington Beach, CA

(714) 969-4590
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New Systems Exterminating

Culver City, CA

(310) 822-1805
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Newport Exterminating

Irvine, CA

(949) 261-0700
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No Bugs Organic Pest Control

Valencia, CA

(661) 294-0206
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North American Home Services

Sacramento, CA

(800) 732-2847
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Omega Termite & Pest Control

Oakland, CA

(800) 257-3636
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Orange Coast Pest Control

Corona, CA

(951) 520-1155
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Osborn Spray Service

Danville, CA

(925) 837-4140
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Oxley Pest Control

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 325-2687
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Payne Pest Management

San Diego, CA

(858) 368-9846
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Pest Brothers Inc

Ventura, CA

(805) 758-9214
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Pestgon Inc

Oceanside, CA

(760) 724-8100
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Pestmaster Services

Lancaster, CA

(661) 723-7525
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Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District

Roseville, CA

(916) 380-5444
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Planet Orange

Concord, CA

(925) 954-4440
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Precision Pest Solutions

El Cajon, CA

(619) 592-9708
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Private Pest Control Exterminators

Temecula, CA

(951) 676-6812
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Pro Pacific Bee & Pest Control

Orange, CA

(714) 546-4301
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Pro Pacific Pest Control

Anaheim, CA

(714) 602-5039
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ProCraft Structural Pest Control

Upland, CA

(909) 949-0585
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Prolific Pest Control

Pasadena, CA

(626) 765-7631
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Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

Ventura, CA

(805) 643-5407
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Sacramento County Mosquito

Elk Grove, CA

(916) 685-1022
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Sam Villarreal Termite Inspector

Carson, CA

(310) 938-2166
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Scout Pest Management

San Diego, CA

(760) 933-4097
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Seashore Pest Control

Huntington Beach, CA

(714) 842-8003
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Strike Pest Control

Clovis, CA

(559) 683-7770
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Tanler Termite & Pest Control

Inglewood, CA

(310) 673-7378
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TAPS Termite & Pest Specialists

San Jose, CA

(408) 259-5900
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Termite Terry Pest Control

Costa Mesa, CA

(949) 631-7348
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Thermal Kleen

Pomona, CA

(909) 954-4858
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Traffic Pest Solutions

Castaic, CA

(661) 645-6855
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Treebark Termite and Pest Control

Buena Park, CA

(714) 406-4909
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Trinity Termite & Pest Control

Redding, CA

(530) 222-6990
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