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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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California

Turner Pest Control

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 387-1790
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Unipest

Newhall, CA

(661) 284-7575
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Vanish Integrative Pest Inc

San Jose, CA

(408) 224-7378
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Ventura Pest Control

Ventura, CA

(805) 644-6228
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Vertex Enterprises

Santa Clarita, CA

(661) 775-7773
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Vester Pest Control

Solana Beach, CA

(800) 243-5993
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Vineyard Valley Pest Control

Temecula, CA

(951) 676-6760
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W A Stone Termite & Pest

Escondido, CA

(760) 743-2847
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West Valley Mosquito & Vector

Ontario, CA

(909) 635-0307
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Wow Pest Control

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 418-7378
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Zap Termite & Pest Control

Lathrop, CA

(877) 781-1940
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Colorado

Beeline Pest Control

Denver, CO

(720) 204-1494
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Black Widow Exterminators

Centennial, CO

(303) 797-8640
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Creature Control of Colorado

Fort Collins, CO

(844) 744-3284
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Elite Animal Control

Aurora, CO

(720) 288-5518
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Enviropest

Windsor, CO

(970) 484-0345
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Envirotech Pest Solutions

Centennial, CO

(303) 933-4644
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Envirotech Services Inc

Greeley, CO

(800) 369-3878
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Greeley Spray Service

Fort Collins, CO

(970) 352-8825
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Industrial Fumigant Co

Aurora, CO

(303) 366-1091
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IPM of Northern Colorado

Fort Collins, CO

(970) 980-6307
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Mountain Pest Control

Grand Junction, CO

(970) 245-7711
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Moxie Pest Control Denver

Sheridan, CO

(720) 428-2056
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Mug-A-Bug Pest & Termite Control

Colorado Springs, CO

(719) 591-0337
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Pest Solutions Plus

Greenwood Village, CO

(720) 583-0158
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Presto-X Pest Control

Denver, CO

(303) 831-6688
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RegWest Company

Greeley, CO

(970) 353-0611
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Vigil Pest Management LLC

Fort Collins, CO

(970) 219-8616
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Connecticut

Aavon Pest Control

Stamford, CT

(203) 329-2600
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Bliss Exterminator Co

Vernon, CT

(860) 649-9240
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Braman Termite & Pest

Westport, CT

(203) 341-8628
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Envirocare

Cheshire, CT

(203) 272-1735
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Richland Pest & Bee Control

Manchester, CT

(860) 649-7911
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Shake Away

Hamden, CT

(203) 230-9207
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Termicare Pest Control

Torrington, CT

(860) 482-3887
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Tim's Pest Control

Norwalk, CT

(203) 722-5142
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Yale Termite & Pest

Hartford, CT

(860) 527-2338
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Delaware

Total Pest Solutions

Newark, DE

(302) 836-5445
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Florida

A Animal Control Management

Daytona Beach, FL

(904) 824-2285
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AAA Plus Exterminating

Orlando, FL

(407) 982-4987
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ABC Pest Control

Tampa, FL

(813) 643-1414
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Adam's Pest Control

Port St Lucie, FL

(772) 878-3002
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All Boca Pest Management

Boynton Beach, FL

(561) 488-8067
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All Florida Pest Control & Fertilization

Hollywood, FL

(954) 378-2325
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American Allegiance Pest Control

Fort Myers, FL

(239) 985-9202
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American Pest Services Inc

Tampa, FL

(813) 870-3847
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Ameritech Pest Control Services

Cape Coral, FL

(239) 205-7748
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Andre Pest Control

Hollywood, FL

(954) 322-0394
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Anti-Pesto Bug Killers Inc

Largo, FL

(727) 524-6333
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Arrow Environmental Services

Clearwater, FL

(727) 449-0065
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Best Miami Pest Control Service

Miami, FL

(305) 547-8869
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Binghams Professional Pest Management

Saint Petersburg, FL

(727) 323-8866
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Bio Tech Termite & Pest

Lakeland, FL

(863) 858-8995
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Brandon Pest Control

Orange Park, FL

(904) 272-1920
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Bug Evictors

Jacksonville, FL

(904) 783-2425
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Bugging Out Termite & Pest

Largo, FL

(727) 535-2629
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Bugs Patrol

Cape Coral, FL

(239) 600-9287
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Bugs Terminator Hulett-Pest & Termite Control

Fort Pierce, FL

(561) 287-4504
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Bugslayer Worldwide LLC

Clearwater, FL

(727) 556-0000
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Carson Pest Control

Dunedin, FL

(727) 734-8688
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Chet's Termite & Pest Management

Tampa, FL

(813) 935-7554
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Combat Termite Specialist

Melbourne, FL

(321) 634-5491
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Control Pest Management

Lake Monroe, FL

(407) 321-4529
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Country Boy Pest Control

Auburndale, FL

(863) 293-7331
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Creepy Critters Pest Control Services

Biscayne Park, FL

(786) 553-8028
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Drake Termite & Pest Control

Winter Park, FL

(407) 532-3006
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Eco Bee Removal

Deland, FL

(888) 200-9020
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Eco-Wise Pest Services

Tampa, FL

(727) 823-8081
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Ecor Industries

Melbourne, FL

(321) 254-0923
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Ehrlich

Tampa, FL

(877) 329-1769
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Elite Termite and Pest Services

Ormond Beach, FL

(386) 256-6880
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Evict-A-Bug Termite & Pest Control

Port Saint Lucie, FL

(772) 323-7921
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Florida Pest Control

Daytona Beach, FL

(386) 673-0405
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Green Palm Pest Control

Boynton Beach, FL

(561) 755-7378
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Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control

Tampa, FL

(813) 684-7336
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Hannan Environmental Services

Port St Lucie, FL

(772) 344-2847
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Hoffer Pest Solutions

Coral Springs, FL

(954) 753-1222
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Hugh Turner Pest Control

Oakland Park, FL

(954) 564-0037
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Hughes Exterminators

Tampa, FL

(813) 884-1555
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Imperial Pest Prevention

Daytona Beach, FL

(386) 956-9506
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Integrated Plant Management

Boca Raton, FL

(561) 368-1860
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J V Buggs Inc

Cape Coral, FL

(239) 541-9797
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JDA Trappers and Bee Removal

Boca Raton, FL

(561) 445-1914
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Just Termites Pest and Termite Control

Pompano Beach, FL

(954) 784-9700
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Lewis Cobb Pest Control

Orlando, FL

(407) 629-6941
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Life Cycle Pest Control

Weston, FL

(954) 385-2888
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Manning Brothers Pest Control

Oakland Park, FL

(754) 800-1173
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Massey Greenup Landscape Services

Winter Haven, FL

(863) 299-1131
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MD Termite and Pest Control

Brooksville, FL

(352) 848-1005
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Mosquitoes & More

Orlando, FL

(407) 381-8448
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Nader's Pest Raiders

Jacksonville, FL

(904) 423-2200
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Native Pest Management

West Palm Beach, FL

(561) 328-8290
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NativeGreen Pest Control & Fertilization

Stuart, FL

(888) 926-5076
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Nozzle Nolen

West Palm Beach, FL

(561) 945-8509
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O'Hara Pest Control

West Palm Beach, FL

(561) 655-9011
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One Two Tree Inc

Miami, FL

(305) 267-1426
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P & E Pest Control Inc

Boca Raton, FL

(561) 994-9277
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Partners Pest Control

Coral Springs, FL

(954) 341-0628
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Pelican Pest Prevention

Lakeland, FL

(863) 644-9900
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Pest Eliminators

Port Charlotte, FL

(941) 766-0902
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PestLoco

Tallahassee, FL

(850) 765-7581
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Power Exterminators Inc

Miami, FL

(305) 255-7077
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Professional Pestguard Exterminating Services Inc

Weston, FL

(954) 389-6107
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Safari Pest Control

Tampa, FL

(813) 703-4673
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Slug-A-Bug

Melbourne, FL

(321) 259-7844
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Southwind Pest & Termite

Tallahassee, FL

(850) 692-2628
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Spencer Pest Control

Melbourne, FL

(321) 242-2203
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St Petersburg Termite & Pest

Pinellas Park, FL

(727) 525-8894
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Swat Exterminating

Clearwater, FL

(727) 447-6833
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Swat Mosquito Systems

Miramar, FL

(954) 437-1815
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Tempco Pest Control

Fort Myers, FL

(239) 693-2330
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Termite Doctor

Miami, FL

(877) 261-4017
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Tonys Pest Control

Cape Coral, FL

(239) 574-2847
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Total Property Control

West Palm Beach, FL

(561) 248-4546
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Tri-County Pest Control

Orlando, FL

(407) 426-8121
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Turf Tech Lawn Spraying Inc

Jacksonville, FL

(904) 641-1000
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Vulcan Pest Control

West Palm Beach, FL

(561) 791-2400
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We Kill Pest Control Services Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines, FL

(954) 800-0483
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Willie The Bee Man

Miami, FL

(305) 933-2337
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Xact Natural

Lauderhill, FL

(954) 587-5612
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Your Xterminators

Palm Coast, FL

(386) 446-3503
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Georgia

Alpharetta Exterminating

Alpharetta, GA

(770) 475-9786
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Arrow Exterminators Commercial Services

Macon, GA

(478) 746-6291
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Barnes Exterminating Co

Macon, GA

(478) 743-9990
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Breda Pest Management

Athens, GA

(770) 466-6700
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Bug-Off Exterminators

Woodstock, GA

(770) 928-8000
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Clean Pest Control With Orkin Pest & Termite Control

Fort Oglethorpe, GA

(706) 256-0622
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Economic Exterminators

Savannah, GA

(912) 355-4066
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Ehrlich termite control

Columbus, GA

(470) 289-7736
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Enviro Guard

Ringgold, GA

(423) 266-0340
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GW Exterminating Company Inc

Columbus, GA

(706) 653-7400
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Hornes Pest Control

Martinez, GA

(706) 863-5354
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Ideal Pest Control

Savannah, GA

(912) 266-8438
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Jarrod's Pest Control

Columbus, GA

(706) 221-8998
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Knox Pest Control

Columbus, GA

(706) 660-1577
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Lawn Doctor of Savannah

Savannah, GA

(912) 966-1123
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McCall Service

Albany, GA

(229) 255-3883
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National Exterminating Company

Macon, GA

(478) 741-9690
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Pacific Pest Solutions

Atlanta, GA

(678) 553-4521
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Peach State Pest Control

Valdosta, GA

(229) 247-1425
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Pest Mall

Duluth, GA

(800) 788-4142
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Prevention Pest Control and Termite Treatment

Roswell, GA

(770) 645-5561
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Rapid Pest Control

Atlanta, GA

(470) 588-8212
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Stinger Pest Solutions

Roswell, GA

(770) 464-5557
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SWAT Services

Marietta, GA

(770) 565-7928
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Hawaii

Able Pest Management LLC

Honolulu, HI

(808) 953-2253
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Kamaaina Termite & Pest Control

Honolulu, HI

(808) 591-9997
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Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions

Pearl City, HI

(808) 456-7716
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Idaho

Barrier Pest Control

Nampa, ID

(208) 463-4533
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Crazy Frog Pest Control

Boise, ID

(208) 649-4887
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