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The Best Exterminators in Marin County CA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Pest control companies in Marin County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those that have exceeded the minimum California regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency, value, and results, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for pest control in Marin County CA, including roaches, mice, ants, rodents, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, mosquitos, rats, bee removal, bird control, structural pest control and termites, live trapping of nuisance animals and more.


Updated January 16, 2018

 The TOP 10 Exterminators & Pest Control Companies in Marin County CA

ATCO Pest Control
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(415) 898-2282
275 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Ste A
Novato, CA 94949
State License #4745
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau NPMA (National Pest Management Association) PCOC  (Pest Control Operators of California) Ecowise Certified Chamber of Commerce-Novato

Areas Served: Marin County incl. Novato CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Almonte, Bel Marin Keys,...
Services: pest control incl. insects, wildlife, birds, termites and termite damage repair. ...
Key Brands: EcoSmart Technologies

The Best Exterminators in Marin County CA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire 

The state of California requires that pest control companies in Marin County CA have a state license from the Department of Pesticide Regulation for any pest control done outside, and a state license from the Structural Pest Control Board for any pest control done inside buildings. Pest control companies doing both must have both licenses. Additionally, companies doing termite control usually perform repairs of termite damage as well for which they also need a state contractor's license.

But even the state license for nuisance animal control or for pest control services are no guarantee that any particular pest control company in Marin County CA is doing business honestly, achieving lasting results, providing real value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all companies for pest control in Marin County CA who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction with their pest control services, verified state license, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

Pest Control Services in Marin County CA Perform Numerous Services
Exterminators don't just get rid of bugs such as cockroaches, spiders and termites. They can also eradicate a number of annoying and potentially harmful vermin such as mice, rats and pigeons and other problem birds. In many cases, pest infestations pose certain health risks, so the total removal of the pest population is essential. Since most consumer-rated pest control products are not guaranteed to wipe out whole nests (and consumers aren't trained in proper application), pest control companies and exterminators are vital to pest problem remediation.

Some pest control services specialize in urban wildlife control, live trapping in Marin County and nuisance animal relocation services for that problem critter. Control of nuisance animals can include raccoon removal, possum removal, skunk removal, and the control and removal of squirrels, gophers and woodchucks. Other pest control companies provide mole trapping and removal, bat control and bee removal involving bee nest relocation. Some of these companies also offer dead animal removal, animal damage repair and animal exclusion services to prevent unwanted wildlife from returning to your home or property. The various forms of treatment include moisture barriers, bird barriers, bat exclusions, sump pumps, electro-guns, microwaves, foams, heat treatments, and perimeter treatments. But if you're looking for more humane and environmentally friendly forms of pest abatement, several exterminators share your concerns.

Many pest control services are certified to service industrial, commercial, residential or food service environments with insect problems or moles and squirrels. They'll employ various forms of rodent control, including rodent seal out, rodent cleanup, rodent infestation proofing, rat control, mice control, baiting and trapping, and dead animal removal for commercial clients.

Good exterminators and pest control services often have an entomologist on staff and such expertise enables them to completely eradicate just about any creepy-crawly infestation you've been overrun with, including silverfish, fleas, ticks, moths, bees, cockroaches, spiders, ticks, wasps, crickets, drywood termites, earwigs, subterranean termites, pillbugs, carpet beetles, bed bugs, Argentine ants, carpenter ants, carpet beetles, sowbugs, and various pantry pests. Pest control experts can also eliminate or relocate bats, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, foxes, pigeons, snakes, and even scorpions.

Some pest control companies are licensed for pest control for outdoor vegetation. Plant life is vulnerable to pestilence such as bugs and rodents, and these pest control companies can manage folivorous parasites and pests with tree spraying, sudden oak death treatment, rose and ornamental spraying, poison oak control, tree injections, and deep root feedings. Additionally, some pest control companies offer more than pest eradication, such as escrow services, underfloor work, structural damage repairs, and wood control. Several pest control companies also offer 24 hour service, same day service, regular maintenance, and single application treatments. 

IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in Marin County
Some pest control services in Marin County promote their expertise in IPM or Integrated Pest Management. IPM is intended as an environmentally sensitive approach to pest control that seeks to reduce the use of pesticides by looking for ways to take advantage of the life cycles of the pest species and their interaction with the environment.  IPM places an emphasis on prevention methods first to avoid the threshold where treatment becomes necessary. But once pest eradication is required, methods that use changes to the environment, mechnical control such as trapping or weeding, or non-pesticide chemicals such as pheromones are preferred over pesticides.  Only if further evaluation shows these methods are not sufficient is targeted spraying of pesticides used. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is considered a last resort.

Bee Removal in Marin County
Some pest control companies specialize in bee removal. Bees are technically not a pest species, but rather a beneficial insect that pollinates flowers and agricultural crops and they almost never sting except in defense against someone disturbing or attacking the bees nest directly. However, you may not want a bee nest in your yard. These bee removal companies are experts in removing bees by relocating them rather than killing them unnecessarily. This is different than exterminating wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets which are aggressive and likely to sting, unlike bees.


Some Exterminators and Pest Control Companies in Marin County Are Far Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these exterminators in Marin County: ATCO Pest Control, Marin Termite Control, Earl's Pest Control, Rich Pest Control, Western Exterminator Company, Jerry Schneider Pest Control, The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control, Inc.. Other companies for pest control in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: .




Questions To Ask Exterminators in Marin County CA 

When it comes to hiring for pest control in Marin County CA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the companies you're considering hiring:

• How long have they been in business? If they are a franchise, how long has that local owner specifically been in the industry as opposed to the national franchise?

• How long have they been doing pest control in Marin County CA specifically? (Different regions have their own unique soil conditions, weather and moisture issues that will effect pest control methods. Their length of experience doing pest control in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many jobs do they do each month that are similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, outside versus inside pests, specific pest species to be removed such as termites versus ants, or bird control versus bee removal, etc.?

• Can the pest control company give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of extermination or relocation done who you can call as references? (All pest control services bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• What method and products will they use and what are the advantages and disadvantages of their methods compared to that of other pest control services?

• How long should it take the pest control services to eradicate the infestation, and will complete insect control or rodent control require any return visits?

• In the event that the initial pest control fails, are repeat treatments free?

• Do they provide a warranty for their services?

• Will you need to leave your home pest control procedures, or avoid use of outdoor areas that have been treated and for how long?

• Will their initial estimate be detailed and in writing, and is there a written guarantee?

• Can the company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All pest control companies in Marin County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All pest control companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


When you've chosen the best pest control service in Marin County CA for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the state for either outside or inside pest control. (All pest control companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)



Exterminators in Marin County Apply Many Brands 

The chemicals used by professional pest control companies in Marin County are much more effective (and in some cases, more volatile) than what laymen have access to. The best exterminators use reputable, EPA approved products to perform exterminating treatments. Many of the top pest control companies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA are able to provide services such as ultrasonic pest control, electronic pest control, organic pest control and natural pest control that use fewer or no chemicals or harmful insecticides that could endanger your family or pets.

The following is a partial list of the professional-grade compound brands used by local San Rafael CA area extermination and pest control companies: Sentricon, Pest Defense System, EcoPCU, Steri-Fab, PI Contact Insecticide, Precor, Ultracide, Whitmire, EcoEXEMPT, Viper, Petcor, Nixalite, Woodpecker, Terro, Pantry Patrol, Maxforce, Pro Control, Advantage, and Drax.



Resources About Exterminators & Pest Control in Marin County 

Associations & Licensing for Pest Control Services and Exterminators
BBB Better Business Bureau (
CAPCA California Association of Pest Control Advisers (
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
DPR Department of Pesticide Regulation (
Diamond Certified
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (
GC Green California (
NPMA National Pest Management Association (
PCOC Pest Control Operators of California (
SPCB Structural Pest Control Board (

Exterminators and Insect Control Companies Web & Media Resources
California Agriculture Magazine
Pest Control Technology Magazine
Pest Control Magazine
Probe Magazine

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Pest Control in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94976, 94912, 94914, 94938, 94930, 94971, 94941, 94948, 94903, 94946, 94942, 94977, 94904, 94974, 94949, 94964, 94966, 94925, 94963, 94901, 94920, 94945, 94965, 94915, 94939, 94978, 94960, 94913, 94940, 94970, 94933, 94947, 94973, 94937, 94924, 94957, 94950, 94956, 94979 and 94929




Pest Control Novato CA

ATCO Pest Control Novato CA 94948
Atco Termite Control & Home Novato CA 94949
Bay Counties Termite Control Novato CA 94947
Hinkley & Gordon Novato CA 94949
Homeguard Inc Novato CA 94949
Jerry Schneider Pest Control Novato CA 94945
Morris Structural Pest Control Novato CA 94945
R-Bees Pest Control Novato CA 94949
Redwood Structural Termite Co Novato CA 94947
Western Exterminator Co Novato CA 94949


Pest Control San Rafael CA

Earl's Pest Control San Rafael CA 94901
Hitman Lawn & Plant Care Service San Rafael CA 94903
Hitmen Termite & Pest Control San Rafael CA 94903
Marin Termite Control Co San Rafael CA 94901
Select Pest Control San Rafael CA 94915
Sonoma Valley Pest Control Inc San Rafael CA 94912
Terminix San Rafael CA 94901  







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Questions To Ask Exterminators in Marin County CA

When it comes to hiring for pest control in Marin County CA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the companies you're considering hiring. more »



Exterminators in Marin County Apply Many Brands

For the health and safety of your family and the other life in and around your home, always be mindful of the products used by your Marin County pest control expert. Some brands of chemical treatments are more effective or more environmentally friendly than others, so ask your Marin County pest control technicians which products they endorse before they treat your insect or rodent problems. The following is a list of some of the higher-quality brands used by Marin County exterminators to treat pest problems in and around Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA. more »



Resources About Exterminators & Pest Control in Marin County

The following are media & publications, industry associations, and regulatory bodies related to pest control in Marin County.more »