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Baltimore is the most bed bug-infested city in the U.S., according to Orkin. Ants and roaches also thrive during Maryland summers, and rodents invade homes in colder months. The Baltimore Sun has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing reviews, services and availability of more than 40 businesses and choosing six favorites from the top pest control companies in Baltimore.

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How to choose a pest control company in Baltimore

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To select a pest control company in Baltimore, look for providers with experience treating the pests you have. Then, check customer reviews, compare price quotes and ask about guarantees. Finally, consider the following factors to differentiate between qualified pest control companies:

  • Licensing and insurance: Baltimore pest control technicians must pass a test and hold a license issued by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. They must then renew their licenses every year. Exterminators are also required to carry general liability insurance, and it’s recommended they have pollution insurance, too. For termite control, companies should have repair work insurance. Ask the technician for a copy of their license and insurance policies before they work on your home.
  • Accreditation: The National Pest Management Association is an industry group that sets quality standards and provides education and guidance for qualifying members. Reputable exterminators strive to meet these standards and belong to the NPMA. Pest control companies that belong to the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program use integrated pest management to reduce risks from pesticides in the environment.
  • Use of Integrated Pest Management: IPM is an approach to pest management that incorporates scientific principles with a logical progression of treatments based on the pest’s biology. IPM starts with the least toxic treatment first. This means removing factors that might attract pests before choosing to apply pesticides and other treatments. Practitioners then monitor and adjust the treatment over time, depending on how a pest responds. IPM is important because it attempts to use less pesticide and encourages changes in human behavior that can exacerbate pest problems.

How much is an exterminator in Baltimore?

Pest control prices in Baltimore depend on the type of pest, the size of the infested area and whether or not you want recurring or one-time treatment:

  • Bed bug infestation: The average cost to treat a bed bug infestation with a single follow-up visit is $200 to $400 per room.
  • Rat infestation: Rodent control typically costs $200 to $500 for a single treatment and follow up. Ongoing rodent control services for Baltimore residences start at about $30 per month.
  • Fly or gnat infestation: Getting rid of a fly or gnat infestation with a one-time treatment costs an average of $300 to $500. For recurring services, expect to pay at least $30 per month.
  • Flea infestation: Fleas are typically recurring pests. Getting rid of them with ongoing treatments starts at $30 per month.

A pest control technician should give you a written estimate when on-site to perform an inspection.

Baltimore pest control FAQ

How does pest control work?

When you call a pest control company, it typically schedules a site visit to determine what pests you have and estimate the cost for your treatment plan. Some pest problems can be fixed with one treatment, but recurring service involves a technician regularly coming to your property to apply pesticides, check traps and perform any needed maintenance.

Do landlords have to pay for bed bug removal in Baltimore?

Landlords are required to disclose known infestations and remove bed bugs before new tenants move in. However, some Baltimore landlords add a clause to their rental agreements that requires tenants to pay for bed bug removal if the infestation happens after they move in. Maryland landlord-tenant law says that, in multifamily units, the landlord is still responsible for bed bug removal unless the infestation is caused by the tenant’s failure to comply with applicable policies. For single-family rentals though, the tenant generally must pay for bed bug removal, unless the landlord knew about the infestation and didn't disclose it before move-in.

Can bed bugs travel through apartment walls?

Bed bugs can crawl through small cracks in apartment walls, but they typically spread through apartment buildings by hitching a ride on clothing, bedding, furniture, luggage or bags.

What can cause an ant infestation?

Leaving food out can cause an ant infestation, especially if you leave out sweets. Ants also look for shelter in particularly hot, dry or wet weather.

How do you know if you have termites?

If you have termites, you might hear a clicking sound in your walls or notice wood-colored droppings that look like salt and pepper around the house. Also, look for sagging drywall, crumbling wood, peeling paint, buckling floors, loose tiles and wood that makes a hollow sound when tapped. Termite damage can resemble tiny tunnels in wooden parts of your home.

Who regulates pest control companies in Maryland?

The Maryland Department of Agriculture regulates pest control companies and issues licenses for technicians.

Baltimore pest control company information

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Ehrlich Pest Control

Ehrlich Pest Control most commonly treats bed bugs, ants and termites. This company can also advise you on eco-friendly methods to control your pest problems, including heat treatment, fumigation, bioremediation, TAP insulation and moisture control. It is GreenPro and QualityPro certified, too. Call for a free home pest inspection. Ehrlich Pest Control’s nearest location is at 158 Lakefront Drive, Hunt Valley, MD 21030.

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Terminix

Terminix is open 24 hours a day, and it provides free inspections. If termites return after treatment and cause damage within 30 days, the company even pays for the repairs. Bed bug treatments are also available, including nontoxic steam and Rapid Freeze options. Terminix has nearby locations in Hanover and in Owings Mills at 10715 Red Run Blvd., Ste. 112, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

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Raven Termite and Pest Control

Raven Termite and Pest Control helps residential, commercial and industrial clients. In addition to standard pest control, the company provides wildlife control for squirrels, skunks, raccoons, birds, bats and groundhogs. It is also a member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. Raven performs monthly, bimonthly, quarterly and one-time treatments, along with termite inspections. Ask a representative about eco-friendly solutions, free pest inspections and discounts for seniors and members of the military. Raven Termite and Pest Control is located at 1335 Canberra Drive, Baltimore MD 21221.

Raven Termite and Pest Control

Rosenbloom Pest Control

Rosenbloom Pest Control serves residential and commercial clients in Baltimore. Same-day or next-day service is available in most cases for help with insects, vermin or wildlife, such as squirrels and raccoons. The company is a member of the NPMA, and it offers a money-back guarantee. Rosenbloom Pest Control is located at 35 Walker Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208.

Rosenbloom Pest Control

Pest Czar

Pest Czar specializes in eco-friendly pest control solutions for residential and commercial customers. Outdoor plans start at $29.99 per month for quarterly recurring service to control common pests like ants, cockroaches, spiders, and rodents. If pests recur between service visits, Pest Czar offers free in-between treatments. Indoor/outdoor service starts at $39.99 per month. Pest Czar is located at 1502 East Joppa Road, Towson, MD 21286.

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Orkin

Orkin provides residential clients in Baltimore with extermination, pest control and termite inspections. Next-day service is available with flexible appointment times. It gives free estimates following the initial consultation, and there is a 30-day money-back guarantee on services. The company is QualityPro accredited and a member of the NPMA. Orkin’s Baltimore location is at 7484 Candlewood Road, Ste. E, Hanover, MD 21076.

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