Remove. Prevent. Restore.
Pest Control Sacramento
Remove. Prevent. Restore.
Pest Control Sacramento
We remove the problem, prevent a reinfestation and restore your home and safety.
Call us for earth-friendly solutions and reliable Pest Control in The Sacramento Metro or the East Bay Areas, our professionally trained team is here to help!
"I trust Ken to do a professional job from start to finish whether Pinnacle is actual doing any work that shows on his Inspection Reports. He is always on time or even early for every appointment I have set with him.
He just begins and does a thorough job, one that is easily explained and pointed out each time.
I am very happy to have made the connection with in this busy Real Estate Market."
"Love Pinnacle Pest Control for both our residence & business needs. Excellent service every time with Jason. Jason always takes the time to contact us the day prior and always makes certain everything is well taken care of. Great job and always a pleasure without any hassles."
"Pinnacle is great. My property has been serviced by Jason now for several years and he's been fantastic. Very professional and a pleasure to work with. He's always been available to help answer any questions and provide everything we've needed. 12/04/18"
Pinnacle is absolutely fantastic! We used to have them at our home in the Sacramento area (they have a branch up there as well) and when we moved to the Bay Area we were super happy that they service the East Bay as well. I can't speak highly enough about Pinnacles customer service, amazing office staff, fantastic on-site technicians who actually CARE about their clients.. This is good old fashioned customer service, the way it sssgrSHOULD be... A+!
I want to thank Jim at pinnacle. We thought we had a powder post beetle problem. We had another termite company tell us that we needed to fumigate our house for $5,000. We called Pinnacle for a second opinion and it turned out we had Milled in beetles that did not need a fumigation. I could not believe it. We were looking for a better price. The other company made a mistake. Thanks again for being honest.
Literally the easiest company to work with! I have used them for 3 years now! Home infested moving in, not a problem after their treatment. I use them for quarterly service now. The staff are so incredibly kind and professional! It comes from the top! From the person receiving the call to schedule the appointment to the technician ... all are amazing and really try to help! Technician will call when 30 min away and spends as much time as needed for a thorough treatment!
The Pinnacle Guarantee
Our guaranteed service means if the pests return, so will we, absolutely free!
Since 1998, Pinnacle has been providing a full range of residential and commercial pest control, termite control, and repair services. Our commitment to the Sacramento area has made us the regional experts on pest control, and we are constantly finding the newest eco friendly ways to remove all types of invaders.
Ants are among the most numerous insects in the world. They are highly social and live in large colonies. There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide, but only a handful of these species are found in our area. The most common ants in our area are Argentine Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Pavement Ants, & Carpenter Ants. Aside from being a nuisance, they have been known to transport several different food-borne illnesses, including salmonella, since they wander across trash looking for food. Carpenter Ants will damage wood as they carve out tunnels for their colonies.
Ants feed on sweets, starches, and even greasy foods. They will typically enter a building when foraging for food and water. As they forage, they release pheromones traveling between their nest and a specific destination so that they and others can follow a scent trail. Scout ants will typically enter your home in search of food. An excellent tip to remember is that if you kill them, wipe down the area. This crucial step will prevent major scent trails from being formed and prevent the scout from reporting back to the colony about any found food.
Although there are about 2,000 known termite species globally, we are concerned with just two species that destroy wood structures in the Sacramento Metro Areas for our area and purposes.
Subterranean termites This termite species lives in underground colonies or moist secluded areas aboveground. These colonies can contain some 60,000 to 250,000 members and feed on the cellulose found in wood or debris found in leaf litter. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and protect themselves from open air.
Drywood termites infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil. This termite species often establishes nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports. These termites remain above ground by living off the water produced from the digestion of the cellulose.
There are over 4,000 different species of cockroaches globally, but in California, there is only a handful of them that we would consider common pests. The German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach are two of the most common in our area. Roaches enter buildings searching for food and water or transported in packaging or even on our garments. Once in your home, they multiply quickly, so you have to be very careful not to offer food and water. Keeping your home clean, free of standing water, food, and even crumbs will help prevent these dirty insects from infesting your home.
While cockroaches do not bite and are not poisonous, they can pick up disease-causing organisms either in their guts or only on their body parts and legs. Later on, the germs are deposited on kitchen surface areas, utensils, and food items. Cockroaches can pick up Salmonella bacteria on their legs and later deposit them on foods, thus causing food poisoning.
There are over 20,000 different species of wasps, but only a few are particularly aggressive. These stinging insects will be either social or solitary. The difference is whether the individual members help build the nests as a collective group or act solely in the nesting and egg-laying. The social wasps will typically cause the most trouble around our homes as the group will defend its territory as a unit causing repeated stings. Some social wasps are predators of other insect pests and provide a significant benefit by killing large numbers of plant-feeding insects and nuisance flies; others are exclusively scavengers.
In terms of classification, Yellow Jackets and Hornets are types of social Wasps. Yellowjackets sting people much more commonly than Hornets and tend to be the most aggressive. Another common wasp that we see in our area is the Paper Wasp. They are much less defensive and rarely sting humans. They tend to be a problem in high traffic areas near windows, doors, or entranceways.
Technically, Spiders are not insects. Both insects and spiders are arthropods, but they fall under different classifications. Insects have a head, thorax, and abdomen, and the thorax has three pairs of legs. They also have eyes, antennae, mouthparts, and exoskeleton. In contrast, Spiders have two main body parts: the cephalothorax and the abdomen. The cephalothorax has the eyes, mouthparts, and four pairs of legs. Therefore, Spiders are classified as arachnids, a class of arthropods that includes scorpions, mites, and ticks.
Spiders are predatory arachnids and will paralyze or kill insects with their venom. They usually live outside and seek protected areas around windows, doors, and eaves. They will, at times, move indoors, especially during the colder months. Although there are thousands of different types of Spiders found worldwide, only a handful of species are common in our area. Common spiders in our area include the black widow spider, brown widow spider, and yellow sac spider.
Wood-boring beetles are significant wood-destroying insects in our area. Powderpost Beetles invade and damage decorative and structural wood and furniture. They generally turn hardwoods with high sap content such as ash, bamboo, cherry, hickory, mahogany, oak, poplar, or walnut into dust as the species' larvae feed on the wood's starches.
These woods have pores into which the adult beetle can lay eggs. The larvae feed on the wood, and once they emerge, winged adults spread to other wood surfaces. We will typically see damage to wood flooring, moldings, window, and door frames. A tell-tale sign of this insect's activity would be an exit hole in wood in furniture, for example, with a thin solid wood shell around a powdery mass interior.
These insects have enzymes in their gut that helps in the digestion of cellulose. If you don't remember biology class, cellulose is the fibrous carbohydrate found in all plants and is the structural component of plant cell walls.
While Silverfish pose no threat to humans, they are considered a pest due to their consumption and destruction of common household articles. Cellulose is the main ingredient in paper, paperboard, wood products, and cotton-based textiles. This means that they will eat glue, book bindings, plaster, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, carpet, clothing, dandruff, tapestries, cotton, linen, and silks.
Earwigs are harmless to humans. They can be responsible for feeding damage on flowers, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants around the home by eating the leaves. These leaves will have a ragged appearance with numerous, small, irregular holes.
Earwigs normally live outdoors and don't establish themselves inside homes or buildings. They tend to scurry around baseboards, walls, and ceilings. When they detect danger, they will characteristically defend themselves by free-falling to the ground and scrambling to a nearby crevice. If they enter the home, they tend to feed on sweet, oily, or greasy foods or houseplants.
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of animals. They are not known to carry or transmit diseases to humans, but their bites can cause skin irritation.
Travel is the most common cause of bed bug infestations. Infestations can follow you on clothing or belongings to any destination. These insects are excellent hitchhikers and are capable of traveling long distances with an unsuspecting host. They commonly travel in luggage, backpacks, and handbags to any destination, including public transportation, health care facilities, hotels, retail stores, and private homes. A visiting friend, family, or even a domestic help worker can unwittingly spread bed bugs.
Fleas are external parasites of mammals and birds. Indoors these pests can be found in the cracks and crevices near where pets frequently visit, including bedding, carpeting, furniture, and rest areas. They may transmit plague and have been linked to murine typhus. Fleas generally prefer cats, dogs, rabbits, or rats, but they will feed on humans.
Fleas can easily infest pets that go outdoors. What isn't so obvious is that they can also enter pet free buildings on people's shoes and clothing. They can jump up about 7 inches from an infested area, so even people can serve as a transportation source. Once inside, Fleas prefer deep, undisturbed places they can hide and lay eggs and begin their life cycle, and they can also survive for weeks and months without a meal.
Mice are herbivores; they prefer to feed on cereal grains but will eat almost any food and food scraps. They require very little water because they obtain most of their water needs from their food. Mice can squeeze into your home through an opening of ¼ inch. The significant health risk associated with the house mouse is salmonella and leptospirosis.
Root Rats can quickly adapt to a wide range of environments, and when living around humankind, they are typically found around warehouses and residential buildings. They are good climbers and build nests above ground, not underground in burrows like Norway Rats. Outdoors, you can find roof rats nesting in trees, shrubs, woodpiles, and dense vegetation.
Rats may chew through walls, damage your home's wiring, displace insulation and leave a mess of fecal and urine-soaked debris. They can cause electrical fires or electrical shorts with their constant gnawing; since rodents' teeth constantly grow, they need to grind them or chew.
Roof rats are also a threat to human health. They contaminate food with their droppings and urine and may carry fleas, parasites, and diseases that can cause serious illness. Roof rats are the principal reservoir of plague throughout the world. Historically, infected fleas have transmitted severe plagues from rats to humans.
Residential Pest Control
Call Us for one time services or ongoing treatments. We will remove the pest problem while offering the best protection for your home and ensuring your family and pets' safety. Should you need continuous service, we will implement a comprehensive strategy for pest removal and long-term prevention. Our technicians are experts in their field, well trained and frequently evaluated on customer satisfaction.
Commercial Pest Control
Keeping pests away from your business is essential for the health and safety of your employees and customers. We will protect your business from insects and rodents, regardless of industry. From a factory to an office building to a warehouse, we can create a customized Pest Control solution. Over the years, we have met the diverse needs of Landlords, Tenants, and Property Managers. Unlike others in our industry, we understand that our job is to make our property management clients look good.
In addition to pest elimination, our primary focus has always been maintaining relationships and making our customers look good while safeguarding their reputation. We do our job with transparency and open communication. While our job is pest control, we are really in the business of maintaining relationships.
- Apartment Buildings
- Commercial Office Space
- Food processing, Prep, & Distribution facilities
- Grocery Stores
- Hotels and Hospitality
- Medical facilities
- Private schools and daycare facilities
Why use Pinnacle for Pest Control in Sacramento?
Homeowners have relied on Pinnacle Pest Control since 1998 for reliable, effective, and convenient pest extermination solutions. We are easy to work with and offer recurring pest control programs that include thorough inspections. We target and eliminate existing infestations, prevent new ones from occurring, and can restore "pest damaged" areas to their original integrity.
Our society's reality is that, for most people, their only concern for nuisance pests happens after an infestation. If pests are out of sight, then they are generally out of mind for the average person. This is why our pest control services are so popular. We help keep nuisance pests out of sight by safely controlling populations in and around your home so you can focus on other things. Our technicians at Pinnacle Pest Control undergo a thorough training program and ongoing educational clinics and seminars. All of our techs are taught how to identify pests, find the areas of a house where pests can enter and harbor, and adequately prepare and distribute treatments. Most of our technicians start as apprentices and shadow experienced personnel, so they also learn proper customer care from the ground up.
Why do you need Pest Control?
In your home, many pests can damage property, and some spread disease. It is true that most pests merely pose a nuisance when they enter our homes and businesses; otherwise, they have important functions in nature because of their activities. Common insects will modify the soil and enrich its productivity. Termites, for example, feed on cellulose within the wood, breaking down dead plants and trees. This returns nutrients to the soil.
But within our homes, this wood-destroying pest can eventually cause severe structural damage and ruin the value of your realestate investment. Our job as pest control specialists is to manage pest activity in and around homes and business structures in the Sacramento Area.
Is ongoing Pest Control necessary?
The severity of your situation and the type of pest involved greatly influences how often you're going to need pest control assistance. If you have a full-on pest infestation in your home, you may need several follow up treatments on a regular schedule to rid your home of infestations and keep these invaders out.
If you are just looking to diminish pest sightings and prevent infestations, you will understand that pest prevention is the best defense against bugs. You can't have an issue if it never gets a chance to start. A well maintained and treated home will keep pest infestations at bay. In this situation, treatments can be scheduled further apart.
Is Pest Control Safe?
We use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest control for health safety and concern for the environment. This is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach that relies on a combination of sound judgment practices such as biological control and habitat manipulation. IPM significantly reduces the risks related to pesticide usage while improving the environment's quality, health, and welfare.
In practice, IPM helps to promote sound structures and healthy plants by advocating for sustainable bio-based pest management alternatives. The general procedure for an IPM approach to residential pest control includes the following steps:
- 1. Identify pests.
- 2. Remove Water, Food, & Harborage Areas
- 3. Eliminate the existing population.
- 4. Deny entry into your home.
A real-life example of this happens every day on pest inspections when we notice wood mulch near a building foundation. To prevent subterranean termite issues, we advise that mulch does not touch the building. We will recommend keeping wood mulch at least 12 inches from foundations. We also advise our customers to consider using gravel in the space between flowerbeds and exterior walls.
When are Nuisance Pests The Most Active?
The environment largely determines nuisance pest activity. The annual seasons are the biggest factor in the numbers and types of pests that may invade your home or business. Pest activity is dependent on the weather or, more precisely, the temperature, moisture (rainfalls), and food available.
Once active, pests are attracted to food. They are opportunistic and will start with whatever is easy to get. They do not adhere to arbitrary borders drawn on maps or care about human concepts such as real estate value. They are drawn to a given area by the available food supply and environmental factors such as water supply, safe harborage, and mating patterns.
When Do you need Pest Control? …The most common Times
When do most people realize they have a pest issue? The answer is obvious, "when they see pests in their homes!" Unfortunately, infestations can go undetected for months or even years, but pest populations will blossom when conditions are right. The most common pest complaints in Sacramento will depend on the season.
If you look to do your own pest control and take a proactive approach, you should know when you will likely see trouble. The typical times most homeowners hire an exterminator is as predictable as the seasons and will give you an indication of what to expect. We will outline the most common pests that will trigger pest assistance inquiries in the Sacramento area.
When Do Termites Swarm in the Sacramento Area?
For this pest, our annual busy season typically starts in late March or April with calls for control. These insects are active all year round, but in the spring, mature subterranean termite colonies produce "swarmers". These are the winged adults that fly away to form their own colonies. While the exact timing will depend on temperature and moisture conditions (usually after rains with warming temperatures), hundreds to thousands of these swarmers' appearance is enough to spike the appointment numbers for inspections and treatments.
After the initial spike, the calls will continue until early June. Unfortunately, another species of this bug, the "Drywood Termite," swarms from June to September. This sets off another round of appointment inquires. However, these species that live in smaller colonies are harder to detect and result in far fewer complaints.
When Does Pest Control Season Start in Sacramento?
As we move into the heat of summer, the general pest control season begins for our technicians. Infestations will vary by pest type and species each month until about mid-fall.
As temperatures rise, all pest activity will increase. So, the phone lines light up, and distressed inquires come in for ants, roaches, beetles, wasps, spiders, silverfish, and more. Most of these pests are quite active all summer, but we notice a spike in wasp and stinging pest activity in August.
What is remarkable is the call volume for our pest extermination will match up with our seasonal climate changes. For example, the spike for general pest control is in mid-July and the hottest days of the year are typically in mid-July. Read the excerpt below from Weather Spark, and you will notice the pest activity matches the climate in our area.
For the Sacramento area, "The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 94°F and low of 61°F."
When is Rodent Control Season in Sacramento?
Moving into fall, we come to our Rodent Control Season. What is really amazing is how well this "Rodent Season's" dates match our area's cold season precisely. It starts off in November with a spike at the end of December, and it levels off by the end of February. According to Weatherspark, "The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 21 to February 18, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 39°F and high of 53°F."
Mice and rats are also active all year round, but they seek to move inside manmade structures in colder months. In fact, the rodents we have in our area, the roof rats and mice, are referred to as "commensal rodents" because of their intimate relationships with humans.
Who is the best rodent control company in Sacramento?
We will let our many customers decide that, but we will say that at Pinnacle Pest Control, we believe in our solutions so much we offer a 2 year guarantee. We are experts in the control of roof rats. With careful inspections, we can determine potential harborages. We offer a free rat control survey and review that will include entry points and sources of food and water. Upon completion of this survey, we will suggest control procedures and preventative measures.
Our carefully planned and executed rat control solution is designed to:
- Remove Rats
- Preventing Future Infestations
- Sanitizing and Restoring Attic Space, Crawl Spaces, Garages, etc
- Repair of Damaged Wiring, Structural Wood, Insulation, Roofing, Fascia, or Soffit areas.
- Layout a Procedure to Control the Rat Population Around your Home or Business
Our Control Process includes the following steps that far beyond what many of our competitors will offer
Step 1 – Trapping and Removal of Rats
Step 2 – Sealing All Possible Entry Points (Exclusion)
Step 3 – Attic Restoration & Decontamination
Step 4 – Population Control
How much does pest control cost?
We want to give our customers the best value for their money so we do our best to educate them on the type of service performed, the expected outcome, and what they will find in the marketplace. The price of any pest control agreement varies widely based on location, construction methods and materials, the building's size, and finally, the type and severity of the infestation.
Finding prices or price ranges online isn't that hard but what is left out is the specifics of what work will be done, what products are used, the effectiveness, health and safety concerns, and the guarantees offered.
The cost of pest control is varied because we consider your home, pest issue, and the surrounding environment. To give one generic price is not practical for every type of resource offered. Some treatments can be quoted with a simple phone call; others will need an inspection of your premises to assess the situation and arrive at a sound customized solution to remove the issue and achieve long-lasting results.
Is Professional Pest Control Worth the Cost?
An experienced Pest Control Technician will know the optimal place to treat and how often to keep treating to give you the best chance of permanently exterminating a pest infestation.
Unless you are a seasoned contractor with plenty of free time to educate yourself on pest control, you will not approach the experience and flexibility of a pest control professional. If this sounds like too much work to you, then you will probably want to hire a professional that offers guarantees and no-cost return visits until the issue is gone.
DIY techniques are worthwhile for preventive measures. Proper hygiene and natural alternatives can go a long way in preventing infestations. After all, the best way to deal with an infestation is to avoid one entirely in the first place.
But for active infestations, we see "do it yourself attempts" go bad every day. Even for something as simple as spraying a wasp's nest, we see novice mistakes that will lead to failure. For example, people will often spay nests incorrectly and force stinging pests deeper into a structure or merely agitate them and force them through a different opening. Typically, we get a call the next day and face a more difficult nest removal. The point here is that our training and experience will save you time and money in the end.