The best pest control services in Canberra

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Quality One Pest Control, one of Canberra’s most recommended pest control services. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

As inhabitants of the Bush Capital, we Canberrans are used to bugs and creepy crawlies venturing from nearby nature reserves into our residential areas and homes. With over 30 termite species, European wasps, venomous spiders and ants active all year round in Canberra, it’s a common problem we have to deal with. Unchecked infestations can cause serious problems down the line – so it’s probably time to contact a pest control service as soon as bugs appear.

Pest control services can help you maintain a pest-free environment in your home or business. They use pesticides, sprays and other pest management methods to keep creepy crawlies away, and are equipped to provide you with effective, long-term solutions that a can of bug spray cannot. But how can you choose from among Canberra’s many available services to find the best one for you?

In this article we’ll take a look at the traits great pest control services have in common, and where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great pest control service?

For long-lasting pest control with minimal impact on your family, schedule and wellbeing, we recommend choosing a pest control service with the following traits:

  • Experience. A great pest control service is an experienced one – and has worked in pest control for many years.
  • Qualifications. Check that your pest control service has completed study units in the Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Pest Management – Technical). In Canberra, pest control services aren’t licensed by the ACT Government, but they must be qualified to obtain an Environmental Authorisation from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). When it comes to termites, qualified pest control services must comply with Australian Standard 3660 and the Guidelines for Termite Control in the ACT.
  • Fully insured. A professional pest control service in Canberra should have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance. These insurance policies protect the customer in the event of negligence or property damage.
  • Environmentally friendly. Responsible Canberra pest control services use chemicals approved by the ACT Government. They also know how to handle and dispose of Schedule 7 chemicals.
  • Customer service focus. A good pest control service listens to the customer and provides regular updates, especially when the job involves more than one visit (e.g. termite treatment). It’s not unusual for homeowners to become upset when a termite infestation is discovered. A great pest control service is empathetic, yet professional in their dealings.

The best pest control services in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

ACT Pest Control

ACT Pest Control, are licensed specialists in pest and termite control. With a large range of equipment, they can treat any property including households, restaurants and government buildings, all with the added convenience of using environmentally friendly products.

Using their 7-in-1 general treatment deal, ACT Pest Control ensure that the seven most common pests in your house will be eliminated without harming your family or pets.

ACT Pest Control

As Hairul Lutfi wrote on Google, “My wife and I had the pleasure to deal with Carl from ACT Pest Control. The service we received was very professional. We required assistance on short notice and Carl and his team was able to work with our required time frame. Will not hesitate to recommend the service of Carl and the rest of the team at ACT Pest Control."

A1 Professional Pest Control

Established in 2007, A1 Professional Pest Control makes pest-free living possible. Services include termite inspections and treatments, pest control, rodent control, bird control, wasp treatments and bee removal.

A1 Professional Pest Control listens carefully to customers to understand the problem at hand. Pest removal experts then control pests the first time, saving clients stress and money. The team has more than 20 years of collective experience and provides thorough, punctual, responsive and professional service.

Fully licenced and insured, A1 Professional Pest Control is a 100 per cent Canberra family business servicing residential and commercial premises in the ACT and surrounding regions. Commercial clients include hotels, restaurants, cafes, factories, offices and food production.

A1 Professional Pest Control only uses products that don’t harm humans or pets.

On Google, Dee Breust wrote, “I’ve used this company for several years. They’re professional, respectful, courteous, on time and offer excellent value-for-money. Using their service annually means my house is pest free.”

Quality One Pest Control

Family owned and operated, Quality One Pest Control has been operating in Canberra for over 40 years. Services include general pest control treatment, specialised insect treatment, termite treatment and bird proofing.

Quality One Pest Control is a leader in residential and commercial sites, ensuring all jobs last. Quality matters to experienced and trained team members, who have a client-centred approach. Always professional, the team is proactive in recommending the best way forward.

They pride themselves on using chemicals that are people, pet and environmentally friendly. Quality One Pest Control handles one-off inspections, regular inspections, pre- and post-construction pest control, as well as schools and childcare pest control.

General pests include spiders, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, and earwigs. Specialised insects include wasps and bees, cockroaches, ants, rodents, possums and bedbugs. Bird proofing is tailored to the problem at hand. Termite inspections and treatments include locating and eradicating nests.

Quality One Pest Control ensures fast response. Free quotes, a six-month warranty and a price beat guarantee are offered.

Craig Seaton wrote on Riotact, "We had Michael from Quality One Pest Control visit last week to treat our unwanted ants. Great service, relevant advice and a really good bloke."

Canberra Pest Control

Your pests gone, guaranteed!

Canberra Pest Control has been 100% Canberra Owned & Operated for over 50 Years. We employ Canberra people and we focus solely on protecting Canberra families, homes and businesses from unwanted pests. Our mission is simple: be the Pest Controller of choice in Canberra!

We Guarantee all our work. When we treat your home or business, we guarantee your problem pest will be eradicated. If the problem re-occurs within your warranty period we will re-treat the original treatment site free of charge.

We exterminate ten pests in one treatment when we spray your home for spiders.

At no extra cost to you, we also treat cockroaches, silverfish, earwigs, slaters, millipedes, clothes moths, pantry moths, paper wasps & mud wasps – 100% free.

Lisa Healy wrote on Riotact, "Canberra Pest Control we have been using them for years, always great customer service on the phone and in person. They call each year as a reminder to get it redone."

Armageddon Pest Control

With a strong dedication to honesty, quality and reliability, this family-run business has been providing Canberra homes and businesses with a safe and effective method of controlling and preventing pests for over 20 years. They specialise in the elimination of spiders, cockroaches, termites, silverfish, rodents and wasps, and are experienced in using environmentally friendly products that are safe for both humans and pets.

Google reviewer Robyn Colless writes, “Responded quickly to my urgent job. Efficient, polite and professional and sorted the problem quickly. Definitely, recommend Richard.”

If your home is in need of some care at the moment, check out our article on the best cleaning companies in canberra for some helpful information. Or, if you’re looking to tidy up the backyard now that you’re rid of the pests, our article on the best gardening services in Canberra may help.

Your experience with pest control services in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the pest control companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have a pest and termite inspection?

You should have an inspection on a yearly basis. Termites in particular do considerable damage to building structures when left unchecked, and these problems can usually be avoided or minimised with a yearly inspection.

What pests can a pest control service get rid of?

Pest control services remove unwanted creatures such as cockroaches, rodents, ants, bedbugs, and termites from homes, buildings, and surrounding areas. They can also inspect buildings for signs of pests and provide regular, preventative treatments against pests.

Are there different types of pest control?

Absolutely, and the type a pest control service uses depends on the issue at hand. Methods include trapping, fumigation, poison, sterilisation, and pesticides to control, deter, or kill nuisance pests.

Are there environmentally friendly pesticides?

There are obvious concerns about the risks of exposing yourself to pesticides. Luckily, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives available to pest control services. Rather than using chemicals to control pests, pest control services can also use scents, oils and tastes to create safe and natural deterrents for the pests. If the problem does demand chemicals, however, the pest control service should know how to properly handle and dispose of those materials.

When are pests most active?

In Canberra, the most common and problematic pests - cockroaches, spiders, ants, fleas and wasps - are most active during the warmer months. Termites, however, are active all year round.

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Juliana Dias Symonds9:36 pm 26 Oct 21

We used QUALITY ONE PEST CONTROL today and we are very happy with the whole service. Michael was able to book us very quickly, he was very respectful with our property and finished the job on time. Price is very competitive too. I would definitely recommend it and use this company again! Thank you Michael!

Carol Miller10:45 pm 11 Apr 21

Australian Pest Control -Peter Toet. He has been around since Adam was a boy, can give you the life history on every bug in existence as soon as he sees them. His knowledge base is incredible, he uses natural products. Can deal with vermin. Has excellent customer service skills and is a great guy. I highly recommend him.

Michele Angelo Monterosso10:05 pm 08 Jan 21

Quality One Pest Control- Michael
Bird nesting issues in my roof (Indian Myna Birds)- I found Michael and decided to give him a call. Mind you, this was during the stand down period after Christmas. Michael called me back within the hour, I was very happy about that!
Michael came to my house in the next few days to suss the problem out and straight away had found the issue. Also, one of the most well known pest control companies in Canberra had put it down to rats instead of birds, they’d been back numerous times and had played it down. I won’t name the business as a matter of respect.
The bird nest was inside the roof/gutter over my baby daughters bedroom which was very disruptive.
Michael was straight on the job. It was a difficult job as I live in a three story townhouse, so access to the roof was difficult.
Michael had tried a couple of things and was checking up with progress every few days.
Michael was extremely approachable, a very friendly and easy going guy. He was also very respectful of my house/property.
The rates were really cheap compared to other businesses! And after about a year of the annoying birds nesting, they’ve gotten the hint and they’re finally gone!
My wife and I are so grateful for Michael’s persistence and professionalism! I will be using him for future pest issues/proofing no matter what. I will recommend Michael to anyone and everyone. I will never go with another company again as long as Michael and Quality One Pest Control are around!
Extremely happy customers.

Having invited three pest control technicians to give us their termite treatment plan, and eventually decided to invite the A1 Pest Control Canberra to do the job. We were really impressive of the technician Scott’s decent manner, dedicated attitude, he was very knowledgeable and efficient to do the termidor barrier via the concrete drilling. We were also amazed by his strong work ethics and patience. We were happy with making a smart decision to employ A1 Pest Control Canberra, would strongly recommend you to have a go with them.

Act PestControl4:04 pm 16 Dec 20

Good Afternoon Joeetee, We pride ourselves by delivering high-quality reports. I have tried to find you as a client by using your user name with no luck. We always keep our photos of subfloor and roof voids for six months so please get in contact with us as we can provide them.
A visual termite inspection is only a visual as per the code AS 3660-2 2017. I want to take the chance to say not all termite treatments are the same. I hope you are comparing apples with apples as I asked earlier. please call 1300022122 or email us on, and we can help to shed some light on the matter.

Disappointingly I engaged ACT Pest Control to do a termite inspection based on this article, and what we got was a report that looked like it was generic because it stated areas had been inspected which definately hadn’t (no roof void was inspected, no trees checked out) and an expensive quote for installing physical barriers against termites.
Will not be using them again, or recommending them to anyone

Strongly recommend the A1 Pest Control.

subz-designs9:39 pm 20 Nov 19

Highly recommend Carl from ACT Pest Control.

1300 022 122

contentrichlife2:42 pm 09 Nov 19

A1 Pest Control Canberra is my bet as they are a Canberra company that has grown to win one of the 3 best pest companies in Canberra. Been with them for years and not changing anytime soon!

Adams Pest Management 0499235340, turned up when he said he would, was friendly, professional did a thorough job and charged us half the price we were quoted by one of the other pest companies for our termite barrier. Would most definitely recommend him

Armageddon is the way to go. Prompt, reliable, reasonable price and thorough.

I would recommend John at Bugalugs Pest Control – 0427 400 147. Small family business and very focussed on customers

MrNurseRatchet7:14 pm 23 Apr 10

Just used Armageddon Pest Control–very happy with their service and their prices were quite reasonable compared to Canberra Pest Control.

froggie_16824:34 pm 05 Sep 09

I use Royal Pest Control. He is local, family owned & doesn’t cost much. I found him in the yellow pages.

Dr maks pest control owner operator good advise prompt reliable

dr mak’s pest control

Office_Shredder12:18 am 05 Sep 09

Another recommendation for Canberra Pest Control here. Been using them for years. Always on time, courteous and efficient. They send reminders too when the next treatment is due which is great for me because I’m hopelessly disorganised 🙂

Flick were bought out by a larger national company a while back I think. I go with Canberra Pest Control. They are good value.

Bravo Wang said :

(The little sign is made out of the top of a milk carton and he is wearing peanut shells for shoes.)

HAHAHAHAHA I love it, they would make a little click as he walks.

What a choice name ‘Armageddon Pest control’. I’d use them just because of the name. I have the imagery in my head of a giant astroid smashing down on a cockroach civilisation and a religious, crazy, hobo cockroach with a sign over his body warning about the end of the word, and screaming out I told you so!! (The little sign is made out of the top of a milk carton and he is wearing peanut shells for shoes.)

Growling Ferret3:12 pm 04 Sep 09

I’ll second Canberra Pest Control – used them before and will get them back out in the near future.

Agreed with deezagood and steveu – Barry @ Armageddon Pest Control is the way to go.

Agreed with deezagood, I can vouch for Barry as well…hes a nice fellas a passionite about his work 🙂

Armaggedon Pest control; Phone 02 6231 2677. Not only do they have a very cool name, they got rid of our termites and are really nice and reliable. Husband and wife team, local = good!

I’ve used Flick – got great service and good advice – same inspector over a few years – built a very good relationship

I have used Canberra Pest Control before and they were great. Turned up when they were supposed to, were local, affordable – and best of all, my wife was happy.

Here are their details:

Canberra Pest Control

1/189 Flemington Rd
Mitchell ACT 2911
(02) 6242 7779

smashingfoxy9:17 am 04 Sep 09

Amalgamated Pest Control offer a 12 month warranty on their services. Not sure about prices, it’d be worth giving them a ring.

I have been using for a few years an old bloke by the name of Bernie, his number is 0412562054. he owns the business so he does the job right. The name of his company is Top kill of Canberra.

GardeningGirl8:47 am 04 Sep 09

Ironically the one I’ve heard the best comment about is also the one I’ve heard the worst comment about from a different person.
What pest?

barking toad8:30 am 04 Sep 09

Why not let your fingers do the walking!

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