Rentokil Pest Control Review (2022)
As one of the top pest control companies globally, Rentokil offers several different services for the removal and elimination of pests. This detailed review assembled by the At Home Pros team includes all the information to make an informed decision about whether or not Rentokil is the right pest control company for your personal pest needs.
Rentokil is a global leader in pest control, with branches around the world. They also have close to 100 years of experience as a pest control enterprise. Rentokil states that it offers both the widest range of pest control solutions, as well as the most advanced, including new inroads into digital pest control.
Rentokil has aggressively expanded over the last decade by acquiring other pest control companies in different markets. They then subsume these companies under the Rentokil banner while keeping their original names. These companies include Ehrlich, Western Exterminator and Presto-X, among others. By acquiring these companies, Rentokil can guarantee coverage in more parts of the country and offer more rigorous training to their pest care professionals. However, the connection between these companies can lead to some confusion about services, service areas and plans.
In both 2017 and 2018, Rentokil was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Additionally, in 2018, Rentokil was also awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation in recognition of Rentokil’s digital innovation in pest control technology. Then, in 2020, Rentokil was once again awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for its technology, Lumnia, the world’s first commercially produced range of insect light traps designed to use LED lighting instead of traditional fluorescent tubes. The switch from fluorescent to LED reduces energy usage up to 70%.
Rentokil is one of the leading pest control companies around the world — and with that comes many upsides, but also some disadvantages. Here are both the strengths and weaknesses that At Home Pros finds about using Rentokil’s services:
Pros: Rentokil has operations in more than 80 countries, employing over 19,000 qualified and certified service technicians. With 95 years of experience serving communities around the world, Rentokil clearly does many things right. We found that Rentokil has one of the most comprehensive pest control plans, which includes the treatment of difficult-to-control insects like bed bugs, ticks, and mosquitos, insects that are typically priced differently.
Cons: While global franchises servicing more than a million customers and employing thousands of technicians can be an asset, sometimes being that big of a company can also mean that some franchises and teams don’t perform as well as others. While lack of consistency may not be that large of a problem in other industries, no one wants their termite or bed bug control to be subpar. Furthermore, because they have so many franchises under different regional extermination companies, their treatment options can be confusing and may vary widely.
Rentokil offers free termite inspection and they can control nearly 40 common household pests.
Rentokil and its partner companies have comprehensive programs that work to eliminate any current infestations you may have as well as work on prevention and protection against any future issues. Rentokil treats the following pests:
Check with your local Rentokil franchise to see if they control wildlife as well. If so, they will often cover control for snakes, birds, and rodents.
No matter what service you need, Rentokil’s mission is to provide you with the best customer service experience. This doesn’t just mean having friendly technicians; it means providing you with such great pest control that you don’t need them to return for any reason. They pride themselves on their mission of protecting people by providing public health and environmentally-friendly, sustainable solutions to pest control. Their comprehensive service plans are designed to deliver on their mission to both their residential and commercial customers.
Rentokil’s unique annual service plan is called Pestfree365 and guarantees protection from 36 of the most typical household pests. It’s a preventive program that is specialized for all seasons and your particular location. Pestfree 365 includes regularly scheduled pest management and inspections, including checking for termites and bed bugs. Should you come across any pests in your home between your regularly scheduled times, unlimited extra service calls are included in the plan.
Rentokil uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, meaning they believe that the most comprehensive long-term strategy for keeping your home pest-free is to both prevent and protect your home through the use of monitoring and exclusion practices. The utilization of IPM results in effective and eco-friendly resolutions to protect you, your family, and your home against the risk of infestations.
Rentokil typically utilizes three types of methods for their residential pest control services: physical, chemical, and mechanical.
Physical: By changing a few things around the perimeter of your home — such as making sure there are no piles of wood or branches touching the side of your home, or pointing out any cracks or crevices in the siding or foundation of your home that need to be sealed — Rentokil can reduce the possibility of pest entry into your home. Additionally, Rentokil technicians may point out leaks in pipes, or the need to dehumidify a room to make the inside of your home less appealing to certain pests.
Chemical: Rentokil uses eco-friendly pesticides and poisons when possible to minimize their environmental impact.
The costs associated with pest control can vary widely due to various factors, including:
Rentokil’s Pestfree365 program consists of an initial fee, plus a discounted fee for each monthly service thereafter.
Rentokil’s basic plan for a 2,000-square-foot home will cost somewhere between $600 and $1,200 for an annual plan. Many Rentokil locations offer discounts for signing up at certain times of the year or referral discounts for each person you refer to their services.
With locations in 46 states, and high marks for customer service, well-executed service, and reliability, At Home Pros recommends Rentokil for general pest control services. We appreciate their free termite inspection offers and their ability to control nearly 40 common household pests. Hiring any pest control company always gives you better peace of mind than doing it yourself; Rentokil’s effective service plans like Pestfree365 and their satisfaction guarantee meet the At Home Pros rigorous standards for pest control.