TruGreen Pest Control Review

By Kristin Mcclure

The House Method team researches, reviews, and recommends a number of services, including pest control providers. Affiliate disclosure.

Though TruGreen is best known for its lawn services and is America’s #1 lawn company, it actually started as a pest control company in the 1970s.* This company provides science-based solutions tailored to meet your specific needs, whether that be lawn care or pest control.

When selecting the best pest control provider, a crucial step is to read reviews and ratings online. Below, House Method has done the work for you. We offer our TruGreen review for pest control services and explain why you might consider them for your home.

Data and ratings accurate as of March 2019

TruGreen Pest Control Services

Best Lawn Care and Pest Control Combo

  • If you’d like professional lawn care plus pest control services to maximize the well-being of your yard, TruGreen is an expert in both areas.
  • TruGreen Mosquito Defense is trusted by more than 2 million people. It works within 24 hours of employing an innovative formula and targeted application technique.
  • Packages are available for grubs, fire ants, fleas, ticks, and indoor pest prevention
  • TruGreen is available in 47 states (excludes Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont).
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TruGreen pest control plans

TruGreen’s goal is to inspire their customers to live life outside and truly enjoy their outdoors spaces. This is reflected in how they approach their pest control services. Through several plan offerings, they focus on the insects that prevent you from wanting to play on the grass, grill dinner outdoors, or let your pets run free.

TruGreen Mosquito Defense

This pest control company specializes in mosquito control, offering a package called Mosquito Defense. TruGreen starts with an initial application and sends someone to your property every month to maintain your mosquito protection through mosquito season, for a total of six applications. The applications are targeted to areas where mosquitoes currently live or could live.

A specialist will let you known 24 hours before the application to make sure you know when to expect their arrival. You can also download the TruGreen app to see a precise arrival time.

What’s great about Mosquito Defensive is that there’s less of a reason to apply bug spray before spending time outdoors. We also like how the application works within 24 hours. You can schedule your appointment the day before a backyard party or weekend outdoors, and you, your family, and your guests can relax knowing they won’t have to be on guard for mosquitoes.

Lastly, TruGreen promises a Mosquito-Free Guarantee®⟡, meaning they’ll perform a free service any time you see biting mosquitoes between treatments.

TruShield℠ Tick and Flea Control Plan

Also known as TruShield℠ Lawn Pest Control, this is a general pest control plan that comparable to Mosquito Defense, but promises to treat your lawn for chiggers, earwigs, fleas, ticks, ants, and spiders. The applications are designed to eliminate active pests, prevent successive generations, and stop others from migrating to your yard.

TruGreen starts with an initial application and sends a specialist to your property throughout the year to maintain protection year-round. TruGreen will call within 24 hours before application to make sure you know when to expect a professional to arrive.

What we like about this plan is the basic protection it provides for your family and pets. When your property is free of these common pests, you’ll feel safer knowing that you’re less vulnerable to potentially dangerous bites and stings.

Grub Prevention & Control Services

Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles and eat grass roots and other organic matter—ruining your lawn. Through their grub control plan, TruGreen offers preemptive applications to proactively protect your property.

First, a TruGreen specialist will monitor your yard for adult beetle activity, or they may notice damage during a Healthy Lawn Analysis✦. Then, they’ll apply an application in the spring or early summer, just before egg-hatching season. All you have to do is water your lawn so that it sinks into the root systems.

Fire Ant Control Services

Up to 2% of children have severe allergic reactions to fire ant stings. To keep these dangerous pests from building mounds in your yard, TruGreen offers fire ant control services. A specialist will visit your home to determine the most effective application option:

  • A broadcast application spreads a granular bait product over your full yard. It lasts for up to one year and is safe for your family and pets.
  • A mound treatment applies a granulated bait near the visible mounds.

With either treatment, the ants take the bait back to their mounds and are unable to establish new mounds in your yard.

Home Pest Control

Available in select cities, TruGreen’s home pest control services prevent cockroaches, ants, spiders, and rodents from invading your home. First, they take care of any indoor pests, then move outdoors to stop more from coming in.

TruGreen gets rid of these pests:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Grubs
  • Chiggers
  • Earwigs
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Ants
  • Fire Ants
  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents
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How TruGreen pest control compares

Company National Availability Free Inspections Our Review
TruGreen Not available in AK, HI, or VT Included in plan Read Our Review
Ehrlich Available only in CT, DE, FL, GA, ME, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and DC Yes Read Our Review
Massey Services Available only in FL, GA, LA, TX ,SC, NC, and OK Yes Read Our Review
Orkin Not available in AK, ND, SD, or WY No Read Our Review
Rentokil Available in all 50 states Yes Read Our Review
Terminix Available in all 50 states Yes Read Our Review
Western Pest Available only in CT, NJ, NY, PA, and DE Yes Read Our Review

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TruGreen pest control prices

Mosquito Defense starts at $79.95, per application, and there are six application a year. First-time customers can get their first Mosquito Defense application at the discounted price of $39.95.★★

TruGreen does not list all of its prices online, but encourages customers to reach out for a quote. That way, the price is customized to your property and requested services. Also, TruGreen is a franchise, so the pricing may vary based on your location.

Pricing for general pest services depends on the following criteria:

  1. Lawn size—Knowing the total square footage of your lawn will help TruGreen tailor your quote. Don’t worry if you don’t know the exact size. Your representative will still be able to help.
  2. Lawn concerns—Are you worried about weeds? Bare spots? Disease? All of the above? Be prepared to discuss any concerns you have about your lawn.
  3. Lawn usage—Do you have kids or pets? Are you on your lawn all the time or are you never outside? Your representative will want to know how you use your lawn.
  4. Lawn pests—Have you seen any signs of lawn-damaging pests? Fire ants? Mosquitoes? Your representative will be able to help you find the best plan or service to help.
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House Method’s TruGreen review

House Method recommends TruGreen because they can rid your home of pests from the inside out, allowing to take advantage of every part of your home. They have a variety of pest control plans that complement their lawn care services, so you can work with just one provider.

Other TruGreen perks includes:

  • All of TruGreen’s services are backed with promises like the Mosquito-Free Guarantee and Healthy Lawn Guarantee.®◆
  • All products used are safe and applied according to federal, state, and local regulations. TruGreen doesn’t approve products that are skin sensitizers or may produce allergic reactions. Read more about TruGreen’s product statement online.
  • Specialists are TruExpert® certified, meaning they’ve undergone rigorous PhD-developed training annual recertification. That way, you can be confident that the specialist will apply every service correctly and at the right time.
  • TruGreen has branches across the US, so specialists are local and understand the region’s pests and how to best get rid of them.

TruGreen BBB rating

TruGreen has been Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited since 2012 and has an A+ rating, proving themselves as a trustworthy pest control company.

Additional TruGreen reviews

Consumer Affairs has given TruGreen 4 out of 5 stars based on 1,710 customer reviews in the last year. TruGreen has been particularly responsive to both good and bad reviews, which is notable. Its excellent customer service is mentioned again and again in the reviews.

Though most Consumer Affairs TruGreen reviews are about their lawn care offerings, there are a few reviews that address the mosquito treatment package:

Our backyard is landscape and made for outdoor entertaining but with the start of spring we started to have issues with mosquitos. We tried sprays, candles, and bracelets but nothing really worked consistently. I saw a TruGreen advertisement on the Internet and decided to try TruGreen with a coupon offered. The office rep that took my info was cordial and very helpful. The sales rep that came and sprayed gave info re: the process and what to do if more assistance is needed.”

“The mosquito treatment was successful as there were fewer flying pests outside. I have not had any conversations with your personnel lately. If I needed any information I feel confident your specialist will give me good information. Your office personnel should be noted for their services. [They are] customer friendly [and] knowledgeable of schedule/or treatment. I continue to dislike having property treatments during inclement weather.”

Other customer reviews include:**

“My yard was a mess after the Harvey flood. I knew I didn’t have the knowledge to overcome the wide variety of weeds. TruGreen seemed the best option after weighing costs of fertilizers, weed control, and bug control applications. By year end 2018, my yard was in excellent condition. I’m using TruGreen from now on. The technicians are friendly and patient as I walk around pointing out areas that are troublesome to me. I couldn’t be happier!”

“I have been a customer of yours since 1980. In that time, I have had the best service and the best looking lawn in my neighborhood-I have been told many times. Thank you for all your good work.”

With their positive reviews and ratings, long-standing history in pest control, various plans, and supplementary lawn care services, TruGreen pest control can be an effective way to get rid of pests in your yard.

Get a free price estimate online for pest controls services tailored to your lawn.

TruGreen’s history and years in business

TruGreen has been around for about 45 years. Founded in 1947, ServiceMaster was the original parent company. TruGreen was a private company by 1974 and operated under the name ChemLawn. In 2016, it joined with Scotts LawnService and is now owned by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

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*America’s #1 lawn care company based on U.S. market share of professional lawn care companies. 2016 NorthStar Partners U.S. Share Tracker ** Customer review sources include TruGreen and Trustpilot. ⟡ Guarantee applies to full plan customers only. ✦ Purchase of full lawn plan required for Healthy Lawn Analysis, which is performed at the first visit. ★★ Requires purchase of full mosquito plan. Special price of $39.95 is for first mosquito application only, for new EasyPay or PrePay residential customers only, and applies to properties up to 1 acre. For properties more than 1 acre, please call for estimate. Valid at participating TruGreen locations. Availability of services may vary by geography. Not to be combined with or used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Additional restrictions may apply. Consumer responsible for all sales tax.

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