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Residential Pest Control

A suburban single-family house with a lawn and some neat ornamental plantings.

One of the problems with living in Paradise is that humans aren't the only creatures who like it here. A wide variety of insects, arachnids, rodents, and other pests also share our love for California. That's perfectly okay with most of us as long as the pests stay outdoors. The problem arises when the pests want to move into our homes.

Once pests get into a home, they have to be controlled using methods that are tough on pests, but easy on people. The health and safety of the people living in the home must always be the pest control professional's number one concern. Many homeowners agonize over this because although they don't want to live with rodents and bugs in their homes, neither do they want to poison their own living areas.

Fortunately, at Bust-A-Bug Pest Management, we have always favored an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to residential pest control that minimizes the use of pesticides. Our technicians can custom-design a pest control plan for your home that is guaranteed to be tough on pests, but easy on your family and our environment.


Common Household Pests

A man spraying for bugs on the outside of a home in Brentwood, California.

Bust-A-Bug is a full-service pest management company. We provide control of most common household pests on either an "as-needed" or ongoing, preventative basis. We approach all of our work with the goal of achieving the greatest amount of control using the smallest amounts of the safest pesticides that will do the job.

The pests on this page are only some of the more common ones in Brentwood and throughout the Bay Area. There are also many others that we can help you with. Please contact us for more information about pests not mentioned here, or about any pest control issue or problem.


If there's anything that most people can agree about, it's that cockroaches do not belong in people's homes. These filthy insects are known to carry a wide variety of diseases including Salmonella, E. coli, and several parasitic worm species. They're also a common allergen and can bring on asthma attacks.

For more information about cockroaches and their control, please click here.

Bed Bugs

For many years, bed bugs were considered to have been eradicated in the United States. They were so rarely encountered that when the "Bed Bug Renaissance" began in the late 1990's, most exterminators in America had never even seen a bed bug, much less treated a bed bug problem.

Alas, those days are over. Bed bugs are back, and they're making up for lost time. Fortunately, you don't need to lose any sleep over it. Please click here to learn more about our professional bed bug control services.


We have many species of spiders in the Bay Area and throughout California, most of which are harmless and actually beneficial. But there are three species that can inflict painful, potentially serious bites: Black widow spiders, wolf spiders, and yellow sac spiders.

Properly identifying spiders is the first step to deciding whether and how to treat them. Please click here to learn more about California's venomous spiders.


There are many, many ant species in California, but the invasive Argentine ant is the one we encounter as a pest most often. They have some fascinating biological and behavioral traits that have made them the most successful ant species in most places where they have been introduced -- and one of the most challenging to control.

Please click here to learn more about our ant control services,


Rats and mice have long been associated with disease and destruction of stored foods. They can also cause serious damage to homes and stored property when they gnaw on it or contaminate it with their urine and droppings; can cause fires by gnawing through wiring; and serve as hosts for parasites that carry diseases of their own. They have no place inside a home.

Please follow these links to learn about our rat control and mouse control services.

Other Pests

As mentioned earlier, Bust-A-Bug Pest Management can help you with many different pest problems. These pests include wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects; earwigs, silverfish, crickets, and other perimeter pests and occasional invaders; and beetles, weevils, moths, and other food-infesting or clothes-destroying pests.

Please contact us about any pest problem you may be experiencing. Chances are the we have a solution.