Temecula Pests

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Common Pests in the Temecula-Murrieta Valley

We understand the unique pest problems of our area as well as the soil, weather conditions, local laws, and other matters related to pest control. For over 30 years we’ve helped keep the homes and businsses of Temecula and Murrieta free from all types of common pests.

Let’s learn a bit more about who else lives on your property, and why they shouldn’t!


The Temecula/Murrieta area is particularly well-suited to ants. To rid your home or business of these intruders, Vineyard Valley Pest Control uses methods that turn the ants’ natural trailing and communal living behavior against them.

Beware the Argentine Ants

Argentine ants kill and displace our native ants which are 10 times larger in size! They also are attracted to decaying organic matter, giving them the potential to carry and spread disease.

How do they get inside?

Argentine ants can enter homes not only through cracks and crevices, but also by traveling on water pipes, wiring, and tree branches.

What do they look like?

The Argentine ant is a small, shiny brown ant. The workers are about 1/8 inch long; the queens are 1/4 inch in length. A single colony of these ants can have hundreds of queens and 10,000 workers. Workers usually live about a month; the queens can live up to 10 years!



The Temecula Valley hosts the notorious Black Widow, North America’s most venomous spider. Primarily, the female Black Widow presents a risk to humans with her potent venom, while male Black Widows and their bites are considered non-threatening. Although fatalities are rare, we recommend a monthly maintenance service if you have Black Widows or other spiders in your home or yard.

What do they look like?

The female Black Widow spider is shiny black and has a reddish hourglass marking on her abdomen. She usually hangs in her web with her abdomen facing up. Her body is about ½ to 1½ inches long. She may live for more than a year and lays several batches of eggs (up to 750 in one sac) each summer.

Where do they live?

Black Widows like to nest in dimly-lit, sheltered places such as garages, storage sheds, under patio furniture, and children’s playhouses.

What are the effects of their venom?

Black Widow spider venom can induce intense abdominal cramps and muscle pain, mimicking conditions like appendicitis. Victims may also experience difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, and swollen eyelids due to the neurotoxic effects. However, fatalities are rare with prompt medical attention.



For more than 30 years, Vineyard Valley Pest Control has been providing rodent control services to residents in Temecula & Murrieta. One of our exterminators will inspect your home, tailor a precise plan to eliminate pests, and provide recommendations to keep rodents from re-entering your home.

Our Rodent Solutions

Exclusion – Rodent-proofing your home or business is a vital part of a complete rodent control program. Our technicians are experienced in locating and sealing openings which may serve as entry points for rodents. We only use quality materials that have been proven to stand the test of time.

Trapping – After the exclusion work has been completed, traps are placed in safe locations to remove any rodents that are currently living in your home or business.

Note – This exclusion service is a one-time fee that is agreed upon before the work begins, and covers the cost of the inspection, repairs, materials, and subsequent visits to empty and reset the traps.

Outdoor Bait Stations

If rodents are living in your yard or grounds, but are not inside your home, bait stations may be a good choice to reduce the rodent population around your property.




Gophers are “eating machines” that feed on a variety of plants, vines, bulbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, roots, and grass. A single gopher can inflict a considerable amount of damage to your yard in a very short period of time. Gophers can pull entire plants into their tunnels from below, as well as damage plastic water pipes and sprinkler systems. Unfortunately, gophers do not hibernate; they are active year-round, any hour of the day.

Our Gopher Solution

Vineyard Valley Pest Control can eliminate the gophers from your yard on either a one-time basis (with a 3-day guarantee for the specific area treated), or as a monthly maintenance service.

How extensive are gopher burrows?

Gophers live in an underground burrow system that may extend between 200 and 2000 square feet. The tunnels range from 2½ to 3½ inches in diameter. The gophers’ feeding burrows are usually between 6 and 12 inches below the surface, and their storage and nesting chambers can be a deep as 6 feet underground. Gophers use earthen plugs to seal the openings to their burrow system. They make short, lateral tunnels that connect to the main burrow system in order to push dirt to the surface.




Invaded by Mosquitos?

Two invasive (non-native) mosquito species have become a big problem. They are named Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito). Unlike most native mosquito species naturally found in California, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus bite during the day. They can lay eggs in any small artificial or natural container that holds water.

What Do They Look Like?

Both species are small with distinct black and white bands across their backs.

How Can I Reduce Mosquitos in My Yard?

We can help with a monthly or one-time treatment plan to supplement your mosquito control efforts. Reducing the amount of mosquitos in your yard helps provide more protection against mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus, and Chikungunya.

You can help by eliminating standing water in buckets, flowerpots, trash cans, and other containers around your home where mosquitoes can develop from larvae to disease-carrying adults.



Happy Customers

"I have used Vineyard Valley Pest Control (VVPC) for 20+ years now. Their service is the BEST around! When different pest issues have popped up, above and beyond my normal services (like rats), they were prompt and got it taken care of quickly and without any hassle. The price is good and fair, their service is consistent, their communication is prompt, and they have been incredibly helpful in answering all my pest-questions. I give my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION to VVPC. You will not be disappointed. Their new web site is also very nice and easy to navigate."

-Bob B.

"We were so impressed with how quickly Vineyard Valley had an associate out here to spray the ant trails and leave us with bait traps for inside. They were so responsive to our needs and all done with a smile!"

-Beth H.