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About


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Providing Home & Commercial Pest Control Since 1972

Clyde Leslie “Les” Smith founded Rid-A-Pest in 1972 in the garage behind his Wilson, NC, home after becoming one of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) first graduates the university’s Urban and Industrial Pest Control program. As the son of a world-renowned entomologist and head of NCSU’s Entomology Department, Les knew he wanted to pursue a career related to insects and management. Two of Les’s sons Jamie and Lee now own and operate Rid A Pest after purchasing the family business in 2013. Lee and Jamie maintain the core values of quality service, fair prices, and trust at Rid-A-Pest today.

We Know our Pests

As a third-generation company of entomologists, Rid A Pest has extensive knowledge of the insects that plague our residential and commercial pest control clients in Wilson, Greenville, Morehead City, New Bern, Raleigh, and all surrounding areas. Not only can we identify your pest problem — we also recognize how these pests work on every level, from breeding habits, to lifespan, to preferred habitats and everything in between.

Over the years, Rid A Pest has remained committed to serving our customers in the best way possible. Whether that’s expanding our locations to serve the entire I-70 corridor from Garner to Morehead City, NC, providing ongoing training to our pest technicians, or ensuring we use only the most environmentally-friendly pest treatments available, it’s our goal to keep your home or business safe, healthy and pest-free.

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