Since 1988 R&D Pest Services, Inc. has been on the leading edge in delivering low-impact, highly effective solutions to pest problems in homes and businesses. We pioneered the outside only approach to solving ant invasions in structures, and our penchant for innovation has kept us on the forefront in ant control, gopher control, and general insect and rodent control. How do we stay ahead of the rest?

Co-founders Rick Ellis and Dave Fox bring an expertise rarely found in a pest control company of any size. Both are former university researchers and have worked as technical trainers in integrated pest management. Each has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the Southern California pest control industry. Combine this experience with degrees in chemistry and entomology (study of insects) and it's no wonder R&D produces the finest, most highly trained field specialists using the most effective techniques in pest control.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Exclusive "Outdoor-Only" approach for ANT CONTROL

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • PCOC
  • NPMA

Serviced Areas

  • San Diego North County, Inland Empire

Payment Options

  • Personal Checks

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Rick Ellis
  City San Diego , CA
  Zip Code 92128
  Address 11956 Bernardo Plaza Dr
  Phone Number (858) 487-4779

Business Representative

Rick Ellis

V.P.

BA Chemistry, UCSD; Pest Control Sales/Training 1984-88; Co-founded R&D Pest Services in 1988.

Customer Testimonials

When we first moved into our house, we had a major ant problem. For a few months, we dealt with them, using horrible smelling "green" and safe for children and pet ant sprays, but they always came back. I could tell the previous owners had the same problem because I found lots of little "ant traps" in all the cabinets. The last straw for me was when the ants came through an air conditioning vent! I asked my family for recommendations and that's how I found R&D. At first it was supposed to be this one time thing, a birthday present from my husband to me. But I was so happy with the results that we opted for the continuing service and I will never go back to not having R&D!

Dave came the first month and explained the process to me, that it would be safe for my toddler, and for me (at the time I was pregnant). He said if ants ever came back earlier than he was serviced to come, that I should just give him a call and he would come right away. (I actually did ask him to come once and he came that very day!) Within a day of him spraying around the house the first time, the ants disappeared. I was floored and so incredibly happy. Dave comes every other month to our home and sprays the outside, the fence, all the nooks and crannies and makes sure there are no spiders or ants around. He is really personable and does a really great job.

For me, having family recommend them to me meant it was a real good reference, one that I could trust. And I am so glad to be a customer of R&D!


Received great service fro R&D when dealing with a rodent problem in our attic. Service was handled quickly and professionally. Highly recommend this service if you are having pest problems.


We were very impressed with the promptness and professional demeanor of the service tech, Paul. He sprayed the areas inside and out and explained as he went along and what to expect. Ants being our main issue that when they resurfaced I called Paul and he returned and sprayed again without hesitation. Ant problem resolved