About Bayonne Exterminating

Serving Jersey City and the surrounding areas for more than 90 years.

Our Story

In 1926, Bayonne resident Harry Alberts saw the booming city of Bayonne and thought about its future. Witnessing the growing Manhattan suburbs and surrounding areas, he realized the people there would need relief from the pests that come with industrialization. At this point, Bayonne Exterminating was founded and began to grow providing pest control services in Jersey City, Hudson County, and surrounding areas.

Harry soon recruited a young New York worker by the name of Al Citarella. The two saw the potential in the company and began to grow things until the draft hit, landing Al in the South Pacific. This put his plans of self-employment and success on hold. Once Al returned, Harry was ready to retire in Florida, so he sold his remaining interest in the company to his apprentice. With a combination of Harry's training and his own experience, Al began to grow the company.

As Bayonne Exterminating grew through the years, many of Al's own sons worked there. As the company was booming, Al's wife was chosen as the office manager, making her one of the first women in the New Jersey pest control industry. Through the company's dedication to quality work and to its customers, Bayonne Exterminating continued to grow.

In 1976, Al's son, Ralph Citarella, joined up with his father before he retired. Soon after, Ralph brought his wife, Peggy, along to join the team. With the new family staff, the company moved further towards its goal of top-notch customer service. At this point, quality work, quality prices, and customer care became even larger priorities at Bayonne Exterminating.

In 2004, the third generation of Citarellas joined the company. After years of part-time or seasonal work, Ralph's son, Ralph Jr., joined Bayonne Exterminating. A graduate of The College of New Jersey, Ralph Jr. returned to the academic world in the slow seasons, attending entomological programs and classes at Rutgers University and Purdue University. Rounding out his education with a wealth of classes from both the New Jersey and National Pest Management Associations, Ralph Jr. joined the Entomological Society of America in 2007, becoming a fully accredited Board-Certified Entomologist (one of only nine in New Jersey) in January of 2009. He is a noted speaker throughout North America with master class topics ranging from pest control and inspections to bed bug control methodology, and industry outreach topics like hoarding and bed bug information for consumers.

Why Choose Bayonne Exterminating?

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There are many reasons to choose Bayonne Exterminating. 

  • We have nearly 100 years of pest control experience right here in Jersey City.
  • We are a third-generation family-owned business.
  • We use cutting-edge technology combined with our extensive experience.
  • We are constantly adapting to create better ways to do things.
  • We keep up with the best practices for each individual species we treat.
  • We provide training for our staff every two weeks to stay as up-to-date as possible.
  • We are proud to have an owner who is a fully accredited Board-Certified Entomologist.
  • We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control services.
  • We provide organic services for commercial properties.
  • We offer free estimates.
  • We warranty our services.
  • We were named 2019 Pest Management Professional of the Year by the New Jersey Pest Management Association.
  • We are members of the National Pest Management Association.
  • We are members of the New Jersey Pest Management Association.
  • We are members of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, and the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.
  • We are on the New Jersey Business and Industry Council.
  • We are a Better Business Bureau-accredited business with an A+ rating.

If you need pest control, you won’t find a more experienced company with better-trained pest control team members than Bayonne Exterminating.

Bayonne Exterminating's Community Involvement

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We sponsor local sports teams, including:

  • Bayonne Youth Flag Rugby
  • Bayonne Bombers Rugby Football Club
  • Bayonne Youth Soccer
  • Bayonne Babe Ruth

We support the following local organizations:

  • Women Rising in Jersey City
  • Bayonne HomeTown Fair
  • Bayonne St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

Meet Our Pest Control Team

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Ralph Citarella Jr. B.C.E.

Ralph is the third generation of the Citarella family in Bayonne Exterminating. He received his degree in Corporate Communications from The College of New Jersey with an emphasis in Market Research and Analysis. Ralph is the President of Bayonne Exterminating and coordinates new programs, sales and quality control. In January 2009 Ralph became a fully accredited Board Certified Entomologist and currently is the Director of Program and Education for the New Jersey Pest Management Association.

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Peggy Malone

Peggy has been in the pest control industry for more than 20 years and has worked in both the service and manufacturing end of the business. Peggy lives in Bayonne and enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Sandra Fernandez

Sandra has been with Bayonne Exterminating since early 2017 as a customer service representative.  She has lived in Bayonne for 40 years. In her off time Sandra enjoys spending time with family and friends. To relax Sandra enjoys reading, crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. Sandra also enjoys a good laugh:

"Wanna hear a joke? have you heard about the pregnant bed bug? She gave birth in the spring!!"


Joe Smith

As a 14 year veteran with Bayonne Exterminating, Joe will make sure your problems are solved.  Joe is heavily involved with training the technical staff and troubleshooting problem accounts.  He is a dedicated father and husband to his two sons and wife.

Joe asserts he is a better chef than John by far (see below) and doesn't even need a grill.

(Did someone say "cook-off"???)


John Makarious

John has been with Bayonne Exterminating since joining our team in 2011. John was born in the Bronx and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Bayonne almost 20 years ago and lives in the uptown area with his wife and children. John is an excellent chef and enjoys grilling for family and friends during the summer months.

John is also a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. but we love him anyway.


Anthony Marinelli

A chance meeting in 2010 (we were treating his neighbor's house for termites) brought Anthony to Bayonne Exterminating as a seasonal termite technician and his role expanded with us in short order. Before long Anthony became a full time route tech and manager. He enjoys the opportunity to help people on a daily basis and feels a great sense of camaraderie with his co-workers and a sense of belonging here at Bayonne Exterminating.

We're happy to have you big fella!!!

Quality. Integrity. Dependability. Since 1926

Any business that can withstand the tests of time for nearly 100 years is a business you can trust. At Bayonne Exterminating, we have made it our mission to provide quality work, quality pricing, and customer care. If we couldn’t deliver on those promises, we wouldn’t be the thriving business we are today. If you need pest control done with integrity, you can depend on Bayonne Exterminating. Contact us today to request a free estimate.

Experienced Service

Since 1926, Bayonne Exterminating has been providing Jersey City and the surrounding areas with the pest control services necessary to keep pests out of homes and businesses. We are nearing 100 years of pest control experience.

Cutting-Edge Technology

While our experience is unmatched, we don’t sit back and rely on the old way of doing things. We continuously adapt our methods to improve our treatments with cutting-edge technology so that you get the best results possible.

Highly Trained Team Members

While field experience is the best teacher, we also make sure that our team members receive ongoing training to stay at the top of our field. We provide training and development for our staff every two weeks.

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