Licensed and insured exterminator Gabe from Riviera Pest Control wields an arsenal of low-toxicity products in his fight against household scourges such as bees, rats, spiders, and cockroaches. His approach effectively kills off infestations of these common annoyances, while stopping short of causing harm to children, pets, and the environment. Common measures include interior treatments of those spots most likely to harbor the uninvited critters, as well as the perimeter treatment, which establishes an anti-insect chemical barrier around the exterior of the home.
The knowledgeable tour guides at Santa Barbara Trolley spout entertaining and historical anecdotes during narrated tours of the seaside city. Open-air trolleys stop at 14 area attractions, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the historic Old Mission, and the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where a vacationing John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence. While zooming in and out of shopping, dining, and historical districts, guides discuss Santa Barbara’s rich history and explain its evolution from a small farm town to the Christmas capital of the world. Guests are encouraged to tote cameras for snapping shots at each iconic, carefully chosen locale. Trolley passes are valid the entire day of redemption, and free re-boarding enables patrons to hop on and hop off as many times as they please.
At Futon Place, a showroom of classic wooden futons and beds invites visitors to settle in and imagine their guest room, studio apartment, or living room reinvented. As the name suggests, the shop specializes in futons, each crafted from hardwoods, such as oak, mahogany, and teak, and available in styles ranging from modern to rustic. Pillows and futon covers also accommodate almost any home decor, encompassing chic solid hues, ornate paisley patterns, bold animal prints, and preppy checks. Futon Place takes pride in its easy-assembly system, which comes with clear instructions and requires only everyday tools such as screwdrivers and bulldozers.
The horticulturists at 7 Day Nursery have dedicated more than 29 years to equipping guests with the organic means to build their gardens, housing a variety of lush greenery and eco-friendly supplies. Guests can dot their flower beds with a colorful palette of annuals and perennials (2.99+), or plant veggies ($2.99+) and California-raised fruit trees ($34+) to supply salad bowls and Carmen Miranda’s hat collection. A blossoming selection of houseplants infuses vibrant hues in plain, empty dwellings ($3.99+), and garden art and pottery accentuate flower patches in front lawns. Eschew harmful chemical pesticides with organic fertilizers that improve growth without polluting waterways or wilting innocent lawn flamingos.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Tile/Grout, Nat Stone, Carpet cleaning
Pro Tip: One Call Does it All, inside & out, vertical & horizontal, from carpet to natural stone and more
Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch outfits front stoops in fall finery with a showcase of locally grown, organic pumpkins, while regaling tots with a bevvy of free games and prizes. Customers peruse the orange orbs beneath an all-weather tent that repels rain and migrating autumn leaves, selecting future jack-o'-lanterns from the patch's assortment of $10, basketball-size gourds. The outdoor pumpkin emporium equips novice etchers with a variety of carving kits, candles, and stencils to surgically enhance unexpressive spheres with flickering grins. Kids can compete for prizes in a series of autumnal games, or vault over invisible hurdles in the Santa Barbara location's complimentary bounce house.