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Pest Control: (Location Name) is an Institute radiant quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthrough

Institute radiant quest: Pest Control
Talk to Alan Binet in the Institute.
Head to the unnamed location and kill the marked feral ghoul.
Head back to the Institute and talk to Alan Binet.
Reward: 400+ XP
(Optional) Persuade Binet to give a reward.
Reward: 10 Pre-War money

Detailed walkthrough

Speak with Dr. Alan Binet over at Robotics (at night he will be in his quarters). Agree to eliminate some feral ghouls causing problems for a synth scavenger team. Go to the unnamed location now indicated on the Pip-Boy and engage the enemies within. Fight through to the tagged enemy and kill it. Not all foes need be slain. Return to Binet and tell him the quest was successful. At this point, he can be persuaded with a speech check to give a reward, which will be 10 pre-War money. This quest can be repeated every other day after being finished.

Possible locations

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Eliminate the Feral GhoulsDr. Binet of the Robotics division asked me to eliminate some Feral Ghouls that are causing problems for a synth scavenger team.
200 Return to Alan BinetI need to return to Dr. Binet and let him know that I've eliminated the Feral Ghoul threat.
1000Quest finishedQuest completeDr. Alan Binet asked me to eliminate a pack of Feral Ghouls that was causing problems for a synth scavenger team, and I did so.
1500Quest failedQuest failed


  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One The location sent to can be an established settlement at Croup Manor, Jamaica Plain or Sunshine Tidings co-op. If this is the case this can trigger the targets to not exist upon arriving, the quest marker disappears with no targets to be shown. [verified]
    • PCPC To fix this on PC type in the console setstage InstR01 200. This will complete the stage where the targets were to be destroyed, though were unable to. After this you will be able to hand the quest in and proceed to the next one. If this happens again, repeat the same console command as it uses the same console code for every location.
    • Another, but violent, way to solve this bug is simply start shooting at your settlers. After one or two deaths, quest markers will appear on heads of remaining settlers. and after killing everybody, the quest will proceed to the next stage. So if this bug is encountered on a non-PC platform, this may be the only way to deal with it.
    • This bug is fixed by patch 1.3, though any games which were started before installing the patch may still encounter the bug one time, even if they haven't begun the quest yet.
  • PCPC Binet may never give the quest at all. He will just say his regular lines when speaking to him. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 He may also just give the quest reward and XP and thank the player for clearing an area of ghouls without ever giving the Sole Survivor any quests. [verified]