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How to Pick a Competent and Reliable Pest Control Company

It can be a burden to deal with insects and nuisance animals in your home, but hiring the right pest control professionals doesn’t have to be. But as there are various kinds of pests, and the chemicals used to eliminate them are toxic, you have to select a reputable company.


When you consider a certain service, inquire if they are insured, especially if the pests involved are termites. Homeowners’ insurance usually doesn’t cover termite treatments or repairs, so find a pest control company that will install an effective baiting system or treat your exterior to prevent thwart infestations.


Warranties with a damage clause are not usually provided by pest control professionals. When you sign a contract, ask if such a clause exists; if so, be sure you understand what it covers exactly. If you find their warranty program too expensive, a yearly termite inspection is a must.

License, Certification and Specialization

Be sure to hire a pest control company that meets your state’s licensing requirements. On top of that, they should specialize in the particular type of bug or nuisance animal that’s bothering you. However, don’t think that all certifications are created equal. Give the certifying body a call and ask what their certification requirements are. And of course, don’t take their word for it. Tell them to prove that they are licensed, insured and certified.

Client References

Perhaps nothing can be more crucial in your search for a pest exterminator is knowing whether their treatments actually work for a reasonable period of time. And what better way to find out than to talk to people who have actually hired them before. Ask them for references then, and if they hesitate, you know they’re hiding something.

The Process

They may be the pest control professionals, but as the paying client, you need to know exactly what their plan is. Will they be using baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? You want them to present their plan in paper, so it’s easier to compare it with other written plans of other companies you may be considering.

Fine Print

A pest control company will often separate its services as general pest control and termite control. Your contract must be on paper and cover the type of service you’re looking for. Spend time reading and understanding each detail.

Your Instincts

Finally, when everything checks out and you have only to make a decision to hire or not to hire the company, trust your instincts. If something or someone from the company makes you feel uncomfortable in some way, forget it. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.

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