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 considering a specific service, ask if they are insured, especially if termites are the problem. 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 signing a contract, check if there is such as clause; and if so, make sure you know exactly what it covers. If their warranty program is too much for your budget, a once-a-year termite inspection becomes necessary.

License, Certification and Specialization

Make it a point to hire a pest control company that passes the licensing requirements of your state. Moreover, they should be specialists in the specific bug or nuisance animal that’s giving you a problem. Don’t assume though that certifications are all the same. Give the certifying body a call and ask what their certification requirements are. And of course, don’t be happy with a verbal confirmation. Tell them to prove that they are licensed, insured and certified.

Client References

The most crucial piece of information you should know about potential pest exterminator is whether their treatments actually work for a reasonable timeframe. And speaking to their previous clients is the best way of finding out. Ask them to give you some references, and take note that if they hesitate, that means they’re trying to hide something.

The Process

They may be the pest control experts, but you’re still the paying client, so they have to tell you what they plan to do. 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

In most cases, a pest control company will classify its services as general pest control or termite control. Your contract should be in written form and match the service you need. Set time aside to review and understand each detail in the document.

Your Instincts

Finally, when a company checks out on all these technical requirements, you only have your instincts to listen to. If something or someone from the company makes you feel uncomfortable in some way, forget it. It’s a must to work with people who has your hundred percent trust.

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