A 10-Point Plan for Experts (Without Being Overwhelmed)

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How to Pick a Competent and Reliable Pest Control Company

Dealing with insects and nuisance animals in your home can be such a chore, but finding the right pest control experts need not be. However, because of the different types of pests and the potentially toxic chemicals used in pest control, it is a must that you choose 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.


Many pest control companies don’t provide warranties with a damage clause. When signing a contract, see if it has such a clause; if so, make sure you understand its exact coverage. If you find their warranty program too pricey, it’s a must to have a once-a-year termite inspection of your premises.

License, Certification and Specialization

The pest control company you hire should, by all means, meet your state’s licensing requirements. Aside from that, they have to be specialists in the particular insect or nuisance animal that is the source of your problem. However, don’t think that all certifications are created equal. Call the certifying body and inquire about their requirements for certification. And of course, you need more than a verbal confirmation. Tell them to show evidence that they are licensed, certified and insured.

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 the best way to find out is simply to talk to their past clients. 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 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

Pest control companies usually divide their services into 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 a company checks out on all these technical requirements, you only have your instincts to listen to. If there’s something about them that makes you uneasy in whatever way, explore other options. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.

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