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How to Pick a Competent and Reliable Pest Control Company

Dealing with insects and unwanted animals in your home can be such a hassle, but looking for the right professionals to handle them can be quite easy. But because of the various types of pests and the possibly poisonous chemicals used in pest control, you need to pick a reputable company.


When considering a particular service, check if they have insurance, especially if your problem is termites. Homeowner’s insurance generally won’t include termite repairs or treatments, so your pest control company should be able to install a good baiting system, or treat your exterior to keep these so-called white ants away.


Warranties provided by pest control professionals typically don’t include a damage clause. When you sign a contract, ask if such a clause exists; if so, be sure you understand what it covers exactly. If their warranty program is too much for your budget, a once-a-year termite inspection becomes necessary.

License, Certification and Specialization

Be sure to hire a pest control company that meets your state’s licensing requirements. Moreover, they should be specialists in the specific bug or nuisance animal that’s giving you a problem. Don’t ever assume, however, that all certifications are exactly 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. Ask to see a copy of their insurance, certificate/s and license.

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 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 experts, but you’re still the client so you need to know how exactly they plan to solve your pest problem. Will they be using baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to let them present their plan in written form, so it can be compared with other written plans you get from your other prospects.

Fine Print

In most cases, a pest control company will classify its services as general pest control or termite control. Be sure you have a written contract that is appropriate for the service you want. Take time to read and understand every 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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