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How to Choose a 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. 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. 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 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. On top of that, they should specialize in the particular type of bug or nuisance animal that’s bothering you. Don’t assume though that certifications are all the same. Don’t hesitate to call the certifying body about their certification requirements. And of course, don’t take their word for it. Tell them to prove that they are licensed, insured and certified.

Client References

The most important thing you need to know about your prospective pest exterminator is whether their treatments are really effective for a reasonable period of time. 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. Are they going to use baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to have them present their plan in paper, so you can compare it with the plans of other companies you’re 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 a must to work with people who has your hundred percent trust.

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