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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. 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.


Many pest control companies don’t provide warranties with 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. 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 what better way to find out than to talk to people who have actually hired them before. Have them provide you some references, and if they don’t oblige, they’ve probably done something they don’t want you to know.

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? 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. Take time to read and understand every detail.

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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