How to Choose a Pest Control Contractor

If your home or property contains pests such as termites, ants, spiders, or mice, sometimes you may need to enlist the help of a pest control contractor to rid of the pests completely. In some cases, you may need to hire a pest control contractor who is certified to handle potentially hazardous pesticides that are not available to homeowners and other consumers. When tasked with hiring a pest control contractor, you must hire a person or company who is insured, licensed, and experienced to remove pests safely from your property without causing unnecessary damages. Continue reading to learn how you can choose a pest control contractor.


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    Determine if the pest control contractor or company has the licenses required by your state or region.
    • Ask the contractor to show you their licenses or any other special certifications they hold that proves they are qualified to handle your pest situation.
    • Contact your region or state's pesticide regulatory agency if you need assistance with verifying a particular license or if you want to verify the types of licenses that are required of pest control contractors.
    • You may also want to ask the pest control contractor if they are affiliated with professional pest control associations. These types of affiliations will keep contractors in the pest control industry updated on training and safety methods, new pesticides, regulation changes, and more.
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    Ask for referrals of pest control contractors from your friends, neighbors, and family members.
    • Find out if your friends or neighbors were satisfied with the work provided by the pest control contractor. Mention that you were referred to the pest control contractor when you call them to see if a referral discount applies.
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    Verify that the pest control contractor carries liability insurance.
    • Ask to see copies of liability insurance or workers compensation paperwork before you hire a pest control contractor.
    • When you hire pest control contractors with liability insurance, your home will be protected financially if accidents or damages occur in your home; especially those that involve hazardous pesticides.
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    Arrange an inspection appointment with your pest control contractor before making the hiring decision.
    • This will allow you to meet with the contractor in person and discuss how the pest situation will be handled.
    • A professional pest control contractor will discuss the methods for removing or treating the pests, the types of pesticides that will be used, any potential health hazards of using the pesticides, the pesticide application methods, and pest prevention tips for the future.
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    Research the reputation and professional history of the pest control contractor or company.
    • Contact your state or region's pesticide regulatory agency to learn about any complaints that may have been filed against the contractor. You can also check with a local consumer affairs organization for feedback on the contractor or business.
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    Obtain project bids from a number of different pest control contractors.
    • Compare the prices and services offered by each pest control contractor to determine the value each can provide.
    • If contractors offer service guarantees or warranties, ask about specific details; such as the length in time of the guarantee, what is covered under the guarantee, and the steps you are required to take to keep the guarantee active or valid.
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    Request a contract or proposal in writing from the pest control contractor.
    • The contract should list all fees and costs associated with the project, as well as terms and conditions, the length of the project, and all other details surrounding the project.

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