Choosing a Pest Control Company: A Guide

Choosing a reputable pest control company takes time and research to find the right company.   To aid your search effort, perform online research and check out online reviews. The steps below will help with selecting a reputable pest control company. Don’t sign a contract unless the company has achieved a good reputation by completing several contracts with many satisfied customers.

Step 1: Research via the internet or visit one or two companies. Learn information about their process and what is involved with hiring them to service your home. Don’t hire a company or sign a contract without performing a thorough check on their reputation and references. Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Step 2: Identify the pest and perform online research to determine the best course of action to eradicate it.

Step 3: Ask for recommendations of trusted pest control companies by checking with family and friends.

Step 4: Before they step onto your property, check for their exterminator license, their business license, insurance, and accreditation credentials.

Step 5: Contact reputable companies and ask for an estimate and ask about their process steps. Check with your state about their exterminator license number to ensure it is valid.

Step 6: A very important step, follow up and make calls to validate their exterminator license and references.

Step 7: Review their solutions and make sure you agree with them.

Step 8: Before they visit, make sure you perform a thorough check on them. Don’t sign any documents until you determine they are the company you want to use as a pest control service. Make sure that they are licensed professional exterminators who explain the process and chemicals used in your home and yard. Obtain a written estimate and a written contract.

Step 9: Before you sign the contract, review the contract, including the fine print, contained in the contract.

Step 10: After you are sure that you have selected a reputable company, schedule a one-time pest control visit.

Step 11: Before scheduling more exterminator visits, complete the first visit and obtain satisfactory results.

Step 12: Obtain written receipts for all payments made on a written exterminator contract.

Within the USA, all states require pest control exterminators to be licensed. Conditions and terms vary by each state. States require that exterminators comply with licensing requirements by taking and passing courses.

To obtain a license, most states require at least 20 hours or more of job training as well as passing required tests. However, the number of required hours for on-the-job training and coursework varies by each state.   Some exterminator companies provide one-time visits or monthly, semi-monthly, and annual treatment plans.   Angie’s List data mentions that the national average price for termite treatment is about $1,535.   A national average cost for interior and exterior pest control treatment is $145 and $214 dollars per visit.  Monthly pest control treatment will cost approximately $40 to $45 per visit. Semi-monthly treatments will cost approximately $50 to $60 per application visit. Again, prices vary by region and state.

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