An estimated 91,000 known species of insects live in the United States. While not all of these species are considered pests, the large number of household insect pests can make protecting your home or living space from pests an ongoing job. Individuals should carefully research multiple pest control companies in order to find a trustworthy business.
Reputation and Professionalism: Make sure the company you work with is licensed to operate; most states require pest management companies to be licensed through the state’s department of agriculture and the company should show proof of current licensing. Check if the company has general liability insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance. In addition to insurance and licensing, individuals must investigate the company’s past jobs. Ask for references and contact the local Better Business Bureau to learn about the company’s reputation. Take note of the company’s professionalism; is their vehicle neat with the company name clearly marked? Are employees organized, considerate, and careful in your home? Find out if the company belongs to a professional pest management association; companies affiliated with professional organizations indicate a concern for quality work.
Pricing: A pest control company should always do an inspection of your home before settling on a price for a job. Beware of prices that seem too high or too low; investigating the services of at least three different companies will give you a better idea of prices.
Your Needs: The pest management professional should be mindful of the home’s occupants. The professional should take into consideration residents’ allergies, ages (elderly, children), and household pets when choosing pesticides. Ask questions throughout the entire process, a good company is ready and willing to address your concerns.
Choose a reputable local pest management company through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of U.S. businesses and services. Visit the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and choose your location by entering your zip code. Search for businesses by entering terms into the search box such as “pest control,” and “exterminator,” or “orange oil termite treatment“, choose from the popular categories options on the home page. The results page will show listings related to your search terms along with the address and phone number of each business. RLP is a great site for locating a variety of businesses and services, from movie theaters and coffee shops to lawn care companies and pest management services.