How to choose a pest control company

Brian Hirsch, a pest control expert with Protect-A-Bed, (using information gathered from the NPMA, which Hirsch credits as a reputable resource in the industry), recommends the following guidelines when choosing a pest control technician or company.

  1. First and foremost, make sure they are licensed by the state in which they operate – if a business needs to be treated, make sure they carry a structural license.
  2. If a company’s advertisements say their traditional services are 100 percent guaranteed, know that claim is not likely and move on.
  3. Thoroughly research the technician or company – visit their website and ask questions about their services, most specifically their plan of attack, and whether they have experience treating your specific issue.
  4. If a homeowner is told to throw away everything before even trying to remedy the issue, that technician should not be considered.
  5. A thorough human inspection lasts a minimum of two hours per room, and can take up to two or three days to complete. If the operator isn’t spending at least that amount of time inspecting the property, they’re not doing a thorough enough job.
  6. Beware of those who prey on consumers who can’t afford adequate pest control –always check Yelp, NPMA, or for honest, independent reviews before making a decision.
  7. Be wary of an exterminator who comes to a home uninvited and offers to give a free inspection for pests. He or she may try to use scare tactics to expedite authorizing immediate, unnecessary and costly treatments.
  8. Buy value, not price. Beware of exterminators that offer bargains that sound too good to be true. The fact is that good and cheap seldom describe a bed bug job.
  9. Look for technicians who offer concrete examples of things you can do to prevent the spread of bugs or help eliminate infestations. In the case of bed bugs, good pest control technicians will suggest tips on how to avoid getting bed bugs and will suggest using a mattress and box spring encasement to prevent the spread of bedbugs and to make signs of an infestation more visible.
  10. Most important – trust your gut instinct. If you feel the professional isn’t doing a good job, then they probably aren’t.

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Smithereen Pest Management provides IPM pest services to residential and commercial clients in Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri.
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