Pest Control

5 Important Questions to Ask Your Pest Control Professional

Whether you’re a new homeowner, or a seasoned veteran, you’re well acquainted with the pain of house and yard pests.

You’ve tried the DIY versions and, yep, you need a professional.

Consider asking these important questions when it comes to selecting the pest control professional you need and deserve.

Question 1: Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured?

This is absolutely necessary. Pest control companies work with chemicals and need to have specific licenses. And insurance protects you, as well as them, from any costly damages or unfortunate incidents. Ask for proof of license and insurance when you get your inspection. Never use a pest control company that doesn’t have these qualifiers.

Question 2: Do you offer a written quote up front?

Watch out for contractors who pitch low estimates only to add on hidden charges later. Many companies will give free inspections and then give you a written estimate of all your costs before work begins. This allows you to see everything upfront so you won’t get hit with hidden fees. It also allows you to discuss treatment options such as how many times you’ll need treatment or what kind of chemicals would need to be used. If the company only does estimates initially, ask them to make a written quote of all expenses after you have them out to check out your house (before any work is done). Make sure they stand by that written quote.

Question 3: Are your treatments safe for pets and people?

Modern treatments are usually totally safe for people and their pets. But it’s always a good idea to make sure. Some pets, such as snakes, have different biology than your typical house cat, so make sure to specifically ask about the pets you have. A good pest control contractor will be able to tell you why and how a chemical is safe for you and your loved ones and if you need to leave your house during treatment.

Question 4: What if the treatment doesn’t work?

A quality pest control company is going to have some type of warranty or guarantee on their services. Understand what each company offers in order to make the best selection. It’s also a good idea to ask them about preventative measures you can take, as well as any additional services they provide for pest control prevention.

Question 5: Referrals?

As with anything, do your research. The internet is full of customer reviews and ratings. Check out each company you’re considering and see what everyone else is saying about them. Ask the companies about their customer satisfaction. You will be able to see what they take pride in and how they rate themselves. Then compare it to what their customers are saying.

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  1. My husband and I are planning on hiring a pest control service to make sure our new home is bug and rat free. So thanks for advising that you ask the service about if the treatments they use are safe for everyone — humans and pets included. Since my son has a snake, we will definitely be asking the pest control company we end up hiring if their methods are safe for the snake.

  2. I like that you mention getting a written quote from a pest control service before you hire them. It’s good to know that you’re hiring someone that you can trust and is reputable. It’s important to take the time to do your research and compare different services to be sure that you’re hiring the right company for the job.

  3. I have noticed that there a lot of pests in my house lately, and I would love to hire a company to come treat my house. I really like your tip about asking if their treatments are safe for pets and people. I will have to ask them if their treatments are safe for some of the pets we have. I would want to keep our pets safe while they work to remove the pests.

  4. It’s awesome that you talked about finding a company that will be upfront about fees. I have a buddy who is looking to hire pest control services in the next month or so in order to prepare his home for the season change. I’ll be sure to talk to him about hiring a company who will give a 100% accurate quote or estimate.

  5. Thanks for the tip to ask to see if treatments are safe for both pets and people. I’ve got a pest problem that I think is coming from my basement storage room, and I have multiple children that I want to protect. Because of my kids, I’ll definitely make sure to check to see if treatments from professionals are safe when it comes to pest control.

  6. There has been a pest problem in the new home that my fiance and I moved into. We are worried about making sure that we are getting a dedicated service.

  7. So I think my house has termites. I knocked on wood yesterday, and it sounded a lot more hollow than it should. I want to find someone who could remove any and all of the termites for me.

  8. My roommate has noticed that our apartment is infested with different bugs. I want to get this taken care of as soon as possible. Thank you for suggesting that the internet is full of customer reviews and a great place to find pest control services. Hopefully, I can find the right one to help us out.

  9. Thank you for all this fantastic information about choosing a pest control company. I really like that you say to do your research and look online to see if they have any reviews. It would be nice to know that people have used them in the past that you can talk to.

  10. I appreciate that you mentioned to check with your pest control service to see if their treatment is safe to be around people and pets, so you can be sure that you and your loved ones will stay safe. I have had a horrible cockroach problem in my home, so I am looking to hire someone to get rid of them safely. I will be sure to ask if treatment is safe to be around people.

  11. My wife and I keep finding ants in our basement, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about asking the pest control service if their treatments are safe. I don’t want my pets or kids to get hurt, so I’ll be sure to verify the chemicals are safe.

  12. Thanks for pointing out that a good company will explain the use and benefits of the chemicals that they are about to use. I guess I would ask them about this before hiring them to ensure that we are hiring the right company. We just discovered that we have termites when we saw discarded wings in our attic when I did a clean up yesterday.

  13. I appreciate the advice about asking for proof of a pest control service’s license before you choose them. It would make sense to find someone who is qualified and experienced as well. My husband and I are looking for a pest control service, so we’ll have to consider their license first.

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