Terminix Pest Control - Choosing a Qualified Pest Control Provider

Terminix pest control professionals are a reliable group of exterminators with years of quality experience. Terminix can help you decide when it is time to hire professional help, and how to choose a professional pest control provider. We don't mind sharing our wealth of knowledge so you can make the informed decision right for you.

Unfortunately scams and frauds exist in every field. How do you find a real professional? With just a little research and a few moments to interview your candidates, you can find the right company to do the job. First, know how to avoid scams. Second, evaluate the quality of the professional you find before you hire.

Avoiding Scams

Avoid scams by knowing the names of the licensed companies in your areas. The following techniques are often calling cards of a scam artist.

  • Door to door sales. Don't sign up immediately if someone comes to your door because they are ""in the area"" and your neighbors have a problem. While some companies stop by as a courtesy, they will not pressure you to buy immediately. Thieves also use this technique to scout houses for thefts.
  • Name similar to large brand names. Sometimes ""fly by night"" companies will just misspell or change a word in the name of a larger company to trick you into thinking you're hiring someone you are not.
  • No written estimate. Don't hire anyone that won't provide you with an estimate in writing before doing work.
  • High pressure sales techniques. If a company tries to pressure you into purchasing services immediately, just say no.

Choosing the Right Professional

Do a little research into the companies you consider hiring to help you meet your budget and protect your home from pests. What should you look for in a professional pest control provider? The following list provides some ways to tell you are dealing with a true professional.

  • Professional License and Certification. You should be able to see certifications and licenses on demand, if the professional doesn't offer them to you. Certification is a must if you are dealing with certain pests, such as termites or bedbugs.
  • National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Membership. NPMA members are required to meet high standards. You can check the NPMA website by zip code to find a member in your area.
  • Written Estimates with Detailed Bids. Purchase services from a company that explains exactly what they are going to do and how much it will cost up front. Accept only written documents.
  • Referrals. Friends and neighbors have probably had good or bad experiences with a local company in the past. Ask them. You can also use sites online to find reviews by people you don't know personally.
  • Guarantees of Service. Professional companies often provide guarantees that you won't have another infestation within a certain amount of time.
  • Get a second opinion. Don't necessarily hire the first company that inspects your home. Extermination services can be costly, so get more than one opinion on the cost of fixing the problem.

Call a Qualified Exterminator

A qualified pest exterminator can use organic, green, or less-toxic chemicals to rid your home of the pests that cause you problems. Choosing the right pest control expert for your budget and situation is a decision you can make with just a little information and research. Check references. Check with the Better Business Bureau and make sure certifications are current. Then hire someone with the confidence that you will be making an investment of the same quality as your home. Terminix pest control professionals are glad to help.

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