We all deal with pest problems around our home at some point or another, and getting control of them can often seem overwhelming when attempting it ourselves.  This is why most people will result to hiring a professional pest control company to handle their problems.

Unfortunately, not all pest control companies are created equal, and it can be difficult to determine which company is right for your home and your particular pest problem.  If you’re not sure what to look for, here are a few quick tips to help you choose the right pest control company.

Ask What Type of Insurance They Provide

If you’re dealing with pests that can damage the structure of your home, like termites, it’s important to know what types of insurance and guarantees your pest control company will provide.  Most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover termite treatment or repairs, so it’s important to find a pest control company that knows how to treat termites properly, and will stand behind their process should your home become infested after treatment has been completed.

Make Sure to Read the Fine Print

Make sure you know what you’re paying for and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  If a company tries to sell you a treatment process or contract, make sure that it covers the type of pest your dealing with.  In many cases, basic pest control contracts may not cover services like termites or rodents so it’s important to make sure you’re covered.

Avoid the High Pressure Salesman

If you’ve ever dealt with a high pressure salesman or a conman, you know what to look for.  It’s important to trust your intuition and to back away from a deal if the salesman seems over eager to complete the deal or if he asks for payment upfront aggressively.  There are many fly by night operations that will pressure you into a sale, snag your money and take off, leaving you with either a half completed treatment or even no treatment at all.

Make Sure They Are Licensed in Your State

Before you sign a contract, make sure you understand the licensing requirements in your state, and make sure that the company you hire is covered.  Even further, don’t trust them at their word.  Have them provide you with verification that they’re licensed and properly insured before allowing anyone to work around your home.

The best pest control companies will make sure to provide you with as much detailed information as possible, and will have no problem answering your questions in detail.  If the company seems shady and isn’t interested in answering your questions, only in the sale, then it may be a good idea to find another pest control company to sign a contract with.