Five things you should do before hiring a pest control company

Bugs and other pests may become a problem this season, don’t get bugged by a poor pest control business

Warmer temperatures and rainy weather this spring are bringing out insects, bugs and other pests you probably do not want in your home. During May, June and July, Better Business Bureau generally sees an increase in consumer inquiries into pest control companies. If you find yourself in a position where a flyswatter is not getting the job done, keep the following tips in mind before hiring a company to perform pest control services:

  • Check the company out with BBB. Check any pest control company’s BBB Business Review before signing a contract. Look at the company’s rating, how it has responded to past customer complaints and any advertising issues it may have had.
  • Compare price quotes. Solicit bids from at least three different pest control companies before making a decision. BBB provides a free Request a Quote service to gather estimates from local BBB Accredited Businesses. Be sure to provide the details of the services you need, and keep in mind the lowest price may not always be the highest quality of service.
  • Ask about safety and risks. Because pesticides and pest control strategies can be dangerous to touch or directly inhale, be sure to ask the company about the safety of the chemicals it uses. Let the company know if you have pets, children or sensitive plants as that may impact the products they select for your home.
  • Check for licensing and insurance. Make sure company meets state licensing requirements by verifying with the Texas Department of Agriculture. Also, be sure to ask for proof of the company’s workers’ compensation insurance and coverage for any potential property damage or personal liability.
  • Carefully review your contract. Carefully go over any contract before you sign. Pay close attention to any warranties or termination fees if the contract is extended for monitoring or future services. Make sure any additional discounts or guarantees promised are included in the contract.


  1. This is the time of year you have to consider these services. Good to see this list of dos and don’ts.

    1. This is definitely a great list that can be used year after year. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. This is a great list!
    -Bulwark Exterminating

    1. Glad you found it helpful! We’ve got some other great tips at

  3. All good advise when choosing a pest control company. References from friends and family is another good method of finding a reputable exterminator who stands by their work.

  4. This is actually good factors for any pest control company to go by! Mind if I share? I would hang this up on our company grid!

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