Tips for Hiring an Exterminator

Warmer temperatures and rainy weather are bringing out various insects you probably don‘t want in your home. In the spring and summer months, Better Business Bureau generally sees an increase in consumer inquiries for pest control companies. When the job gets too big for home remedies, keep the following tips in mind before hiring a pest control service:

  • Research the company. Check any pest control company’s BBB Business Review at before signing a contract. Look at the company’s rating, how it has responded to customer complaints and any advertising issues it may have.
  • Compare prices. Solicit bids from at least three different pest control companies before making a decision. BBB provides a free Request a Quote service to make it easier to gather estimates from local BBB Accredited Businesses.
  • Ask about safety. Because pesticides and pest control products could be dangerous to touch inhale, be sure to ask the company about the safety of the chemicals they use. 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 insurance and coverage for any potential property damage or personal liability.
  • Carefully review your contract. Be sure you fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem. Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment. 



  1. Aquatic pets and plants are a safety concern as well. They are especially sensitive to pesticides.

  2. It might also help to check out should the provider is
    a member of any nationwide or community trade associations.

    It is important to detect the presence of fleas on your pet before they can reach the harmful levels described above, where your pets suffering becomes
    evident. ” The EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all consider bed bugs a public health pest.

  3. Paul Langley says:

    These are some really great tips for anyone looking to hire an exterminator or pest control service. I especially liked your point about safety, and making sure that nothing will be harmful to your pets or family. Thanks so much for writing, I’ll have to keep these in mind as I choose a pest control service.

  4. Jeff Madison says:

    I appreciate your tip on comparing prices when looking for a pest control professional. It seems that getting at least 3 bids from different companies could help you choose an exterminator best suited to fit your needs. My wife and I have a sugar ant problem, if we hire an exterminator we’ll be sure to shop around before choosing anyone in particular.

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