Don’t let exterminators bug you; check ’em out before you hire ’em

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. 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 infestation extent, 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.

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One response to “Don’t let exterminators bug you; check ’em out before you hire ’em

  1. Mark Burrows

    Well this is likely to bother most people, but the best offense against bugs is fight fire with fire. I don’t have a bug problem because I allow certain species of spiders and centipedes roam about my domain. Many people, in fact most people do suffer from arachnophobia or fear of spiders. Blame Hollywood. Death by spiders is about six people per decade in North America. Most spiders that roam about your home are completely harmless and do more good than harm. They will even adapt to where you allow them to set up webs. They will remove all kinds of vermin, flies, mosquitoes, moths, and best of all insects you don’t normally see with the naked eye. Centipedes are a bit more tricky, you have to create a home for them. They need a small dark little indoor garden. Easy to make in a shoe box with holes in the side with rich soil and some moss and air fern. Don’t handle the centipedes, they tend to bite, but that is just being defensive. Otherwise they won’t bother you, they will take out bedbugs, ticks, and all other hard hard shelled or crusty insects as well as earwigs, and other crawlers. They also eat eggs of other insects.
    Yes, this sounds all quite creepy, but it eliminates the use of any chemicals and after awhile, when you learn their patterns and routines they also adapt to yours. You even start to give the little critters names.

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