Keys To Finding A Qualified Pest ProfessionalNPMA Staff
Friday, January 16, 2009
By NPMA Staff
Discovering a pest problem or infestation that is threatening a
homeowner's property, family's health and even just their peace of
mind can be a major annoyance. The last thing one needs in this
situation is the added stress of finding a reputable pest control
company to service the problem. However, for preventative and
reactive measures alike, finding a qualified pest management
professional is easy to do if the homeowner does a little
"Essentially, a person is entrusting a service provider with the
well-being of both their home and their family," says Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "A credible
pest professional will protect a homeowner's property and their
family's health from the damage and diseases associated with pests
through responsible and effective service."
The NPMA offers homeowners these tips for selecting a pest
- Ask friends and neighbors to recommend pest control companies
they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the
- Be wary of the operator who comes to your home uninvited and
offers to give your house a free inspection for pests. He or she
may try to scare you into authorizing immediate and costly
- If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several
pest management firms.
- Don't rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional
knowledge, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
- Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the
nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work
necessary to solve the problem.
- Find out if the pest professional has liability insurance to
cover damage to your house or furnishings during treatment.
- If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it
lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of
continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.
- Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to
- A federal law requires commercial applicators of "restricted
use" pest management products to be certified. The certification
program is left up to the state. Homeowners can call the certifying
state agencies for information. (In Nebraska and Colorado, call the
Environmental Protection Agency).
Use NPMA's pest professional locator on pestworld.org. Simply
enter your zip code and immediately receive information on licensed
pest professionals in your area.