What to Ask Before Hiring an Exterminator

Choosing an exterminator is a big decision. Before hiring any contractor, you should ask thoughtful questions to make sure your needs will be met. Here, find a list of ten questions you should ask an exterminator before you sign a service agreement.

Tenure in Business

You should ask the following questions of any exterminator you are considering hiring for work at your home or business:

1. How long have you been in business providing the services you currently provide?

2. Are you fully licensed by the appropriate local authorities to provide extermination services?

3. Are you insured for damages that may occur as services are being rendered?

Pest Control Procedure

You should also ask for the specific details of any treatment an exterminator recommends. Questions that any reputable exterminator should be able to answer clearly include:

4. What exactly will happen during this treatment?

5. How effective do you expect this treatment will be?

Pest Health Hazards

You need to know if there are any risks to recommended extermination services, and what you need to do to manage these risks. Ask the following about any treatment or service that will happen in your home or office:

6. Are the chemicals you will use to treat my problem safe for humans?

7. Are the chemicals you will use to treat my problem safe for pets?

If an exterminator tells you there are risks associated with the proposed course of action, ask what you need to do to keep yourself and your family safe.

Vacating Home

You should ask if you will need to leave your home for any period of time during treatment:

8. Will I need to leave my home, and for how long?

Pest Relief Guarantee

Before any services are rendered, you should ask what sort of promise of satisfaction is offered by your exterminator. Some suggested questions for covering this aspect include:

9. What is your service guarantee policy?

10. Exactly what can I expect if I am unsatisfied and still have a pest problem following recommended treatments?

With these ten questions in mind, you should be able to get all the information you need to make an educated decision when it comes time to hire an exterminator.