Many pest problems can be controlled by the homeowner using a combination of preventative measures, good sanitation and general‐use pesticides. Occasionally, a pest problem becomes too large or too complex and homeowners elect to seek outside pest control assistance by hiring a pest control professional. How can you be sure the pest control company you hire will do a good job?
If, after asking these questions, you believe you need the assistance of a professional pest control operator, how do you go about finding and hiring one?
Most pesticide problems are not so time‐sensitive that you can’t take a little time to shop around for a pest control company. Ask your neighbors, friends and coworkers if they have used a pest control company with successful results.
Choose a company that meets your pest control needs. A competent company will outline a pest control program that identifies the pests to be controlled, the extent of the infestation, the pesticides they intend to use, and the steps you can take to minimize future infestations.
Once you decide on a pest control company, make sure you understand all facets of the pesticide application process:
If you determine that a licensed pest control company is required to help you control a pest on your property, these tips will help maximize the results and minimize the potential for additional stress.
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Donaldson, S., Hefner, M., Carpenter, J., and Lawrence, L., 2012, Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Pest Control Operator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-10-07
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