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Finding the right pest control service requires knowing what will hinder your progress. Here are mistakes to avoid when hiring a pest control company.

Do you believe that only dirty homes have problems with bugs and pests? In fact, even the cleanest homes can become infested. There are about 100 different species of insects and spiders crawling in normal homes.

You may feel horrified to learn that 21 million Americans have rodents in their home each winter. This is when finding a great pest control company becomes your highest priority.

Many people rush into hiring a company and end up paying too much for inadequate service. Keep reading to learn tips to help you avoid common mistakes when hiring a pest control company.

Tips for Hiring the Right Pest Control Company

Never skip your research. The internet and social media give you many ways to begin your pest company search. Learn about the type of pest in your home and the current methods for getting rid of them.

The following describes common mistakes people make when choosing a pest control company.

1. Not Checking the Company’s Pest Control Experience

After doing your research, you’ll be able to decide if the salesperson is knowledgeable. Don’t be shy about asking questions. You may even want to have a list of questions prepared when you speak with the company.

Ask yourself if you feel confident in the technician or representative’s knowledge. They may not know everything, but they shouldn’t be making up answers.

2. Not Asking About the Types of Pests They Treat

Some companies may specialize in specific types of pests. Ask the representative about all the types of pests they treat. Do they seem to know what pests are most often found in your area?

3. Not Checking Previous Customer References and Reviews

Ask trusted friends and relatives for pest control company recommendations. Check online reviews for different companies in your area.

Remember that most people don’t write reviews unless they’re very satisfied or very angry. Thus, look at how many reviews are provided and if there are common themes in the comments. Try to find different sites with reviews for the same company.

4. Not Asking About the Types of Pest Control Tools Used

When you’re doing your research, look for the current pest control tools used to treat your type of pest. The following describes different tools often used by pest control companies. This will help you find a company that uses the latest technology and safety measures.

Pest Control Software

Mobile pest control software applications allow companies to work more efficiently. This means they’re organized and can take care of your problem quicker. These apps also help the technicians keep up with the latest trends.


Safety regulations require pest control technicians to use respirators in certain situations. Labels on pesticides and chemicals give instructions about health risks. This includes safety measures such as wearing a respirator.

If the technician must wear a respirator, ask if you need to leave your home or business. Also, find out if there are other precautions you need to take. For example, should you make sure that food is put away?

Some chemicals require that the technician wear gloves, safety glasses, bump caps, coveralls, or bee suits. Once again, find out if you need to take precautions to prevent exposure.

Ultraviolet (UV) Flashlights

Trained pest technicians often use UV flashlights to track down pests. This type of light makes urine stains look blue or yellow. These lights make it easier to follow urine stains and droppings to find and exterminate the pest.


Often, pests and rodents hide in tight spaces. This makes it difficult to reach them. Foamer pesticide solutions allow the technician to spray into these hard-to-reach places.

Termite Bait Systems

For large termite infestations, a chemical barrier treatment may not solve the problem. Basic baiting systems use a slow-acting lethal poison. It’s often infused in cardboard, paper, or other products.

Termites love to eat these substances. They ingest the poison which then kills the entire colony.

Other tools include concrete drill bats, trench shovels, concrete plugs, and other bait equipment. The pest technician may use a variety of these items to stop your termite problem.


Some pest control chemicals come in a powder form. A bulb duster allows the technician to pump the powders into cracks and crevices. This is often used for flying and crawling pests including scorpions and wasps.

5. Not Hiring a Company That Has a License and Insurance

For your own protection, it’s important that the pest control company is bonded and insured. The technician must also have a license to do this type of work. Ask the company for documentation or check their website for this information.

6. Not Scheduling Follow-up Treatments

Most pest problems don’t go away with one treatment. Once they’re gone, it’s easy to forget about them. Before you know it, you may find yourself living with these creatures again.

Make sure that you set up a routine schedule with the pest control company. Ask them to check and treat for further infestations.

Have You Noticed Pests Around Your Home or Business?

If you are having problems with pests in your home or business, it’s time to hire a pest control company. This article has provided tips on how to avoid common mistakes when choosing a company.

Official Pest Prevention is equipped to handle any infestations you may have. Whether you live in a commercial area or a residential one, if you say hello to us, you’ll be saying goodbye to those pesky bugs.

If you have any questions at all about our highly-rated services, then please feel free to contact us. We’re always eager to help out.

Official Pest Prevention is a family-owned, licensed pest control company celebrating 20 years serving over 100,000 satisfied customers in five area codes throughout Northern and Central California. ​​​​​​ Starting with a few contacts, and only four full-time employees, our small company has grown into an organization that today employs over 100 people, maintains a fleet of 75 vehicles, and has serviced over 100,000 Northern California households. This tremendous growth has come from loyal customers, who have recommended our work to their friends, family, and neighbors.

We are a full-service pest control company. Whatever your pest problem, we have a solution. Our goal is to make your property pest-free. Guaranteed. Contact us online or by phone (877) 711 2847 – for immediate assistance. Same-day bookings and flexible payment plans available – because pest invasions wait for no one.


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