Does your new home need a termite control service? Take a look at the top questions to ask an extermination contractor before you agree to an estimate.
Are You a Licensed Pest Control Contractor?
Each state has its own licensing regulations and requirements for pest control professionals. While a license doesn't always guarantee quality services, it is one indication the contractor has the experience and expertise you need to effectively control your home's termite invasion.
To earn a license, an exterminator may need to complete a set minimum number of educational or professional development hours. This requirement helps the professional to better understand the latest pest control practices and helps you to get the best service possible.
Do You Have Insurance?
Along with a license, a quality pest control provider should have the necessary insurance. Like licensing, insurance requirements may vary by state. Talk to your would-be termite control contractor about what insurance they carry and how it compares to your state's requirements.
Not only can insurance protect the exterminator, it can also reduce the service-related risks for you. If the contractor injures themselves or damages your property, liability insurance can pay for some or all the costs that result from the incident.
Do You Have Specialized Termite Experience?
Now that you know your would-be exterminator has the correct license and insurance, it's time to take the next step and ask about the company's (or technician's) specialized experience. While some pest control professionals are generalists, you need to hire a contractor who has worked with termite infestations.
What Type of Pest Control Options Do You Offer?
There isn't one universal termite treatment. Some homeowners feel more comfortable with a non-chemical treatment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the top chemical-free methods include physical barriers, steel mesh, sand, and biological control agents. Chemical treatments include baits, liquid soil-applied options, and wood treatments.
The specific type of treatment the contractor uses depends on your home, the placement of the termite infestation, and the extent of the damage. Discuss the options the pest control company offers before you agree to a service or sign a contract.
Do You Offer Routine Repeat Services?
A one-time termite treatment won't prevent a future re-infestation. Stop a potential pest problem before it starts with routine control. Ask the contractor about what to expect from the initial service and how often your home may need additional treatments. A pre-service discussion can help you to understand how, when, and why to schedule additional appointments.