What to Look for When Choosing an Exterminator

When choosing an exterminator, questions always arise. How many years of experience does the exterminator have? How effective are they? How reliable are they? Doing your research and due diligence matters when you plan to hire someone to come into your home so that they can protect you from pests. Here are the qualities you should look for when you look for an exterminator.


When looking for an exterminator, make sure that they have the right licenses and certificates. You can call the state pesticide regulatory office to do some research on what licenses the exterminator you are considering has. Some pest jobs require different qualifications, so make sure that the exterminator you are looking into is properly qualified to handle the job.

Other handy qualifications to look out for are if they use Integrated Pest Management techniques and if they have a certified entomologist on staff. Integrated Pest Management techniques ensure that the exterminator will use scientific methods as well as the least toxic methods when it comes to getting rid of pests. Being a certified entomologist is an added bonus because the certificate requires regular renewals. Having the certificate means that the exterminator is up to date on all techniques and professional guidelines.


Ask your friends and family what exterminator they use. Ask them why they like their exterminators.

While qualifications are important, it’s also important that the exterminator is easy to talk to, non-judgmental, and overall respectful. This person is going to enter your home. They will go through your most private and intimate space when they go from room to room looking for infestations. Having an exterminator who is professional and respectful will make your experience much more worthwhile than having someone who makes you uncomfortable while going through your home.


Are you getting the biggest bang for your buck? Are the services the exterminator is offering worth the price? Getting the best value for the best service is important. Make sure to compare and contrast the costs for multiple exterminators before settling on one. Understand what each company has to offer and see which company is the best for your home and your wallet. Also check if each company can offer you estimates for your particular situation in writing. It will show that they are professional and upfront about what they will charge you.

If you are a landlord who owns multiple rental properties, you will want to make sure that the company can meet all your needs for each property, and that they offer you a fair rate.

Customer Service

The way a company treats their customers is important. Do they listen to your concerns? Do they take you seriously? How do they react when you have a complaint?

When a company treats their customers with respect, they will treat their work with respect.

Hopefully this guide will make it easier for you to choose an exterminator. If you need more information or have any questions, call Preventive Pest. We will sit down with you and discuss any needs and concerns you may have.

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