Keys to Finding a qualified Pest Professional

Virginia Pest Management Association Offers Advice for Finding Reputable Services

April 10, 2007 (Fredericksburg, VA)- Discovering a pest problem or infestation that is threatening a homeowner's property, family's health and even just their peace of mind can be a major annoyance. The last thing one needs in this situation is the added stress of finding a reputable pest control company to service the problem. However, for preventative and reactive measures alike, finding a qualified pest control professional is easy to do if the homeowner does a little homework.


April 10, 2007 (Fredericksburg, VA)- Discovering a pest problem or infestation that is threatening a homeowner's property, family's health and even just their peace of mind can be a major annoyance. The last thing one needs in this situation is the added stress of finding a reputable pest control company to service the problem. However, for preventative and reactive measures alike, finding a qualified pest control professional is easy to do if the homeowner does a little homework.

"Essentially, a person is entrusting a service provider with the well-being of both their home and their family," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). "A credible pest professional will protect a homeowner's property and their family's health from the damage and diseases associated with pests through responsible and effective service."

The NPMA offers homeowners these tips for selecting a pest professional:

  • Ask friends and neighbors to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.

  • Be wary of the operator who comes to your home uninvited and offers to give your house a free inspection for pests. He or she may try to scare you into authorizing immediate and costly treatments.

  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest control companies.

  • Don't rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.

  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.

  • Find out if the pest professional has liability insurance to cover damage to your house or furnishings during treatment.

  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.

  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.

  • A federal law requires commercial applicators of "restricted use" pest control products to be certified. The certification program is left up to the state. Homeowners can call the certifying state agencies for information.

  • Use NPMA's pest professional locator on pestworld.org. Simply enter your zip code and immediately receive information on licensed pest professionals in your area.

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Virginia Pest Management Association is a professional organization of approximately 200 member companies employing over 3000 people throughout Virginia and generating over $250 million in annual revenues. It is dedicated to promoting the interests and general welfare of the pest management industry and to supporting scientific, technical and business research in the areas of pest management. For more information, please call 877/875-8722
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