When a homeowner is looking for an exterminator, they should look for a pest control company that is insured, licensed and certified. You should look for a company that is a member of the Pest Management Association and the NPMA QualityPro. As a homeowner, you want to have more than one estimate to choose from and remember that the lowest estimate is not always the best. You need to look at what services you will be receiving over a period of time. If the estimate is a bit more than a competitor, it may be that you will be receiving more services.
Look for an exterminator that offers a written contract with some type of guarantee that you understand fully. The length of the guarantee is what you need to look at before deciding. The company should offer detailed information as to what they will do and when. They should explain the extent of your infestation and be able to point out areas in your home that have allowed them to come to this conclusion. Always check out the pest control company with the state licensing board for complaints or issues with their methods of eliminating pests.
After you have all the information you need, you can choose the professional exterminator that will serve your needs. Once you have found a reliable and competent exterminator to work with, you can discuss payments. In some cases, a company may ask for a partial payment upfront. If they are members of the PMA and the NPMA, you can check to see if they fulfill all their obligations after being paid a partial payment before you decide to pay.