7 Tips to Inspect a Pest Control Company

Pest problems aren’t general in the same way car problems aren’t general. A skilled auto mechanic doesn’t fix “car trouble”, but rather pinpoints the issue and gets to work. Similarly, an experienced pest professional doesn’t try to “get rid of pests”. He understands the nuances and behaviors of the target pest, and then solves the problem in a way that best protects the safety of the home or business.

When it comes to service professionals, there’s a huge difference between competence and excellence. When you have a pest problem, you want the latter — an experienced technician with the right tools to get the job done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Pest-control companies use an inspection process to determine the scope of the problem. You can use one, as well: to gauge the credibility and service level of potential providers before choosing one, and to assess the company’s quality and value afterward. Below are a few tips on how you can inspect a pest control company:

1. Find out if the company has experience with your type of pest problem. Check out the company’s website to see if they demonstrate knowledge about handling your pest. Also, ask friends and neighbors to recommend professional pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask the providers questions — the more they’re willing to listen before advising, the better.

2. Ask if the firm is licensed and insured. These practical credentials matter. It’s also a good sign if the company is a member of national, state or local pest management associations.

3. Keep in mind that there’s value in vicinity. Many pests, including certain types of ants, bees, wasps, termites and bed bugs, are prevalent in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Some pests vary in their resistance to treatments. It helps to work with a local company that’s familiar with specific species of local pests and the degree of treatment needed to eradicate them. Pick a provider that values education, and talks about the “why behind the what”.

4. Ask what chemicals they use and how they’re distributed. In most cases, you want to go for limited amounts and limited distribution. The best signal of the company’s dedication to reduce health and environmental impacts is Green Shield certification. This designation means the firm has undergone an extensive on-site evaluation of its “green” practices and processes.

5. Ask if the company uses technology such as mobile devices to capture information during inspections. Progressive firms use the latest tools to generate reports, so clients have access to their information anytime.

6. Talk to the firm about its “IPM” practices. Those letters stand for “integrated pest management”. If the firm hems and haws about IPM and its importance, consider the response as a red flag. IPM is a set of common-sense practices that ensure a long-term solution over a temporary fix (one that tends to rely too heavily on spraying pesticide). IPM professionals realize the importance of the surrounding area and work to identify and correct pest-conducive conditions (removing clutter, cleaning drains, etc.). The focus is on finding the best strategy for a pest problem, not merely the simplest.

7. Know what you’re signing, and ask about guarantees and protection plans. Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem (including the treatment frequency). Some confident and experienced firms will provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Also, for some pests (including termites), it’s wise to ask about protection plans that can help you protect your home continually.


Your pest control consultation should be totally free (of price and hassle). No matter the type or size of pest infestation, a Cantu Pest Control professional can be at your property at your earliest convenience to offer advice and expertise. Give us a call at 972-562-9999 in Dallas / Ft. Worth or 713-956-7822 in Houston or use this online tool.


26 replies
  1. Sophie
    Sophie says:

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  2. Domas Hanson
    Domas Hanson says:

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    Domas Hanson says:

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  4. Luke Smith
    Luke Smith says:

    I loved your tip to check and see how a companies website demonstrates knowledge about handling the specific pests you have problems with. I can definitely see how some pest companies may be more familiar with dealing with your pests than others. It would also make sense to me to ask for recommendations from family and friends to see what is available.

  5. Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I really love what I said about choosing a pest control service that not only takes care of the problem, but educates you on how to prevent the issue from occurring again. I had heard in the past that businesses should take care of pests control asap, to maintain safe work conditions. Having the education could help you maintain a safe workplace for the future.

  6. Ben Allen
    Ben Allen says:

    I appreciate the tips on what to look for in a pest control company, they were very helpful. I agree that it is important to ensure that the company you are using is licensed and insured, this can make a big difference in the quality of work you get and the warranty you get as well. My mom has been having some problems with pests and she is looking for a company, I will be sure to share this information with her.

  7. Ridley Fitzgerald
    Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    Finding the right pest control company is super important. I really like how you talked about finding a company who uses mobile devices to capture information. I agree that modern companies should be adapting to today’s technologies.

  8. Olivia Nelson
    Olivia Nelson says:

    I agree that you need to know what chemicals a pest control service uses. It would seem that you would want to find someone who uses chemicals that are safe for your family. I’m looking for a pest service to help get rid of carpenter ants so I’ll have to find one that uses safe chemicals.

  9. Afton Jackson
    Afton Jackson says:

    I didn’t know that asking a pest removal service about what chemicals they use can help reduce the health and environmental impacts of the service. My sister found a few bugs on the exterior of her home. This info should definitely help her find the best removal service possible.

  10. Barbera Peters
    Barbera Peters says:

    It’s great that you elaborated on how to pick a company that specifically knows how to deal with your pest. I really enjoy how you brought up that the company should value the background on the pests. I never really thought that pest services could specialize with certain pests. Bugs in my area are going wild right now so it might be time to take your advice into consideration.

  11. Ashley Turns
    Ashley Turns says:

    I like how you mentioned that you may want to hire a pest control service close to you since they will most likely know what they’re working with. My husband and I found some cockroaches in our basement and want to hire a pest control company that can help us get rid of them and make sure they never come back. I’ll make sure we hire a service close by that knows how to deal with local cockroaches in the best way.

  12. Roger Middleton
    Roger Middleton says:

    I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to make sure that the company is licensed for pest control and that it’s a great sign if they’re a member of multiple associations. My family and I have been dealing with mice all throughout our home for the last few weeks, and while we’ve caught some with traps, I’m starting to think that they’ve outsmarted the traps and that we won’t be able to catch anymore that way. We’ll have to start looking for a pest removal company, and once we start we will be making sure that they have all the licensing necessary.

  13. Bethel Smith
    Bethel Smith says:

    We have been having a small army of ants trying to invade our home every morning through the kitchen wall. I don’t know where they are getting in, but every morning we find more of them. I will be certain to take your advice and talk to a pest control company to find out how they remedy the situation. It’s definitely in our interest to find a pest service that has had success with exterminating ants in the past.

  14. Finley Moreira
    Finley Moreira says:

    I appreciate how you pointed out how it’s important to determine whether or not a pest control company has any experience or specialty in the area of help you require. I suspect I have bed bugs in my home, so it makes sense that I should hire a pest control company that has plenty of bed bug experience. I’ll take your advice and ask plenty of questions to determine a company’s experience before hiring them.

  15. Elsa Anderson
    Elsa Anderson says:

    It’s nice to learn that there are these Green Shield certifications that would be able to provide assurance that the pest control service you are getting is dedicated to using limited toxins to reduce health and environmental impact as you’ve mentioned. That is quite a timely advice as I am looking for a pest control to remove any potential cockroach infestation on our property, but I wouldn’t like to have my family’s health jeopardized. I’ll be sure to locate one of these Green Shield certified services to ensure that the job will be done safely and hazard free. Thanks!

  16. Earnest Watkins
    Earnest Watkins says:

    I thought your tip to look at a pest control company’s experience level would be really helpful before hiring them. I just recently moved into a home, and my neighbors have mentioned to me that termites are prominent in the area. If I want to protect my home from termites, I’ll definitely look for a pest control company that specializes in termite control to ensure the best results for my home.

  17. Kyle Wayne
    Kyle Wayne says:

    It’s awesome that this article talked about how progressing firms will using the latest equipment to generate reports for clients to view anytime. My godfather is looking to hire a rodent control service but wants tips on how to make a smart decision. I think I will talk to him about hiring a service with new equipment.

  18. Arthur DeMarco
    Arthur DeMarco says:

    I like your suggestion to work with a local pect control company. I agree, I think they are better equipped to help with whatever pests are bothering you. My wife and I are considering hiring a pest control service, and we want to make sure we find the best one. Thanks for the tips!

  19. Ashley Maxwell
    Ashley Maxwell says:

    I really appreciate how you said that a pest control company that has a lot of experience. I also think it’s interesting how you said that they should be credible and be able to show you that they are licensed and are registered. My parents are looking into a professional pest control company because some roaches and rats keep getting into their house.

  20. Millie Hue
    Millie Hue says:

    It really helped when you said that we should chexk their website first if they offer services for the type of problem that we have. I will keep that in mind since my husband just found out that we might have bedbugs in our mattress. I’m thinking that we took home some after staying in a hotel last weekend when we visited my parents. Thanks for the tips!

  21. Rosie Beckett
    Rosie Beckett says:

    I have noticed that there are a lot of wasps in my yard and I want to get them eradicated as soon as possible! I am looking for a quality pest control company and you make a great point that you should ask if the company is licensed and insured because this will give me peace of mind if there is an accident why they are working in my yard. Also, I will definitely make sure to find out the type of chemicals they use because I want them to be safe for my family and the environment.

  22. Hector Uba
    Hector Uba says:

    Finding a local company that is familiar with the local pests and how to get rid of them is really important. I would imagine that if you go from city to city the pest problems will vary and the way you take care of them will vary also. My sister has been seeing some rodents around her place lately; I will be sure to share this with her.

  23. Duncan Lance
    Duncan Lance says:

    I feel like the suggestion to check on their license and insurance is a pretty valid one. After all, you will want to make sure that the pest control service you’ve hired is properly trained to remove the pests in a safe and efficient manner. If they have their license then it is likely that they have received this training.

  24. Nicholas Allen
    Nicholas Allen says:

    Thank you for suggesting that you should make sure and find a pest control company that can determine where the pests are coming from. My house is currently infested with spiders and I want them gone as soon as possible. I’ll have to do some research and find the best pest control company in my area.

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