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Pest control

Author: Better Business Bureau
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Virtually every household has problems at some time with pests. Pests can often be dealt with by homeowners using commercial pesticides. Identify the pest before purchasing the pesticide and always follow the instructions on the label. Keep any leftover pesticide in a secure place in its original container.

Your pest-control problem may require professional assistance. Before you sign a contract for pest control services, be sure you fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem. Ask if the company is licensed. Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages 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 prevention and control is necessary. Don't expect an application or series of treatments to last indefinitely. If a sizable amount of money is involved such as termite extermination, don't hesitate to get bids from several pest control companies.