You have found visible signs of pests and rodents at home. The next obvious step is to call a professional pest exterminator. Do not attempt using pesticides or similar categories of products on your own, as many of these are not safe for kids, pets, and older parents. Before you hire an Austin pest control service, here are some questions to ask.

Are you licensed and insured?

This is a valid question, because you want the pest control service to have necessary permissions to do the job. Licensing is a must in the industry, and beyond workers’ compensation insurance, they should have general liability insurance, as well.

Do you have an in-house team?

Don’t be surprised to know that many pest control services only hire people when they have a contract. You need a company that has pest control experts, trained professionals, and entomologists on their payroll. They should be trained, insured and bonded for the job.

Do you offer free consultations?

Most pest exterminator services do offer free consultations, where they will send their experts to your home, or office, and get the entire property inspected. They often rely on specific tools, like moisture detectors, to find the presence of pests. Following the consultation, they will recommend a course of action.

How much will this cost?

Getting an estimate for the pest extermination job is critical, because you don’t want to end up with an inflated bill later. Ensure that the quote is final, and there shouldn’t be room for hidden charges. Also, don’t shy away from negotiating the price, but do not chase the cheapest quote either.

Finally, ask the pest exterminator if they have some warranty on the job. They should deal with the problem for no extra charge, if things don’t go as expected the first time.