You may have a perfectly reliable exterminator who handles your bug and pest problems, but even if you know you can trust them, it is still important to ask questions. If you are working with an exterminating company for the first time or you have just invited someone in to conduct a termite inspection, there are plenty of things you should know before hiring them. Trustworthy companies should help you figure out the best possible for treatment for your home. They should speak with you about the products they use and help you understand how their pest control services work effectively. You are inviting someone into your home to perform a service with dangerous chemicals. It is only right that they provide you with a full understanding of what they will be doing and how it will affect the people living in your home.
Ask the exterminator if their company has dealt with your specific type of pest. Usually, exterminators are familiar with a wide variety of bugs and know how to eliminate each in the appropriate manner. If you should offer them an unusual situation, they can still handle it, but it may require some research. The thing you should try to avoid is going to a company that specializes in only one type of pest; unless that is the pest you are battling. Though many companies are willing to expand their experience and do some research, it may be challenging to take on something that is unfamiliar to them if they are used to specializing.
Ask your exterminator how long the process is going to take. Some treatments can be applied and the task completed in just a couple of hours. Others require several hours or even days of time to work effectively. You need to understand how long things will take so you can plan your regular life around the treatment. Obviously the elimination of the pest is the priority, but you need to know how to schedule your time while the problem is being treated.
Find out if the service is permanent and what kind of warranty it comes with. Often, the treatments used to eliminate pests will only last several months. However, if your exterminator is telling you that the service is good for the lifetime of your home, get that guarantee in writing. This way, if you should face the problem again and need further service, it will be given free of charge. Even if there is no lifetime guarantee, there should be some sort of reassurance the treatment will only be needed on the seasonal basis. This is something you need to understand and have verified in advance.
Finally, ask the exterminator if people can be in the home while the treatment is applied. Find out how it will affect kids and pets and determine if it is safe to let people of all ages in the area following the treatment. There is usually a period of time after treatment has been applied that the area must stay vacated.