The Better Business Bureau of NJ just published its advice for hiring a pest control company to handle your pest needs. Bell Environmental is a proud and accredited member of the BBB-NJ, with an A+ rating. We think these tips are valuable to consumers and businesses.

Getting Bugged? Make Sure Your Pest Management is Handled by a Pro

April is National Pest Management Month, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). In 2012, the Better Business Bureau received more than 3,100 complaints against pest control services.

When your pest problem gets too big for a flyswatter, a mousetrap or a do-it-yourself spray, it’s time to call in a professional service. Take the time needed to select a reputable business, and make sure you’re doing business with someone you trust.

The BBB and NPMA recommend the following tips for finding a qualified pest management professional:

  • Check them out. Evaluate pest control professionals and companies that are members of national, state or local pest management associations. Always check out the business’ BBB Business Review at Ask friends and neighbors to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company. Ask to see the license or other credentials of the pest control professional that comes to solve your pest problem.
  • Don’t rush. If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management companies. Since you are paying for professional knowledge as well as skillful application of pesticides, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Understand before you sign. Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the household pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem. Find out if the pest control 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 control, prevention and management are necessary.
  • Don’t fall for high-pressure sales tactics. Buy value, not price. Beware of companies that offer bargains that sound too good to be true. Be wary of companies that come to your home uninvited and offer to give your house a free inspection for pests. They may try to scare you into authorizing immediate and costly treatments.