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Hiring Local Pest Control Experts

Pest control experts or exterminators help remove unwanted guests from residents, commercial buildings, and other public areas such as mice, rats, roaches, bees, spiders, ticks, bed bugs, fleas, termites, as well as many other types of pests.

Five Questions to Ask Your Pest Professional

Big or small, your project is a significant investment. That’s why we recommend interviewing at least three qualified exterminators before making a hiring decision. Ask the following questions to determine whether a pro is the right fit for your project.

1. Do you have any certifications?

While not having a certification isn’t a deal breaker, it’s recommended to hire a pro who is accredited by a professional organization. Certifications are a sign of a knowledgeable pro who is committed to quality work.

2. What kind of pesticides are you using and how will they affect my home?

Only hire pros who are willing to share details about what kinds of pesticides are included in your project. Understanding how and where these poisons will be applied will help you keep pets and children safe. Never hire a pest pro who is unwilling or unable to offer insight into pesticides.

3. How will you limit the spread of pesticides?

Be sure your pro has a plan to keep pesticides contained. Avoid working with a pro who has no strategy for limiting cross contamination. Careless applications can result in poisons leaking onto clothes and into children’s play areas.

4. What are some pest prevention tips?

Experienced pros can provide tips to keep pests out of your home between visits. These tips are also a sign of whether your professional is knowledgeable or not. Avoid hiring an exterminator who is unable to share simple prevention tips.

5. Will you alert me to additional signs of pests?

It’s a good idea to address all pest infestations at once. Experienced pros will always have an eye out for signs of other pests. Working with a watchful pro will ensure you don’t run into major pest problems later. 


  1. How much do exterminators typically charge?

    The average cost to hire a pest control pro is between $40 and $60 per month.

  2. How much are typical pest control costs?

    The average cost for pest control treatment in residential homes is around $145 for inside and $250 for outside. However, each project is different and costs can range from $40 to several hundred dollars depending on the type of pest.

  3. Should exterminators certified or licensed?

    Yes. Each state has their own requirements for licensing and certifications of pest control experts. Use our state licensing tool to review the local pest control guidelines.

  4. What questions should I ask a pest control contractor?

    There are several questions or things to know before hiring an exterminator to do any work in your home.

    •   Do they have proper licensing?

    •   Do they charge for estimates?

  5. How many pest control professionals are in the U.S.?

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2020, there are 87,600 exterminators employed in the United States. Their average salary is $18.18 per hour, with an annual wage of $37,820.