When you've got an insect or rodent problem, you want a fast and economical solution, not an expensive run around. Make sure you know how to hire an exterminator, and what to watch for after you do.
Word Of Mouth References
Never just hire an exterminator from a list of phone numbers in a book or online. Although a brand new company could be the best there is, you want to go with one that has a proven track record. Look for a fair amount of positive reviews on different websites. If you're comfortable discussing your pest problem with people you know, ask friends and family or co-workers who they turn to. Even check with the Better Business Bureau before even considering investing a significant amount of money.
Some Form Of Guarantee
A professional exterminator should stand behind their work at least to some extent. Ask in advance how sure they are of themselves, by requesting a written estimate and limited warranty. Although not every pest problem is easily solved, you don't want to be spending a fortune for an indefinite amount of time with no results. Check with a few different outfits to compare offers, and see how each company handles difficult situations. Go with the exterminator who seems reasonable and self-assured, but realistic and considerate of your financial circumstances. While it's not common, some companies have been known to milk customers, simply by intentionally failing to get rid of pests and giving consumers a reason to keep using their services.
Don't accept excuses from an exterminator if the company simply isn't solving your problem. For example, if they're blaming your neighbors or the weather for the pests in your home, seek a second opinion. While some extenuating circumstances will cause a persistent situation with insects or rodents, a good exterminator should be able to handle it. Do some research about the information they are providing you with. Verify what they say with other sources, and monitor their progress (or the lack of it) very closely.
Make sure the exterminator you hire does a thorough job in your home, without taking up too much of your time or money. The right company for you is out there, you just have to find them.