How To Choose A Pest Control Operator

Wondering where to begin when choosing a pest control operator?

If you don’t have the time or ability to research your pest problem and safely apply the appropriate procedures and materials to control it, you may want to hire a pest control service to do the job for you. It is recommended that you hire a pest control operators that uses Integrated Pest Management. IPM pest control operators look at environmental factors that affect pests and their ability to thrive and gain access into your home, rather than simply eliminating pests, which often doesn’t get to the root of the problem. This often proves to be a long-term solution to the problem rather than just a temporary bandaid.

Make sure that whoever you hire has the required licenses, registration, certificate, and insurance before they begin work. Pest control companies and individuals making household treatments must operate with a license issued by the California State Structural Pest Control Board. Verify the status of a pest control company’s license online.

Resources you can use to locate a pest management professional include:


EcoWise Certified professionals use prevention-based pest control practices. They use their knowledge of how pests live, feed, reproduce and move to effectively solve pest problems.


Green Pro Certified is offered by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Green Shield Certified is an award-winning, independent, non-profit certification program that promotes practitioners of effective, prevention-based pest control while minimizing the use of pesticides.

For more information about hiring a pest control company, review this Our Water Our World tip sheet.
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