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Selecting a Private Pest Control Operator (PCO)

If you choose to hire a private pest control operator (PCO), there are a few things you can do to ensure that you are hiring a reputable, trustworthy company or individual.

  • Verify company’s licensing is current. All pest control operators must be registered with the California State Structural Pest Control Board, and should be insured. You may also want to contact the Better Business Bureau or read online reviews of the company’s work.
  • Make sure both you and the company understand the problem and the control work proposed before the start of any work. Obtain in writing details of the control work and treatment schedule.
  • Read the contract carefully. A contract for pest control should include a description of the problem, a detailed treatment plan, the length of service, a detailed price breakdown, and a description of any guarantees.
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