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A qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, state or local pest management associations. Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully. Buy value, not price. Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem. Find out if the 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 prevention and management are necessary.

If you hire a pest control professional, are you guaranteed a pest-free home?

Pest control companies differ in their guarantees. 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 prevention and management are necessary. It is important that homeowners remain active participants before, during and after all pest control treatments. This type of vigilance helps the homeowner better understand their contract and possible guarantee, and helps the pest professional understand the homeowner’s expectations.

What is the connection between pests and asthma in children?

Cockroaches are a leading trigger of allergies and asthma attacks. The pests’ saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.

How can professional pest control help alleviate asthma?

Proper pest control will help prevent or remove pests that can trigger asthma. A pest management professional (often referred to as an exterminator) can inspect a home for these pests, treat eliminate them and provide homeowners with recommendations to prevent reinfestation.

What are cockroach/mouse allergens? What is it in these pests that causes the problem?

Allergens include pest “frass,” or carcasses, feces and other debris.

What happens after you control the pests? If the frass is left behind, won’t it pose a health risk also?

The residual frass is still an allergen, even after the pests are removed. A pest control professional can remove the frass as well.

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