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Hiring a Pest Control Company

While it's common to find a few pests around the home, if their numbers reach intolerable levels, you might consider hiring a pest control company. Of course, you should first try to identify the pests and make changes on your own to manage them. Your county Extension office can help.

If you decide to hire a professional, talk to people you trust for the names of companies they've hired and had positive experiences with. Contact each company and ask for details about its services, including whether it practices integrated pest management, or IPM. Ask what the expected results will be, and how long it might take to resolve the problem. Finally, get bids from several companies, and remember that it's important to consider the value of their service and not just the price.

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