If you have a pest problem, before you hire an exterminator find out what you can do on your own. This article describes the most common household pests and offers tips for eliminating them. Except for termites and bedbugs, you should be able to cure most pest problems without hiring a service.

If you need expert assistance, our ratings of area pest control services will help you find it. Several outfits were rated quite highly by their surveyed customers, but some companies received unfavorable ratings from large percentages of their customers.

Prices for household pest treatments also vary widely. While some companies charge $125 or less for a single treatment for cockroaches, others charge $250 or more. Some companies require their customers to sign up for long-term contracts that cost $400 or more. But for most household pests, a single treatment done properly should do the trick.

Don’t assume you have to pay more to get good work: Our evaluation revealed no relationship between prices charged for pest control work and customer satisfaction.

If you suspect you have a termite problem, get several inspections because some companies have been known to recommend treatment when there is neither an active infestation nor serious threat of one.

Check the guarantees offered by companies you are considering. Will they pay for pest damages or just re-treatment? How often will they come over to inspect at no extra charge? And what do you have to do to keep the guarantee in effect?