How To Pick A Competent Pest Control Company

R.G., Berkeley A: These days, there are probably more good companies than there are bad ones. That certainly hasn't always been the case. Here are some things to look for: -- Make sure they can properly identify the pest before they do any treatments. If they appear to be guessing or don't seem to know what the pest is, you should probably call someone else. -- If the pest control company properly identifies the pest and wants to spray pesticides in your home, you should get another opinion. This is particularly important if they want to spray baseboards, which is a gimmick and not legitimate pest control. If you have pets, you should never use an exterminating service that sprays pesticides in the house. -- If the pest control technician says the company's pesticides are safe or even something like "it is so safe you can drink it," show him the door. First offer him a glass and ask him if he would like ice with his pesticide cocktail. Seriously, a good pest control company will properly identify your pest, offer the least-toxic methods of controlling the pest, and will not use any liquid pesticides in your home or business. Richard Fagerlund promotes the least toxic methods of pest control. Go to or e-mail comments to . Two million oysters grow in SF Bay as incredible effort to bring back ravaged species succeeds. Michael Macor, SFC King: When museum reopens in 2016, visitors should be prepared for a different experience. Fairmont Heritage Place For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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