One of the biggest myths about pest control is that it’s a waste of time. A myth is defined as something that is commonly held or believed, but is completely false. While many myths are based on some truth, most often times they’re just misunderstandings or exaggerations or outright lies. The fact of the matter is that pest management IS important and it’s important to know how to do it right. There are lots of myths about pests and pest control, some just downright ridiculous and others almost entirely believable.

I think one of the most common myths about pest control that I hear is that you shouldn’t bother with it if your landlord is doing it. I’ve gotten this a lot. Often the landlord will have a pest problem and won’t tell anyone because it’s an expense that he can do without. And I’m always willing to help out a landlord that has bad tenants. You should still call your landlord, however, if you suspect there may be a problem with their pest control. Here are some things to check.

First, do they have a business license? The fact is that termites and other insects need to be treated for termite treatment and if they’re not being treated for that they should be treated for it now. It’s important to know and understand what the infestation looks like and where it’s located so you can be sure you recognize the signs. Some ants and termites will be traveling around in your belongings, especially since they can make quite fast journeys from one place to another. This is why it’s important to get those bugs caught as soon as possible.

Second, is the exterminator licensed? If you do a good job with the initial treatment and the infestation does not come back, the exterminator should be able to come in and treat the property on a regular basis. If the exterminator does not come in regularly to treat the property then you have a problem. The landlord should have a written contract with you that clearly describes how often the exterminator will come in and the frequency of payments on the pest control portion of the deal.

Third, ask for a referral. It’s always a good idea to get a referral before attempting to work with any pest management company. Check with your neighbors, friends, and coworkers for recommendations. If you have a pest problem in your apartment complex, townhome, or condominium you should get a referral from your landlord as soon as possible.

Finally, check for certification with the BBB. The Better Business Bureau offers accreditation to pest exterminators who meet certain standards set by them. If your exterminator is not a member of the BBB you might be dealing with DIY pest control. Do a little homework today about your DIY pest control option.