Choosing an Illinois Pest and Termite Control Company

If you have a pest or termite control problem that you do not want to handle on your own, you may decide to turn to a professional applicator.  How can you be sure that the pest & termite control company you hire will do a good job?  Before you choose a company, get answers to these questions:

Is the company licensed?

Most state or local agencies issue state pest control licenses.  At Flenner Pest Control we are licensed through the State of Illinois and the Department of Public Health.  More importantly, make sure that all operator’s licence are current. Also, ask if the companies employees are bonded, meaning that the company reimburses you for any loss or damage caused by the employee?

Is the company willing and able to discuss the treatment proposed for your home?

Selecting a pest control service is just as important as selecting other professional services.  Look for the same high degree of competence you would expect from a doctor or lawyer.  Any company should inspect your premises and outline a recommended control program, including the —

  • Pests to be controlled
  • Extent of the problem
  • Active ingredients in the pesticide chosen
  • Form of the pesticide and application techniques
  • Non-Chemical alternatives available
  • Special instructions to reduce your exposure to pesticide (such as vacating the house, emptying the cupboards, and removing pets).
  • Steps to take to minimize your pest problems in the future

Does the company have a good track record?

Don’t rely on us to answer this question. Research the answer by asking neighbors and friends if they have ever dealt with Flenner Pest Control.  We have been serving the Central Illinois area since 1981 and our Technician has been with us for over 24 years. If there is anyone you can trust to give you the correct information in the time that it is needed it is Flenner.

Does the company guarantee its work?

You should be skeptical about a company that does not guarantee its work.  In addition be sure to find out what you must do to keep your party of the agreement.  For example, in the case of termite control treatments, the company’s guarantee may become invalid if you make structural alterations to your home without giving prior notice to the pest control company.

Is the company affiliated with a professional pest control association?

Professional associations — national, state, or local — keep members informed of new developments in pest control methods, safety, training, research and regulations.  Members agree to honor a code of ethics.  The fact that a company, small or large, chooses to join a professional association signals its concern for quality.  Here at Flenner Pest Control we are proud members of  the Illinois Pest Control Association, the National Pest Control Association, the Effingham Area Home Builders Association, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.


Wise consumers get bids from two or three companies and look at value more than price.  What appears to be a bargain may warrant a second look.  Hiring a company to take care of your pest and termite problem does not mean your job is over.  You must evaluate the results.  If you believe something has gone wrong with the pesticide application, contact the company.  Be a responsible, wise consumer and keep asking questions until your pests are under control.


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