The Best advice when searching for a Pest Control Professional is to start by looking for a 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. The largest association in Saint Louis Missouri is the "Greater St. Louis Pest Control Association" or the www.stlpestpros.com. This particular Association supports the community with fund raisers supporting our veterans as well as seminars hosting some of the leading entomologists in Missouri. These professionals share knowledge with all the other members in the association. This provides new and changing techniques as well as cutting edge practices that helps maintain a pest free environment with the constantly adapting insects. The small independent companies not affiliated with this organization are not exposed as often to these valuable resources as the members of the associations.
Each year about three-quarters of U.S. households use pesticides. About one in every four households hires a professional, that is, a person employed by a commercial pest management business. It is no longer correct to think of these individuals as the "bug man," as "sprayers," nor even as "pesticide applicators" or "exterminators." Today's pest control, or pest management, is much more than that. A properly trained pest management professional possesses the level of knowledge required to solve your pest problems based on the particular environment and conditions at your home or business.
Today, the concept of IPM – with its emphasis on identification, inspection, and selection of the best methods in each situation – replaces the routine spraying of baseboards and other surfaces. Today, many consumers are not paying for "spraying," nor do they want routine pesticide treatments. While most homeowners do not know what IPM is, most say they would pay more for pest management that controls the pest using less pesticide or no pesticide at all. After all, anyone can spray baseboards, including homeowners. But few people have the knowledge required to control every type of pest in every situation.