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JUNE 23 2023 / HOME
When it comes to pest control, many different professionals out there offer their services. But how do you know which ones are truly qualified to handle your pest problems? One way to identify a qualified professional is to look for the BCE (Board Certified Entomologist) designation. Sounds fancy, right? But what does it mean, and why should you care?
A BCE is an entomologist who has met the rigorous standards set forth by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to become a board-certified professional. This credential is a professional certificate which means that it is voluntary. The certification says, ‘I know my craft a lot more than most pest control specialists.’ It is only awarded to those who have demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience in the field of entomology, specifically in the area of structural pest management. In fact, we have several members on staff who have received this certification. We believe it is an important designation to have as a pest professional service.
Pest control goes way beyond getting rid of pests from your home. If you really think about it, your health and general well-being are also at stake. A BCE designation matters because it ensures that the pest control professional you are working with has the knowledge and skills to identify and manage a wide range of pests effectively. So essentially, people who are not content with killing the bugs, what makes them tick (pun intended), why they are in your home, and what they are doing.
BCEs must pass a rigorous exam that tests their knowledge of pest identification, biology, behavior, and control strategies. Additionally, they are required to maintain their certification by participating in continuing education courses, ensuring that they stay up-to-date with the latest pest control technologies, techniques, and research. This ongoing education helps BCEs provide their clients with the most effective and efficient pest control solutions.
When working with a board-certified entomologist, you can have confidence that you are working with a highly trained and qualified professional who is dedicated to providing you with the best possible service.
If you're looking for a BCE to help you with your pest control needs, you can start by checking with professional organizations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) or the ESA. These organizations can provide you with a list of certified professionals in your area. You can also check with pest control companies in your area to see if they have any BCEs on staff.