You’ve just moved into a new city and neighborhood, only to discover that the home you purchased is infested with pests – of all sorts. You’re not an expert on your new property, neither are you acquainted with the neighbours. Your best bet, however, is to find a pest control
company that is cost-effective.
Packing up is not an option, but finding a quality pest control service is. How can you go about doing so? When searching for the services of a pest control company, be sure to check out the following tips below.
How to Select a Pest Control Company
1. Are they insured?
Most important of all, did you check if the pest control company of choice is insured? Never make the mistake of assuming that every service you call will be licensed or insured in the state you live in. You do not want to be sued for damages if one of the exterminator injures himself on your property.
Contact their references if you aren’t sure. You can also put your shyness aside and ask the neighbors to refer you to an insured pest control service. If they refer you to a pest control service that has a positive reputation in the neighborhood, get up and contact them.
2. Is it a reputable service?
A reputable pest control service might have a website. Visit it and look for the testimonials and keep a good lookout for any negative ones. You can also look for reviews on Internet directories if a service does not have a website. You can definitely find reviews on Google once a thorough search is performed.
Consumers love to rant about their displeasure or positive experiences for the services they hire online.
3. What products do they use?
When you call a pest control service, make sure that you ask them about the type of pesticides they use. The one size fits all policy does not fit in pest control.
You cannot expect to eliminate rodents from the same bug spray you use on cockroaches. If the service you call uses the same pesticide for most of the pests that they are called on to eradicate, it’s best that you keep looking for a service that adopts a personalized approach to every infestation.
4. The price range
When it comes to service providers, cheaper rates do not always mean better services. Pest control services may try to attract more customers by claiming to offer cheaper services than their competitors.
However, such extermination packages might not have everything your home needs at the moment.
Of course, a good pest control service is always willing to work around your budget. If a service agrees to do so it’s a keeper.
5. Do they provide regular reports?
Extensive exterminations like tent fumigation call for regular reports. Ask the pest control company you call whether their employees keep customers updated on the progress of any extermination, especially if you are on a tight schedule.
You might have to ask if you’ve just relocated to a new city during a job transfer and don’t exactly relish the notion of staying in a motel room for long. Ask for a time limit. The service will probably have to send over someone to check the extent of your infestation.
See that they do. This is the only way they will be able to tell you how long the whole process is going to take.
Speaking of employees, it would serve you well if the service you eventually hire trains its staff on professionalism. Do they keep you on hold long? Do they keep you updated on your home’s progress? Do they have a history of delivering on their promises?
Are the pest control specialists in proper uniforms? Are all of their products properly labeled? If a pest control service ticks all of these requirements, hire them immediately.
In addition, a pest control specialist must also agree to walk you through the extermination process before he begins. This might include a description of the types of treatments he will use and how they will be used.
Ask the extermination service you call about how they usually conduct themselves during such situation. This will give you an idea about their competence and level of expertise. If the guy at the other end of the line has a habit of slurring his words or seems like he doesn’t know what he is talking about, it’s best that you hang up and try another service.
7. How do they handle recurrent infestations?
A good pest control service knows that infestation can be recurrent. Some pests like bed bugs can go for months without feeding and wait for their next meal ticket.
You must only agree to sign on a service that promises to come back the moment you suspect another possible infestation. Most reputable services agree to visit homes that they have already serviced on a monthly or quarterly basis. You can discuss your problems with them then.
8. Diligence matters
The pest control industry has come a long way from simply spraying homes with pesticides. Pests have the tendency to develop immunity to pesticides if they get used to them.
A reputable pest control service should know this and should keep updated in this regard and be flexible enough to adopt appropriate techniques or products that will make it possible for them to overcome such challenges as they arise.
You cannot afford to have a pest control “specialist” throw up his hands in sheer frustration and yell, “I give up” and return your money just because your pest problem keeps coming back after every few months.
Remember, it is best to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to selecting a pest control company that you can count on. The integrity of your home and your comfort depend on it.