Finding a Good Pest Control Company
Dealing with insects and unwanted animals in your home can be such a hassle, but looking for the right professionals to handle them can be quite easy. But as there are various kinds of pests, and the chemicals used to eliminate them are toxic, you have to select a reputable company.
When you consider a certain service, inquire if they are insured, especially if the pests involved are termites. Homeowner’s insurance generally won’t include termite repairs or treatments, so your pest control company should be able to install a good baiting system, or treat your exterior to keep these so-called white ants away.
Warranties with a damage clause are not usually provided by pest control professionals. When signing a contract, check if there is such as clause; and if so, make sure you know exactly what it covers. If you find their warranty program too pricey, it’s a must to have a once-a-year termite inspection of your premises.
License, Certification and Specialization
Be sure to hire a pest control company that meets your state’s licensing requirements. Moreover, they should be specialists in the specific bug or nuisance animal that’s giving you a problem. However, don’t think that all certifications are created equal. Give the certifying body a call and ask what their certification requirements are. And of course, you need more than a verbal confirmation. Tell them to prove that they are licensed, insured and certified.
The most important thing you need to know about your prospective pest exterminator is whether their treatments are really effective for a reasonable period of time. And the best way to find out is simply to talk to their past clients. Ask them for references then, and if they hesitate, you know they’re hiding something.
They may be the pest control experts, but you’re still the paying client, so they have to tell you what they plan to do. Are they going to use baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to let them present their plan in written form, so it can be compared with other written plans you get from your other prospects.
In most cases, a pest control company will classify its services as general pest control or termite control. Be sure you have a written contract that is appropriate for the service you want. Spend time reading and understanding each detail.
Finally, when a company checks out on all these technical requirements, you only have your instincts to listen to. If something or someone from the company makes you feel uncomfortable in some way, forget it. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.