Finding a Good Pest Control Company
It can be a burden to deal with insects and nuisance animals in your home, but hiring the right pest control professionals doesn’t have to be. 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 considering a particular service, check if they have insurance, especially if your problem is termites. Homeowners’ insurance usually doesn’t cover termite treatments or repairs, so find a pest control company that will install an effective baiting system or treat your exterior to prevent thwart infestations.
Warranties with a damage clause are not usually provided by pest control professionals. When signing a contract, see if it has such a clause; if so, make sure you understand its exact coverage. 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. Don’t ever assume, however, that all certifications are exactly the same. Call the certifying body and inquire about their requirements for certification. And of course, don’t take their word for it. 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 speaking to their previous clients is the best way of finding out. Ask them to give you some references, and take note that if they hesitate, that means they’re trying to hide something.
They may be the pest control professionals, but as the paying client, you need to know exactly what their plan is. Will they be using baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to have them present their plan in paper, so you can compare it with the plans of other companies you’re considering.
A pest control company will often separate its services as general pest control and termite control. Be sure you have a written contract that is appropriate for the service you want. Take time to read and understand every detail.
Finally, when everything checks out and you have only to make a decision to hire or not to hire the company, trust your instincts. If you somehow feel uncomfortable about someone from the company or something you found out about them, move on to your next prospect. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.