How to Choose a 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 considering a specific service, ask if they are insured, especially if termites are the problem. 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.
Many pest control companies don’t provide warranties with a damage clause. 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 expensive, a yearly termite inspection is a must.
License, Certification and Specialization
The pest control company you hire should, by all means, meet 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. Don’t hesitate to call the certifying body about their certification requirements. 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 what better way to find out than to talk to people who have actually hired them before. Have them provide you some references, and if they don’t oblige, they’ve probably done something they don’t want you to know.
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. Your contract must be on paper and cover the type of service you’re looking for. Take time to read and understand every 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 a must to work with people who has your hundred percent trust.