How to Pick a Competent and Reliable 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. However, because of the different types of pests and the potentially toxic chemicals used in pest control, it is a must that you choose a reputable company.
When you consider a certain service, inquire if they are insured, especially if the pests involved are 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.
Many pest control companies don’t provide warranties with a damage clause. When you sign a contract, ask if such a clause exists; if so, be sure you understand what it covers exactly. 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. Aside from that, they have to be specialists in the particular insect or nuisance animal that is the source of your 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 be happy with a verbal confirmation. Tell them to show evidence that they are licensed, certified and insured.
The most crucial piece of information you should know about potential pest exterminator is whether their treatments actually work for a reasonable timeframe. And the best way to find out is simply to talk to their past clients. 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. Are they going to use 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.
In most cases, a pest control company will classify its services as general pest control or termite control. Your contract should be in written form and match the service you need. Set time aside to review and understand each detail in the document.
Lastly, when all the above check out and you just have to decide to hire or not to hire the company, listen to your gut. 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.