How to Choose a 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. 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 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 provided by pest control professionals typically don’t include 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
Make it a point to hire a pest control company that passes the licensing requirements of your state. Aside from that, they have to be specialists in the particular insect or nuisance animal that is the source of your problem. Don’t assume though that certifications are all the same. Don’t hesitate to call the certifying body about their certification requirements. And of course, you need more than a verbal confirmation. Ask to see a copy of their insurance, certificate/s and license.
Perhaps nothing can be more crucial in your search for a pest exterminator is knowing whether their treatments actually work 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 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.
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. Spend time reading and understanding each 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.