Part of making sure your home is pest-free involves knowing your options for professionals. Consider these factors when choosing a pest control contractor.
Pests in and around the home are a common nuisance. Regardless of the precautions taken, they will eventually show up.
Whether you are experiencing a problem with ants, spiders, termites, or even roaches, you want a solution right away. Dealing with any of these types of pests will cause anxiety until you are sure they are gone.
Of course, there are some home remedies you can try, but for peace of mind, it is always a good idea to go with a professional pest control contractor.
Here are 5 factors to consider when choosing the right one for you.
1. Do They Have the Experience You Need
Just because a company has ‘pest control’ in their name does not mean they are experts with the pests at YOUR house. If you have a serious termite problem, you don’t need someone who only works with ants and spiders.
Make sure when researching you find the right experience to fit your exact needs.
2. Request a List of References and Reviews
Any quality service company that has been in business awhile will have satisfied customers. Request a list of references to get a good idea of what to expect.
Their website may also have a section for reviews. This is a great place to check out before making a decision.
It’s also a good idea to ask around to your friends and family who they have used in the past. A first-hand recommendation from someone you already know is a great resource.
3. Is the Pest Control Contractor Licensed and Insured
Before hiring a pest control company to come out to your home, make sure they are licensed and insured. They are not both the same thing.
They should have a license to prove they are up to date on the best treatments, laws, and safety measures for your area.
Insurance is a completely different coverage. This is insurance protection for you in case something unexpectedly goes wrong. This coverage will keep you from being liable for any damages.
You should ask to see a copy of both certificates.
4. Ask for a Price Quote
Never be afraid to ask for a price quote. The company that wants your business should gladly provide fees for their contractors.
If you are looking for green/earth-friendly/humane options to your pest problems, be sure to inquire if they offer this at the time of your quote.
5. Do You Want a Contract
You can request a one-time service call to come out and take care of your pest situation. However, many pest control providers offer contracts.
They will come out on a regular basis and do inspections, preventative measures, and be quickly available for any emergencies.
Talk with the representative of the company if this sounds good for you and your home.
Seeing a spider or a few ants may not seem like a huge problem, but you can never be sure what you are not seeing. Don’t take the chance of waiting and having a larger problem down the road.
Have a professional pest control contractor come out and make sure these problems are handled and removed.
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