Most of us will instinctively run to the hardware store if we have a pest problem in our home. There are times, though, when it really makes more sense to hire a pest control technician to help, especially for serious bug problems that threaten to overrun our home.
Here are some important tips for how to choose a pest control company:
There are so many pest control companies available: www.katypestcontrol.net that arranging for free estimates with an initial pest inspection should not be a problem. It is always advisable to have at least three companies come to your home and give you an estimate, so that you can compare what each advises that you will need, along with the estimated cost. Usually the estimate will come with a time limit, during which time you can decide on the best pest control company for your needs.
Be sure to check the licensing of any pest control company that comes to your home. Their license should be current for your state and they should be able to show you certification for the type of pest control they normally do. They should also give you a written estimate with a detail of the type of services they are offering and the number of treatments they recommend for control of the problem. All pricing should be listed up front.
Some pest control companies will require you to sign a contract for long term service. You will need to decide if a long term contract is really necessary for your pest problem, and whether you can manage the higher cost. The advantage of a long term contract is that regular maintenance is usually involved. You will have less worries about a future infestation if you know the pest control technician will be reappearing in a matter of weeks.
Some pest control companies that offer long term contracts also offer integrated pest management, a wide ranging control program that can help to solve several pest issues at once, and can offer helpful solutions about the best ways to minimize common pest problems at your residence.
Regardless of the length of your contract, some kind of guarantee should be offered by the pest control service, even if it is as nondescript as “satisfaction guaranteed”. This should be a written guarantee, not verbal.
Many pest control companies are now offering treatments that are not harmful to the environment. If you have children or pets, this should definitely be a priority. You should not assume that the company will offer these alternatives automatically.
Let the technician know that eco-friendly alternatives are important to you. He should be able to give you a range of choices, and should be able to discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Learning how to choose a pest control company can be important for your ultimate peace of mind. Follow these tips to be certain to find the right one for your needs.