Choosing a pest control service is one of the most important decisions you can make regarding your quality of life in and around your house. Without an effective pest control service, your house could quickly transform from a peaceful escape to an infested nightmare.
Choosing a pest control service is one of the most important decisions you can make regarding your quality of life in and around your house. Without an effective pest control service, your house could quickly transform from a peaceful escape to an infested nightmare. Pest control companies offer different services at different prices and use different techniques and chemicals to rid your home of pests. So, to ensure that you are making the best decision for you and your home, follow these steps:
Take Your Time
If you spot a spider in your home, it might be your first instinct to call the first pest control company you find on Google. But if you want to be satisfied with the results of the treatment and your ongoing relationship with the company, you should take your time to find the right company. Over two or three days, you should talk to friends and family about their experiences and do your homework instead of hastily inviting a company to spray unknown and potentially harmful chemicals in your home.
Do Your Research on Pest Control Techniques
Because how are you supposed to know which pest control company uses the least harmful chemicals with the best results unless you are knowledgeable about the techniques they use? One resource you can count on for reliable, accurate information is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make sure that neither your family nor the environment will be harmed in the process of eliminating pests.
Interview Several Pest Control Companies
One of the most crucial steps you need to take during your two or three day research period is interviewing several pest control companies in your area. Ask what chemicals the technicians use, if technicians are required to undergo background checks and licensing, if the company is insured, if the company guarantees its work, and if the company is willing to give you a list of references. Additionally, you can call your State Pesticide Regulatory agency to get an objective opinion on the pest control companies in your area.
Do a Trial Run Before Signing a Contract
If possible, ask any potential pest control service if you can do a trial run prior to signing a contract with them. This will allow you to see firsthand the professionalism and knowledgeability of the technicians, the actual cost of the service, and the effectiveness of the treatments. If a company does not allow you to do a trial run, you should not immediately write them off. As long as they have a solid track record (and preferably a recommendation from someone you know), you can probably feel comfortable signing a year-long contract.