Like it or not, pests in the home are a fact of life. And the truth is, most people will end up having to call a professional pest control service — no matter whether it’s to get rid of a serious bug problem in the kitchen, rats in the attic, or something more serious like a termite infestation that has spread throughout the entire house.
Frankly, there’s an art to finding the right pest control company.
So, how can you be absolutely positive that you’re hiring one that truly knows how to handle your particular pest problem?
Well, one of the best ways to be sure is by following these four basic tips that savvy homeowners take advantage of before they ever pick up the phone:
Make sure you know what type of service you are getting. If you’re not careful, you may get a pest control company that only includes a “spray and pray method.” Yes, it’s less expensive but, as the name implies, it isn’t always effective. If you’re looking for a more reliable solution, consider a company that offers a regular comprehensive integrated pest management program where they look for and identify conditions around your home that are conducive to pests — and then address them. And if they’re not able to fix any issues themselves, then they should make you aware of what needs done. A typical pest management program may include spider web removal, wasp nest removal, termite monitoring, exterior rodent stations, and an exterior treatment.
Look for a company that includes many pests in their program. Many companies will charge extra for pests like voles, fleas, wasps, carpenter ants, and pantry pests, just to name a few. However, many pest control companies typically include all pests besides termites, mosquitos, and bed bugs at no extra charge.
Look for a company that’s QualityPro Certified. Not all pest control services are created equal. In fact, less than 3% of all US companies are given the QualityPro Certified designation by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. When you contract with a pro-certified pest control business, you’ll ensure that you’re dealing with a company that holds themselves to the highest standards in the industry.
Get a guarantee. If you’re on a regular pest control program, it’s important to make sure you don’t have to pay for any pest problems that may arise in-between services. Reputable companies will always include a warranty with your service.
By following these simple tips, you’ll never have to worry about being, well … bugged by a pest control company that isn’t up to the job.
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