How to Pick a Competent and Reliable Pest Control Company

Dealing with insects and unwanted animals in your home can be such a hassle, but looking for the right professionals to handle them can be quite easy. But because of the various types of pests and the possibly poisonous chemicals used in pest control, you need to pick a reputable company.

Insurance

When you consider a certain service, inquire if they are insured, especially if the pests involved are termites. Homeowner’s insurance generally won’t include termite repairs or treatments, so your pest control company should be able to install a good baiting system, or treat your exterior to keep these so-called white ants away.

Warranties

Warranties provided by pest control professionals typically don’t include a damage clause. When you sign a contract, ask if such a clause exists; if so, be sure you understand what it covers exactly. If you find their warranty program too expensive, a yearly termite inspection is a must.

License, Certification and Specialization

Be sure to hire a pest control company that meets your state’s licensing requirements. Moreover, they should be specialists in the specific bug or nuisance animal that’s giving you a 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, don’t be happy with a verbal confirmation. Tell them to show evidence that they are licensed, certified and insured.

Client References

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 the best way to find out is simply to talk to their past clients. Have them provide you some references, and if they don’t oblige, they’ve probably done something they don’t want you to know.

The Process

They may be the experts, but you’re still the client so you need to know how exactly they plan to solve your pest problem. Will they use baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to let them present their plan in written form, so it can be compared with other written plans you get from your other prospects.

Fine Print

In most cases, a pest control company will classify its services as general pest control or termite control. Your contract should be in written form and match the service you need. Take time to read and understand every detail.

Your Instincts

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 something or someone from the company makes you feel uncomfortable in some way, forget it. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.

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