How to Choose Pest Control Pro
We who own homes spend much of our free time maintaining our space to prolong the value of the house and keep ourselves (and family members) comfortable. Even if you are a diehard do-it-yourselfer, pest management is a task most people contract with a professional.
Typically, homeowners call the exterminator only after insects arrive. Whether doing preventive treatments or responding to an emergency, you should know where to go.
When it comes to choosing the right exterminator, following these general guidelines:
- Ask for recommendations from friends and family
- When evaluating a company, ask for credentials
- Compare companies and search for value rather than price. If the job is expensive, get bids.
- Make deliberate decisions, don’t rush
Read the guarantee and know what it covers. It is your responsibility to educate yourself about what you are paying for. You should understand what the guarantee does and does not include, how long it lasts, and what kind of continuing prevention, treatments, or inspection may be necessary. What is your role in keeping the guarantee enforced? Additionally, make the company is insured in case of an accident.
Do your research: check with your regulatory agency – typically the state Department of Agriculture – for details about any company doing business in your area. It is also helpful to become informed about the nature of whatever pest you are dealing with before and during your negotiations with a pest control company. Your own knowledge helps create a more productive dialogue with the technician who comes to your home.