Mark Maxwell – Senior Advisor
Top Things to Consider When Choosing a Pest Control Company
A pest infestation in your home is not only frustrating but can also pose a serious health risk. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, at least 500,000 people suffer from insect bites and stings and are admitted to hospitals each year. What’s worse is that insect stings are responsible for around 90 deaths per year. As a homeowner, the only response to a pest infestation is to contact a pest control company ASAP! But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which pest control company is right for you? Below we cover the top things to consider when choosing a pest control company.
This is typically the first thing that most people consider. It’s okay to have a reasonable budget and look for pest control services that can suit your budget. However, it’s not always about getting the cheapest services available because you also have to consider the quality of service. It’s important to pay a pest control company what their services are worth because you don’t want to have to hire another company for a repeat job, which could be more costly than you planned. Another important thing is to make sure you get the final quote to avoid hidden costs down the line.
You also want to consider whether the pest control company offers specialized services that apply to your specific situation. There are different types of pest infestations. The most common type of pest infestations involve termites, ants, bees, cockroaches, and mosquitoes. Some pest control companies provide generalized services, meaning they can help you remove any one of the common pests. However, other pest control companies are more specialized, and you might want to consider their services if you’re dealing with a severe infestation. The important thing is to make sure you hire a pest control company that can address the infestation once and for all.
When it comes to services, you also want to consider if you’ll need additional services. In some instances, you may need remediation if the infestation has resulted in structural damage. Examples of remediation include sealing entry points and caulking cracks to prevent further infestations. Fortunately, it’s possible to find pest control companies that can help you with that in one package deal.
PEST CONTROL METHODS
Generally, you should opt for a pest control company that uses natural and organic pest management solutions for several reasons. For starters, it’s what’s best for the environment because harsh chemicals sprayed around the home can end up polluting the environment. In addition, harsh chemicals are designed to exterminate pests instead of managing them. Keep in mind that whatever pests you’re dealing with have a role to play in the ecosystem, and the goal is not to kill them but to remove them from your space effectively.
Most importantly, harsh chemicals can exacerbate health problems because they linger long after being used. If there’s someone or a pet in your household with sensitivities and allergies, they could be severely affected. On the other hand, natural and organic pest management solutions are less likely to worsen respiratory problems like asthma and are eco-friendly.
CERTIFICATION, LICENSING, AND INSURANCE
When choosing the best pest control company for your needs, you will want to make sure all their paperwork is in order. Whatever state you live in, it’s required by law for providers to have a work permit or license. In order for a pest control service provider to be granted a work permit or license, they have to have all the right certifications, so that’s your way of knowing that they are at least reputable and legitimate. Another important factor to consider is whether the pest control company is insured. It’s best if the company is insured because you’ll be covered if there’s any damage that occurs to your property as a result of the treatment process. In addition, if someone from the service crew gets injured during the treatment, your liability towards them will be reduced if the provider is insured.
REFERENCES AND REPUTATION
Using referrals to find a reputable pest control company is a tried and tested method. If the company is well known for doing a good job, then someone in your circle should be able to recommend them to you. You can also do your own research online by looking at the company’s ratings and reviews.
Finding a reputable and experienced pest control company requires due diligence and a company that’s honest and transparent about its services. Get in touch if you need our services, and we will be happy to assist.