Spring is in full force and bugs are emerging all over. Many people will start to notice all this bug activity and seek out pest control. What should you look for in hiring a pest control company?
Here is a quick list so that you get the results that you want from a pest control company.
Know What a Pest Control Company Can Do
Pest control companies can do many things to help with prevention of pests in and around your home. If you live near a wooded area though your propensity to have bugs are increased and a pest control professional can help but may not be able to get eradication results. There are always circumstances that can be present which make the job difficult for a pest professional.
What you want to look for are pest professionals who listen to your expectations and are honest about their capacity & timeline to help you reach those expectations. A pest professional that promises the moon is often setting you and them for a letdown.
What To Look For Hiring A Pest Control
- DO YOUR RESEARCH: Compare prices. It is not a bad idea to get bids from at least three different pest control companies before making a decision, especially if the scope of services is extensive. Feel free to get references from friends and colleagues. Internet reviews can be helpful but often can be rated low as happy customers are less prone to post reviews versus that one or two angry individuals. If a pest control company offers to give your house a free inspection for pests feel free to take advantage of that. However, be cautious if they then pressure you for immediate or costly treatments. If you seek out multiple quotes you will have a good feeling which company you trust and feel safer with.
- CHECK LICENSING & SAFETY: Hire a qualified pest control company and verify they meet state licensing requirements with the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture. All pest control companies should have liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment. It is a good idea to ask about that in case your house were to sustain damage that they would be able to fix it. Pesticides and pest control products can be dangerous, be sure to ask the company about the safety of the chemicals they are using. A really good company will explain that to you without prompting, but knowing what is spread around you home is a good practice.
- REVIEW YOUR CONTRACT: If a pest control company wants you to sign a service contract be sure you understand the nature of that contract. If a company is trying to insert extra services you may want to rethink working with them. Know what pests are expected to be exterminated with the services contracted for. Often people sign up for termite treatments and wonder why they have bugs in and around their house. Termite treatments are different than general pest treatments. Alternately, if you have general pest treatments, you may not be covered for termites. If you have a specific infestation and they require you to do work necessary to solve the problem you will want to make sure you have solid understanding of that so that you do no inadvertently void a contract. If there are guarantees be sure they are clearly stated in writing with details about the service agreement. Understand what the “what if” procedures are if a pest problem arises after being under their pest services.
If you are thorough with these steps you will have a good understanding of the hiring a pest control companies in your area. The likelihood of making a decision that makes you and your family happy is higher. The likelihood of enduring pest problems in diminished.