There are many reasons that someone chooses to contact a pest control professional to help take care of a pest problem inside of a home. Some pests, including bed bugs and termites, can cause a homeowner serious stress and can cause serious damage to a reputation and to the structure itself. If a home or apartment is overrun with rats, mice, cockroaches, ants or another annoying pests, the situation could feel like it has gotten out of control and calling a pest control professional is the best solution for reclaiming your property from invading pests. If you have come to the realization that a pest problem on your property is not going away without the help of a professional, choosing the right professional for you is the next step. Not all pest control companies are the same, and so we have a few tips to offer you in helping you pick the right company for you and your pest control needs.
Talk to Friends
Firstly, talk to friends and family to see if they can recommend a reputable pest control professional. You can also look in the yellow pages for a pest control professional, but don’t stop there. Just having a name in the yellow pages does not assure a good company- you will want to check and see if the company is approved by Angie’s List, or the Better Business Bureau. It would be wise to come up with a list of pest control professionals to contact, so that you have a few options to choose from.
Do the Research
Next, you need to do your research. Look to see if these pest control companies have a presence online. Having a website that is well done and organized shows that a company cares about how the public perceives it, and wants to make a good impression. You should look on the website for information on the company; including how long they have been in business, if they can provide you with references or testimonials, if they belong to any recognized national associations, and if they offer any service guarantees. If this information is not available on their website, you should either call or e-mail them with these questions. It is important to know that you are dealing with a reputable pest control professional who cares whether or not your pest problem is alleviated. Other questions you may want to consider asking: Are the technicians licensed? Do they offer non-chemical and eco-friendly solutions? How soon can they get to you, and how long does the service take? Do they offer annual service agreements to proactively protect against future pest problems?
Consider the Cost
Another factor to consider is the cost. Getting estimates from your prospective companies will help you decide which company to choose to take care of your pest problem. Some companies advertise cheap prices, but you must remember that you always get what you pay for. Having a less expensive price for service does not always mean you’re getting the best attention to detail or that your pest problem will be taken care of immediately. You will want to choose a professional that offers a price you can afford while promising to get rid of your pest, and help keep the problem from returning.
A Reputable Pest Control Company
Choosing a pest control company that considers how their services impact the environment is also important. You don’t want a company that is going to come into your home and spray chemicals and pesticides everywhere, leaving your family and your pets coughing and choking on fumes for days after treatment. You want to know that the professional you choose is going to use pesticides sparingly and responsibly, and that the pest problem is still going to be resolved.
To protect your home and your business, it is important to be an informed consumer. You are in control of whom you invite onto your property to take care of your pest problem. Be picky- don’t just settle for the first company you see with the lowest price. Look around and you will realize that you have many different options for choosing the best pest control professional, and the one that is right for you.