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Selecting the Right Pest Control Company: 8 Things to Look Out For

Pests are a health hazard for both you and your family. Here are 8 Tips for finding the best professional pest control company to get rid of them.

It’s always a pleasure to seek out the exciting presence of nature and the outdoors. There’s so much to enjoy about the wilds of nature, but there is a time and place for it.

When don’t you want to experience the wonders of the natural world? Without our own homes. And yet, keeping pests and things that crawl outside the walls of our home can prove difficult. Often, it takes the help of a professional pest removal company to get things back on track.

If you’re looking for such a service for your home, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. However, there are things you can look out for to help cut through the noise. Read on, and we’ll guide you through how to find the best service for you. 

How Long Has The Company Been In Business?   

When you plan to hand over your hard-earned cash, you want to know for sure that you’ll get the results that you expect. That’s the whole pretense that such an exchange is based on.

We’re not suggesting that some companies are intentionally going to do a bad job (though, look out for that too). But sometimes inexperience can be just as bad or even worse. It takes a lot of knowledge and technical know-how to remove pests and to keep them out.

A job poorly done could lead to only a temporary removal of pests and not the long term results you’d want or expect. 

In this area, nothing can replace experience. Do a little research into how long the companies you’re looking into have been around. If they’re brand new, you might be better off looking for elsewhere unless you’re down for a risk. 

If you can’t find out how long a business has been around for, you can contact an organization such as the Better Business Bureau. You can obtain information about the company as well as find out if any complaints have been leveled against them. 

Ask For References

If you want to be extra cautious when picking out a pest control company, consider asking a company representative for a few references. 

Let’s be honest: you don’t know these people, and you’re planning on letting them come into your home and work. Wouldn’t it be worth it to talk to someone (or a few people) and make sure everything seems fair and good? 

Reaching out to individuals that have hired the company previously can help you rest easier at night. It can also give you a good idea of what to expect when it comes to the service that the company will be providing.

If the company is able to give references and those people seem happy, you should expect your own pest control situation to run similarly. Then in the future, you’ll know that you have found a pest control company to rely on. 

Ask The Right Questions

When feeling out different companies, there are some questions you can ask to ensure that you’ll be getting professional quality service. 

You should ask if the company has a licensed pesticide applicator. An individual is not allowed to handle or spray pesticides unless they’ve received a license from the state. Asking this will ensure the company you’re hiring follows the rules and is legitimate. 

If you want to press for more details, you can inquire about what kind of pesticide the company intends to use. You can also ask at what rate they will be applied to get an understanding of the amount of pesticide that will be present in your home.

You should obviously also inquire about the details important to you: when they will arrive at your home, how long they’ll be there, and how their payment plan works.

Avoid Suspicious Propositions 

There are some red flags that you can keep an eye out for. If a company does something strange, it may be an indication that they are either inexperienced or trying to get extra money from you. 

If a company has contacted you directly prior to your engagement with them, it might be cause for suspicion. In general, it’s best to avoid pest control services that advertise by going door-to-door. If someone rings your bell and claims to have found bugs in your yard, it’s a reason to be skeptical. 

Also, be wary of any company that is vague in terms of the details of their work. If they can’t tell you what pesticide they use or how much they’ll be using, they might not be a very professional service. 

In general, it’s also best not to trust a company who seems to be trying to rush you into signing a contract. 

While some pest situations may truly need a quick solution, you should never feel rushed into making a decision to pay someone. 

Overall, keep your eyes open when it comes to any kind of suspicious behavior. It may be an indication that a company does not have your best interests in mind. 

Professional Pest Control Services

Mice, ants, cockroaches: these are just a few of the kinds of common pests that can wreak havoc on your home. Hiring professional pest control services can help to ensure your home remains a sanctuary from nature.

Need more homeowner’s advice? Check out our blog for more. 

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has three daughters, ages 16,13,7 and a son who is 4. They currently reside in Texas.

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