4 Fail Proof Ways to Find the Best Pest Control Company for Your Home

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Makeba Giles

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Chances are that there are a lot of pest-control companies in your area. They send out flyers, knock on your door, call you when you’re eating dinner, and advertise in your local newspaper. Each one claims to be the best at what they do, but how do you really know?

Pest control services are not inexpensive, and if you are going to hire a company that provides them, you certainly want to get the best value for your money. Most of all, you want to live in a home that has its unwanted creepy crawlies under control, peeking their ugly little heads out as seldom as possible. Here are some tips for a process you can follow that will help you make the best choice.

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Do an Initial Screening

First, you will want to follow the steps that you would take in selecting any kind of company. Start looking on the internet and asking friends and neighbors; based on what you find, develop a list of five to ten names that look the most promising. Make your first phone call to each one. Any of the companies you get in touch with at first should meet these initial screening criteria:

 

  • When you made your initial call, did you get the response you were looking for and was it both polite and informative?
  • If someone had to call you back, was the call made within a reasonable amount of time?
  • Was the company able to supply several solid, current references?
  • Are their services affordable?
  • Have they been in business long enough to have a good depth of experience?

 

It is unlikely that every company on the list will meet your criteria, so this is a good way to cull out the ones you want to do further research on. If it happens that you end up with fewer than three candidates, go back to the Internet and expand your original list. Three is a good number of companies to research in depth.

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Gather More Information on a Small Number

Now that you have a manageable number of possibilities, you can do more in-depth information gathering. This is where you will want to get into the details of pest control and extermination. There are five specific areas you should look into by asking these questions:

 

  1. Do they do an initial inspection of your property before offering a specific set of services? This is a very important first step for the company to take, so that you can be assured that the services they offer match your particular needs. They need to be familiar with your location and terrain, the pests that are commonly found in your area, and any special environmental concerns that either you have or that are guided by law. They will also want to know if you have children and pets in your home.
  1. Fail Proof Ways to Find the Best Pest Control Company for Your HomeWhat range of services does the company provide? How often will they come to your home? Do you have to be at home when they show up? Is the initial visit different from subsequent ones? Are the treatments both indoors and outdoors? What specific pests will they be treating for? Does their treatment include mammal control (rats, raccoons, etc.) as well as insect control? Do they do anything special for termites? Will they remove a wasps’ nest?
  1. What kinds of treatments are used? Many pest-control companies today use environmentally friendly products; other companies maintain a more traditional approach. Each kind of treatment has its own benefits, costs, and measure of effectiveness.
  1. What happens if a pest shows up between treatments? Some companies will respond to “emergency” calls, but others will not come if it’s only one insect and it’s already dead. Make sure you clarify the circumstances under which an unscheduled call will be handled.
  1. What kind of guarantee is the company offering and what do you have to do to keep it in force? Make sure you understand all of your responsibilities here, as well as those of the company. Will they guarantee that your home will be pest-free? In a way, this is a trick question. The fact is that it is difficult to achieve a completely pest-free home, even one that is well treated, so you will want to examine this particular claim very carefully. Usually, what you are aiming for is the best control of pests that you can manage at a reasonable cost, rather than total elimination.

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Ask For Proposals

You’ll need to decide if you want the pest control company to do its work only once or on a regular basis with a specific schedule. Most homeowners opt for on-going, scheduled treatments, since that’s the best way to keep everything under control without really having to think about it. Based on your decision, you can now ask each company for its proposal.

Once you have all three proposals, it’s time to sit down and evaluate them carefully. Call the references you were given, do the math, and figure out which company represents the best fit for your needs.

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Sign the Contract and Then Do Your Part

You’ll make it all official with the pest control company you choose by signing their contract, but don’t think that the contract is just something to put away in a drawer, never to be seen again. You should keep it handy and be thoroughly familiar with its contents. This is the one and only place that says exactly what you will receive in return for your payments, and it is your responsibility, as a conscientious homeowner, to make sure your pest control company is living up to its commitments every step of the way.

In the meantime, don’t forget that there are things you can be doing yourself to minimize infestations, such as keeping things tidy around the house, making sure food is never left exposed, and eliminating standing water, such as in decorative pools. The company you choose may make suggestions as well.

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If you did a good and thorough job in the selection process, it’s a sure bet that your company of choice will do an excellent job for you. Stay vigilant, pull in the welcome mat on unwanted crawly visitors, and be proud of living in a home that is so well cared for.

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  • James Hobusch

    I like what this article mentions about getting more information than just the cost of the service. I have been noticing a few different types of bugs in my home, and it’s getting to the point where it really needs to be controlled. I think that knowing what to expect from hiring a pest control service would be beneficial as I would be able to plan accordingly. Thanks for sharing, I think this will help a lot.