Important Things to Consider When Hiring a Pest Control Company

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Sometimes you just can’t handle the problem yourself. The bed bugs are too much, the mosquitoes are multiplying at an alarming rate, and if you see one more mouse dropping…

Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle a pest infestation alone. Hiring a pest control company will allow someone else to take care of the problem while you gain valuable peace of mind, knowing you aren’t sharing your home with several families of spiders.

But what should you look for in pest control companies, and how can you know when you’ve found your match – the company that is going to save your sanity while allowing you to feel confident walking barefoot in your home again?

Is the Company Professional?

This seems like a no-brainer, but when dealing with something as emotional as a kitchen pest infestation, you may not think to stop and check credentials. If you really want those ants out of your pantry for good, credentials are crucial.

Is the company bonded and insured? Pest control companies aren’t always required to be insured, but it would be wise to only hire a company that carries insurance. If an accident happens, you deserve protection.

How does their website look (if they even have one)? Can you get a feel for their values, and do they align with your own?

Is the Company Knowledgeable?

When you talk to the technician, does he have a good understanding of common pest problems in your area? If you describe the appearance of the pest, can he give you a confident answer of what you’re likely dealing with? Has the company had success in eradicating this particular pest from other homes in the area?

Do Other People Recommend the Pest Control Company?

Talk to your neighbors and friends about the pest control companies they’ve hired. When you’ve settled on a company you’d like to work with, check them out on the Better Business Bureau website as well as other popular reviews sites such as Google+ and Yelp. You can even ask the company for references.

Does the Technician Thoroughly Investigate?

Your technician should listen to all your descriptions of the pest – what it looks like if you’ve seen it, where the droppings have been found, and what sounds you’ve heard. Then, he should actually inspect your home to find evidence of the pests. Once that has been done, a treatment plan for your specific pest should be put in place.

Does the Contract Check Out?

If you have an infestation, you’ll most likely need recurring service. Oftentimes, monthly (or even more frequent) services will be required until the pest problem is under control, and then they can taper off to more spaced-out intervals. Ask questions, and understand the terms of the contract before you sign.

How Do You Feel About the Chemicals?

Ask questions about the chemicals the pest control company plans to use. What affects do they have on pets and humans? Will you need to leave your home? Do they offer non-chemical options? Ask for a Material Safety Data Sheet and specimen label for each chemical being used.

Do They Offer a Guarantee?

A guarantee sweetens any deal, and at a minimum, your pest control company should offer a guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with their service. This inspires confidence in the company and allows you to work with them as the process continues.

Does the Company Affiliate Itself with a Professional Pest Control Association?

You can tell if a company is dedicated to quality if they affiliate with a professional pest control association, as these associations hold their members to certain code of standards and ethics. In addition, these associations keep their members informed of new processes and safety measures. A company that stays on top of this industry knowledge is a company that cares about the service they offer.

Continue to Evaluate

Pest control is not “set it and forget it.” Keep looking for signs of pests even as you’re receiving pest control services. A good pest control company will keep working with you throughout the whole process. Nobody likes to need a pest control company, but when you find the right one, you’ll worry a lot less knowing someone has it all under control.

If you’re looking for a professional pest control company in the Austin area, please contact Spott Pest Prevention at (512) 402-7121 or request a free pest control quote online!

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21 responses to “Important Things to Consider When Hiring a Pest Control Company”

  1. […] out of your home and yard. If you’re still battling bugs after trying these methods, however, find a local pest control service company to find the source of your problem and eliminate all […]

  2. These are some great tips for finding a good pest control company. Finding someone who is professional is what I want to do for our mouse problem. Hopefully they will be insured, even if they’re not required.

  3. Alice Jones says:

    I agree that when hiring a pest control company, the technician should fully investigate the home for the pests. A technician should be thorough with the search for pests so that the clients are happy with the removal of the infestation. Thank you for listing these tips, before I hire a pest control company I’ll refer back to this list.

  4. John Mahoney says:

    We just moved to a new house and it looks like we have an ant problem. Thank you for talking about choosing pest control services that are guaranteed to work. It is important to remember that doing this can help you now that your money is well invested and that your family is safe from pests.

  5. Frank Archer says:

    This was an awesome with helpful content. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Thank you very much for sharing..

  6. One smart way to check is by asking people for recommendations. Since these people have already dealt with the pest control professionals first hand, you would then know best if they are good enough based on their reviews. But of course, checking out their qualifications and services will be of great help as well.

  7. Frank Archer says:

    Very interesting insight. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Thank you very much for sharing..

  8. Great article. Valuable tips.

  9. I like your tip to check popular review sites to find out if the pest control company is recommended by others. When doing so, make sure to read both positive and negative reviews. Doing so can help you avoid receiving only biased opinions. After you’ve hired a pest control service and they’ve taken care of all the pests in your home, make sure to leave a review to help others out as well.

  10. Thanks for the tips for choosing a pest control company. My house has been riddled with pests for the last few weeks, and I need somebody to come and get rid of them. I like that you mentioned to find a company that offers a guarantee on their work. That way, if their methods don’t fully get rid of the pests, they will come back. I will definitely ask about that.

  11. Kyle Winters says:

    I really like the advice you give about the technician and what they should do when they visit your home to evaluate the pest problem. After all, you want to make sure that they thoroughly understand what your experience with the pest has been. This should help them to determine the right course of action to deal with the offending insects or rodents.

  12. Kylie Dotts says:

    I like your advice to ask questions about the chemicals that might be used. Ants have been a constant problem in our house and we will need the help of a pest control service soon. We have small children though and they enjoy running around and get into everything they shouldn’t so knowing what the chemicals might do is important so we can prepare them to not get into anything hazardous.

  13. I’ll be sure to use your tip and talk to neighbors about recommendations for a pest control company. I suspect I may have a rodent problem, but I don’t know which company to go with. I’d feel more comfortable hiring a pest control company that has provided my neighbors with adequate service in the past.

  14. Thanks for the tips for hiring a pest control company. I definitely want someone who will thoroughly investigate the pests, so he or she can be sure to get rid of them all. We have mice in our basement, so this is good to learn.

  15. I like that you mentioned talking to your neighbors about referrals to good companies. If you are experiencing some problems with bugs, chances are your neighbors have the same issue. You may want to consider using the same company at the same time in this case.

  16. Your advice to meet with the technician and make sure they understand the common pest problems in your area and to talk to them about your situation would be useful. This could help you find one that has the skills, knowledge, and experience to handle your problem. In order to do this, you’d probably want to look online for which pest control services are in your area and make sure they have experience with your type of infestation and then call them in order to set up an appointment where you can ask them questions and learn more about their services.

  17. I have creepy crawlers all over my house, and I would like to get rid of them. I like how you pointed out that when it comes to hiring a pest control company, that it is smart to check out the contract. This is something that seems obvious, but is a good reminder so that I know everything that will go on.

  18. I like that you mentioned asking about non-chemical options. We have two small dogs that dig and get everywhere in the house and yard. I don’t want to risk them getting sick over some pest control substance.

  19. My husband and found a termite infestation in the attic of our house the other day. We need to find a pest control company but have never looked into hiring one before. You make a really good point about looking into how the contract check out to see if it will be able to taper off to more spaced out intervals. Thanks for the advice, I will have to remember to ask questions about the terms before signing.

  20. Heather says:

    Asking the chemical question is important for any family, especially if there are young children and animals present. There are plenty of natural options that can be implemented if one has concerns over the toxicity. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Recently, my husband and I have noticed a number of signs indicating a rodent problem. We want to make sure this issue is taken care of by a professional before it becomes any worse. Like you said, we will want to ensure that when we talk to potential technicians, they have a good understanding of the common pest control issues in our area.

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