The first sighting of any pest, be it an insect or rodent, is often a tale-tell sign of a pest invasion and you most likely need to get in touch with a pest control company in your area. Choosing the right pest exterminator may not be a straightforward affair as you may think, especially when you are expecting quality services that provide long-term results. To ensure that you get your money’s worth by receiving superior service, you need to review a few issues before you hire the exterminator.
1. Know Your Foe
A pest infestation can be one where you are dealing one type or invasion such as termites, or you may be dealing with more than one as is the case with having rodents, roaches, and mites. Whatever the problem your home faces, it is wise to know your foe so that you can identify which type of pest exterminator to call. For instance, you may have an annual garden pest problem where termites invade at a particular time of the year, every year, like clockwork. Or it could be wild animals that seek refuge or new places to call home at certain times of the year. Knowing your pest problem is the first step towards finding a lasting solution.
2. Do Your Research
While whipping out your smartphone to do a quick online search for a reputable pest control company near you may yield great results, it is no replacement for doing extensive research on the contractor to hire. The first resource to leverage in your search should be your colleagues or neighbors. Ask them for recommendations, especially from those who have dealt with pest invasion before. The local media is also another option; where you can check for ads on the TV, radio, or local newspapers to find professionals that offer the services you seek. Also, consider checking the local directory.
3. Inquire About Their Treatment Techniques
The pest control industry has different service providers. Some have the experiences and resources to deal with any pest problem while others specialize in only one to two types of pests. Moreover, the different providers may apply varied treatment methods when dealing with the unwelcome home invaders. However, any experienced pest control service provider will always start with inspecting the home to know the pest issue, assess the extent of the problem, and recommend the best treatment. They will take the time to explain the products and techniques they will use to rid your home of the pest problem.
4. Above Reproach
The most experienced service provider will often be of good repute regarding their line of work. However, you still need to dig a bit to affirm that you are hiring an experienced pest control contractor of excellent reputation. You can know this by using the internet as a tool to research on the pest control company; to do background checks and to fish for testimonials that help convince you that you are hiring the right candidate for the job.
5. License & Insurance
Lastly, the exterminator you hire should be registered with the local pest control authority and have a valid license of the trade. The contractor should also have the required insurance. A pest control company that has these and will show them to you as proof is likely to provide quality services with long-term results.