How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company Or Exterminator
The following guide will help you avoid fraudulent wildlife control companies and help you select a business that can get the job done right.
When it comes to the integrity of your home or office, you can’t cut corners on quality. This is especially true if you’re dealing with pests who threaten your building. Only skilled professionals are qualified to deal with these costly risks. For this reason, it’s critical that you find the best exterminator on the market, rather than just going with the first company you see.
Finding the Right Pest Control Company
To tell whether a wildlife control company has the skills to do the job right, ask:
“How long have you been doing this?” The more experience an exterminator has in your community, the more they know what specific pests inhabit your area and how to deal with them effectively.
“Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?” Never work with an exterminator who isn’t licensed for pest control or lacks the necessary insurance and bonding. It’s not just that they won’t do a good job. If they’re not insured, they can’t pay for damages they cause, forcing you to cover potentially exorbitant bills.
“What do your past customers say about your results and customer service?” Ask the exterminator for reviews and testimonials from past customers. Never trust one that hides this information.
“How do you decide how to treat my home?” Look for an exterminator that carefully judges what pests have invaded your home and how extensive the infestation is before deciding on treatment. If a company uses a “one size fits all” approach, they won’t be able to deal with the problem effectively.
“How long does the solution last?” You want an exterminator who can eliminate infestations for the long haul, so you don’t have to treat your home or office again every few months.
“Are there any harmful side-effects?” Make sure the pest control service uses treatments that are safe for you, your family, your employees, and your pets.
By asking these questions, you make sure your pest control service is capable and trustworthy. This leads to fewer problems and a cleaner, safer building.
How to Spot Pest Control Scammers
While some pest control companies are merely unprepared for the work they have to do, others are openly fraudulent. It’s important to watch out for all scammers, especially those that:
Hide Behind Single Licenses - Some pest control companies claim they’re fully licensed when in-fact they have just one or two employees with licenses. These employees then train and oversee their coworkers but can’t make sure the others are doing a good job. To avoid this scam, ask to see the license of the individual who will work on your building.
Push Perpetual Contracts - Scammers can convince you to sign-up for an endless series of treatments, always claiming your house or office is not pest-free. Be wary of anyone who asks you to sign a contract without a clear end date. Ask them to explain specifically why you need so many treatments. If they can’t, it’s a scam.
Use Questionable Methods - Fraudulent pest control companies often use ineffective methods that are cheaper than the real thing. For example, if you have bed bugs, scammers may promise to remove them with a portable heater. But no portable heater can heat enough of your house to end something as widespread as a bed bug infestation.