By employing a few helpful tips and exercising sound judgment in your search, you can rest assured that you’re partnering with the right company one that can both assist in eliminating a current infestation and reducing future pest problems. The following three recommendations will serve as a guide to hiring a licensed pest control company.
Take Your Time/Do Your Homework When most people discover a pest problem, they want the problem eliminated immediately. However, most problems can wait a few days so you have time to select a competent, reasonably priced company. It is wise to obtain several estimates from prospective companies. Most companies will provide free estimates.
Evaluate pest control companies that are members of national, state or local pest control associations.
Look for companies that actively participate in their national, state or local association as those memberships speak to their commitment to protecting public health and property as well as a desire to receive ongoing education about new technologies and treatment techniques. These memberships also mean these companies will strictly adhere to state and federal regulations.
The Technician Before allowing the pest control provider to enter your home, ask to see his or her identification, license, and certification, and check to ensure it is current. Almost every state requires that technicians be certified and that they participate in annual training to keep the license current.
References Before calling a pest control company, ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Check with your state pest control association, or visit www.npma.com for a state-by-state list of providers. It is always wise to check any company with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org). If you did not receive any personal recommendations, you may want to ask the provider for references and follow up with calls to the customers provided.
Price The lowest price is not always the best deal. If a company says it will solve your problem in one service for $X, and your problem still exists after you've paid for that service, you haven't saved any money. Instead, you will most likely need to start over with another service provider and end up paying a great deal more than if you had chosen quality over price the first time.
Contract If you are hiring a company for ongoing service, discuss your options with the technician, or sales representative. Will quarterly service take care of the problem? Or do you need monthly service? Perhaps you will start with monthly, or more frequent, service to eliminate the problem, then drop to a less frequent maintenance schedule once it is solved. Be sure to read the contract carefully, understand all fine print, and ask questions before you sign on the line.
Doing this and more will help you find the ideal pest control company to work with.
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