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Many household pests can be controlled through a number of preventive measures. But sometimes despite a homeowner’s best effort, pests can get out of control in and around your home. Safety is a big consideration when selecting a pest control company because misused pesticides can damage people’s health and property. So, look beyond the price when choosing a pest control pro.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau, or the EPA to check if any complaints have been filed against a pest control company you may want to hire. You should also check out the company’s references, which they should readily provide when asked. Confirm whether the individual who does the work is a certified and licensed pesticide applicator or a licensed technician. Pest control companies are required to have a certified and licensed commercial pesticide applicator. Other company applicators must be certified applicators or licensed technicians working under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Have the company provide proof of the proper credentials before you decide to hire them for the job.
Beware of companies that say they are endorsed by the EPA, as the EPA does not endorse specific companies. Watch out for pest control pros that say they have a secret extermination formula, or for those who try to pressure homeowners into signing an agreement. Choose your pest control company carefully for the best outcome for your pest control project.
Household pests can carry diseases and are destructive. Rodent nests can be fire hazards, rodents eat through wiring, and insulation. Cockroaches carry allergens and can cause childhood asthma. So, it makes sense to get a pest problem under control. Sometimes this calls for hiring a professional pest control company.
It’s smart to do your homework when hiring an exterminator because pest control comes with many cons. Pest spraying is expensive, and mismanaged toxic pest control agents can damage the health of people and pets. There is the matter of time spent spraying which may result in loss of productivity or at the very least will be an inconvenience. So, practice proper maintenance in the first place to try to prevent having to call in the professionals. But once a pest problem has been identified, make sure you call in the best pros to tackle the task safely and efficiently.
Reliable exterminators will make every effort to eliminate your pest problem. But they also need homeowner cooperation for the most successful outcome. For example, pest control professionals may recommend that a garage door be kept closed, or a screened window be repaired. Homeowners need to follow through on that advice to ensure their pest problem is eradicated. Additionally, pest control professionals can guarantee they can rid a home of roaches. But they cannot guarantee the owner won’t take actions that could cause new roach problem down the line.
To ensure successful pest elimination, be sure to use a company with the proper state and local certifications. If faced with an insect problem, make sure the company has a trained entomologist on hand to discuss and address concerns. Reputable pest control companies will know which pesticides or methods to use for the safest pest elimination. They have access to lower-impact materials like certain plant oils to carry out the elimination. So, pest control can work within reason. The key is in selecting the best local company, cooperating with the company’s recommendations, and keeping up on maintenance once the pest control has been carried out.
First and foremost, it’s best to establish whether you have an actual pest problem. Ask an extermination company for an in-home inspection. Some companies offer an inspection free of charge, others waive a fee if you wind up booking a service.
If you do have a pest control problem, and have located a reliable company that can provide proof of the proper credentials, you will have a number of choices of treatment options. The least expensive option will likely be a one-time treatment. The success of the one-time treatment depends on the type of pest, the degree of infestation, and the products the company uses. You may opt for the more expensive complete service. This usually entails a few visits. The pest control pro will assess the situation and come up with a plan to deal with the pests safely and effectively. Some companies offer innovative solutions such as heat treatments, or heat combined with fumigation. This may be costly, but if you have a severe issue, this might be the best option to choose. Pests can be annoying, destructive and carry disease. The longer an infestation goes on, the more difficult it will be to eliminate. You must decide whether pest control is worth it for your home and needs.
The cost of pest control will vary based on many factors including what type of pests you’re dealing with, and how often you require the service. Other factors that affect the cost include geographical location. Homeowners outside standard service areas (a set distance from the pest control company’s headquarters) may expect to pay additional fees. Wealthier neighborhoods may have larger properties within which a pest problem must be addressed which will be more expensive. Square footage of a home affects the price of pest control, a bigger home requires more product and labor. Homeowners may need to pay the exterminator for a one-time visit which will include investigating the problem, or for periodic visits. Some pest control companies offer quarterly contracts, occasionally a company will waive a fee if an issue crops up between quarterly visits.
If you prefer eco-friendly pest control products, expect to pay a higher price. Shop around for the best price, but keep in mind that competency is key when hiring a pest control company.
Properly licensed professionals can carry out a pest elimination service safely and effectively. Consult the free Porch project cost guides to get an idea about how much professional pest control should cost in your area.
Start by asking how long a company has been in business. Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured. The company should be able to provide proof of the proper credentials. Ask if the company has online reviews or testimonials that you can check out. Also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has a above-board track record. Ask the company how they decide which treatments are needed. Because not everyone is an expert on pests, ask the pros whether the pests are likely to return.
Ask how serious is the infestation, how long the pests have likely been in the home, and how long it will take to do an effective elimination. See if the company can offer a written quote, and stick to it. Additionally, ask whether the extermination products will be safe for pets and people. A reliable pest control company should be able to explain why their treatments are safe, and whether you need to leave the premises during the treatment. Go ahead and ask all the questions you need to in order to feel you can trust a pest control company to provide safe and effective pest elimination.