For homeowners, it’s a great challenge to find good pest control companies. Pest control isn’t usually included in homeowner’s insurance policies, so finding the right company can be a bit challenging. Pest control can be extremely expensive and businesses with good reputations are often willing to charge more to ensure their clients’ satisfaction. Many businesses work as independent contractors, so finding the best company can take some research on your part. Here are several tips for finding reputable pest control services:
Asking family and friends for recommendations can often lead you to the best pest control companies around. The individuals who know the best will have experienced the services they recommend, and will likely not recommend companies based on price alone. The prices vary greatly, too, since each business s approach is different, and there are many variables that affect what you’ll pay: infestation level, pest type, and amount of infestation spread. Also, exterminators may not always guarantee their work, so you’ll want to ask about that, as well.
A pest control company may also be called in to perform the extermination of mice or rats. In these cases, the exterminator will apply pesticides that kill mice and rats while they’re underground. They do not use baits or traps for the purpose, however. Mice and rats are known for tunneling under carpets and furniture, so having the exterminator expose them to the pesticides (by attaching a camera to the nozzle) is crucial. Usually, the extermination of mice and rats involves several visits, with each lasting several days. It’s important to call in a professional if you suspect an infestation of mice or rats.
Check out your phone book or the Internet for listings of pest control companies in your area. Some companies offer pest control services for free, but many will bill you if their services are needed. Be sure to check the phonebook carefully, because some businesses may list services that aren’t available in your area. Another good source of information is to call your local chamber of commerce, city or county officials, or even your local fire department, to get estimates on extermination services, and what companies provide those services.
Once you’ve contacted several companies, check out what they can offer you. Ask about their services for infestations of bugs, ants, and spiders; ask about their record of success, both in terms of how long they’ve been in business and the kinds of pests they specialize in. Find out which kinds of pesticides each company uses, and what their record says about those products. Some pest control companies use organic pesticides, so be sure to ask about that, too. (Many companies have been sued or at least recommended to be careful about using certain kinds of chemicals.)
Lastly, be sure to ask about a company’s longevity. You want to know that the pest control company you choose will stay in business for at least the minimum amount of time necessary for you to solve your pest problem. If you’re not sure when that might be, you’ll probably end up hiring a new one within a year or two since pest management companies aren’t required to have a long waiting list. A few good pest control companies have been in business for over 30 years.