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The importance of Choosing a Professional Pest Control Company

Do you know how to choose a pest control company in an emergency?

Bee keepers

When it comes to eradicating pests that are venomous, sting or bite, don’t risk your health to save a buck.

Pest problems may crop up that require professional help. The decision of who to hire can impact your family and business.

Consider speaking with several companies before making a choice. Even if your pest problem is pressing, take time to look for a reliable and knowledgeable company that meets your standards.

Before choosing, ask the right questions and evaluate companies in the following areas:

Qualifications mean credibility

Is the company licensed? Most local and state agencies issue pest control licenses. Make sure your pest control operator’s license is current if it’s required in your state.

Check to see if the company’s employees are bonded, meaning the company compensates you for any loss or damage that occurs at the fault of the employee. Possession of a local city license is a good sign the company you’re dealing with is reputable.

Experience is essential

Find out how many years the company you’re looking into has been in business. It’s important newly hired applicators train with more experienced employees. Find out how much experience the company has with treating pest problems like yours.

Transparency is trustworthy

Selecting a pest control service that is professional requires looking for the same high degree of competency you would expect from a healthcare provider or lawyer. Any company, in addition to those advertising themselves as “green,” should examine your property and provide a suggested control program, including:

  • The pests which need to be controlled.
  • The seriousness of the issue.
  • The active ingredients in the pesticide to be used.
  • Potential negative health effectives and usual symptoms of poisoning related to the active ingredient.
  • The form of pesticide and its application techniques.
  • Non-toxic alternatives offered.
  • Special steps to diminish your exposure to the pesticide (i.e. vacating your home, removing pets, or emptying the cupboards).
  • Instructions to reduce your pest issues in the future.

Reliability is a must

Don’t rely on a company salesperson who is motivated by commission to tell you if the company has a good track record. Conduct the research individually.

Ask trusted neighbors, family members, coworkers and friends if they have had any experiences with the company. Were they satisfied with the services and results? Check your local Better Business Bureau (BBB) or state pesticide regulatory office in addition to customer review sites such as Angie’s List and Google My Business listings for information on recent violations, complaints or unresolved issues.

Insurance makes everyone happy

Does the company you’re looking into have appropriate insurance? Ask for paper proof the company is insured. Many contractors carry liability insurance in addition to insurance for abrupt and unexpected pollution.

The insurance provides a certain level of protection should a mishap take place while pesticides are being applied on your property.

Contractors may also carry workmen’s compensation insurance, which can help shield you from out-of-pocket medical expenses if an employee was injured while working in or around your residence.

Though many states do not require insurance, carefully consider potential consequences before hiring a company that is not insured.

Guarantees please

Be skeptical if a company does not guarantee its work. Also, make sure you understand what terms must be followed to keep the guarantee a sealed deal.

For instance, in the case of termite control treatments, a company’s guarantee may prove void if you make structural changes to your home without giving notice to the company beforehand.

A professional alliance

Check if the company you’re looking into is affiliated with a professional pest control association. National, state or local professional associations keep members posted on new developments in pest control methods, safety, research, training and regulations.

Members must follow an ethics code. If a company chooses to join a professional organization, this indicates its concern for superior service.

Make your concerns known

A contract should be developed between you and the company of choice. Your safety concerns should be noted.

Determine the type of pesticides to be used. Concerns might include allergies, sensitivities, age of resident occupants, resident pets, and treatment near fish or other wildlife.

Value

Smart shoppers get bids from several companies and choose value over price. What appears a bargain may deserve a second look. For instance, a company may charge less but not provide guarantees, insurance or comprehensive service.

  • Can the company offer an estimate for its services in writing? (Some offer free estimates).
  • After you get estimates from several companies, compare their rates and services.
  • Does the company require you to sign up for a long-term contract? If so, evaluate the costs.
  • What are the terms of agreement if a company is available to provide a guarantee for its work?

Safety first

If you decide to hire a pest control firm to handle the problem, request the company use the least toxic chemical method available that will provide effective results. Ask to see the label or Material Safety Data Sheet, which will provide precautionary notice.

Make sure the employees are responsible about wearing protective equipment when necessary. Ask the operators what measures they will take to prevent unnecessary exposures and accidents.

Pest Control Houston company Gulf Coast Exterminators hopes these tips will help you decide how to choose a reputable pest control company. Our main goal is to help protect your home, business, and family from unwanted pests.

2 Comments

  1. Deb Pearl says:
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    The company I work for has been having problems with some pests lately and we can’t seem to get rid of them no matter what we do ourselves. We thought it was time to hire a pest control service, but we don’t know how to find a good service. That is a good idea to make sure the company we pick has the right insurance! We would want to be covered if something were to happen! Thanks for the advice and tips!

  2. Ashley Turns says:
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    Since our house has recently been overrun with ants, my husband and I have decided to find a pest extermination business that will be able to help get rid of them. So I appreciate your tip to find a company that will give us a guarantee and that we make sure we understand what that means. I will make sure that the pest extermination business we hire to get rid our ants is able to guarantee us about the job.

  3. Joy Butler says:
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    I agree that safety is the biggest thing to consider when placing chemicals, baits, and poison around your house. I’m worried about my daughter getting to them and ingesting them even if I know that these things are out of her reach so it’s always necessary to follow a strict guideline when it comes to pest control. This is also the same reason why it’s always a must for us to hire a professional pest control company to perform this task. On our part, it would be to always keep our home clean to discourage pest infestation.

  4. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I appreciated your tip you gave to consider multiple bids from different companies. I’d like to get my house sprayed before winter, so this is good to know. I’ll shop around so I can make sure I get the best price possible on my pest control needs.

  5. Marcus says:
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    I totally agree with you in that it is always important to consider speaking with several pest control companies before choosing one. It is important to remember that taking the time to do some research and understand your needs can help you find the type of services you need. We have a mouse invasion and want to make sure we get rid of them before it gets too late, so I’m glad I found your page.

  6. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I agree, reliability is definitely something you have to have when choosing an exterminator for your business. This is important because you want to make sure that they can help you reliably keep the pests from entering your business. It isn’t enough to have them get rid of the pests once, they need to help you come up with a prevention plan as well.

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    Hi, just seen a great article on how to set up your guest manual for you house rental. Good to see.

  8. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Your comment about how a pest control company should offer nontoxic alternatives makes a lot of sense. You would probably want to find something that will not harm your family. My brother needs his house sprayed for cockroaches, so he’ll have to consider a non-toxic alternative.

  9. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    It’s good to know that most state and local agencies require pest control companies to carry proper licensing. I’d like to get my home sprayed for bugs soon, but I haven’t ever hired a pest control service before. I’ll definitely utilize your tip and contact my state pesticide regulatory office to determine what type of licensing I should look for in a good pest control company.

  10. charles walk says:
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    I love that you said that insurance is just another level of protection that is necessary for a pest control company to have. I hadn’t realized how important that was before. My wife noticed some cockroaches in our home this morning, so we want to get them removed as soon as we possibly could. When we look for a pest control company, I will be sure to check their insurance status.

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