Do you have creepy crawlies or unwanted critters trying to live in your home? Have all your DIY methods failed? It is time to call pest control to take care of this problem. Before you hire a company, though, you must ask these questions.
Do they offer a free in-person estimate?
An over-the-phone general estimate may seem like a quick and easy answer, but it is usually a poor one. This is because they have no idea what your specific problem is and will likely tack on additional charges that they “didn’t know about” when they do the job. You want the pest control company to stop by, give your problem an inspection, and then receive an estimate that they will stand behind with no hidden fees.
What treatments work for your problem?
Pest problems are not a one size fits all deal; each issue has a different solution. You want to ask which treatment will work best for your problem and if the company provides that option.
What if it doesn’t work?
Let’s face it; there is a chance that it isn’t going to work! What happens then? You should ask your pest control company about their warranty policy or guarantee of services. Evaluate their answers thoroughly before choosing a company.
Is the treatment safe for humans, pets, and your garden?
Some pest control treatments are downright toxic, and others are safe to be around. Before hiring a pest control company, ask if the treatment is safe for humans, pets, and your garden. Make sure to provide and get details. Cats may respond differently to pest control treatments than a lizard or bird, so you want to make sure the answer applies to your household. In addition, be sure to ask what pesticides they are using; if they don’t know or don’t want to answer, that is a big red flag telling you to choose someone else.
Is the company properly licensed, bonded, and insured?
You don’t want some unlicensed company coming into your home with dangerous chemicals, right? No way! Ask your pest control company if they are appropriately licensed, bonded, and insured. Plus, don’t just take their word for it. Ask for proof of license and insurance before signing the contract.
How much experience do they have?
Is the company brand new, or have they been around for decades? Experience is something that you want to consider before choosing a pest control company. Inquire what the company’s experience is as well as the training (past and ongoing) of their technicians.
Do they have testimonials or reviews?
Reviews are everything! Don’t just look at the reviews on the company website, but at online reviews from places like Google, Facebook, or Yelp. See what people have to say about the company because you will likely receive the same experience.
Do you need pest control services? Reach out to your local pest control company to inquire about a free quote today!