You’ve tried the DIY versions and, yep, you need a professional.
Consider asking these important questions when it comes to selecting the pest control professional you need and deserve.
Question 1: Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured?
This is absolutely necessary. Pest control companies work with chemicals and need to have specific licenses. And insurance protects you, as well as them, from any costly damages or unfortunate incidents. Ask for proof of license and insurance when you get your inspection. Never use a pest control company that doesn’t have these qualifiers.
Question 2: Do you offer a written quote up front?
Watch out for contractors who pitch low estimates only to add on hidden charges later. Many companies will give free inspections and then give you a written estimate of all your costs before work begins. This allows you to see everything upfront so you won’t get hit with hidden fees. It also allows you to discuss treatment options such as how many times you’ll need treatment or what kind of chemicals would need to be used. If the company only does estimates initially, ask them to make a written quote of all expenses after you have them out to check out your house (before any work is done). Make sure they stand by that written quote.
Question 3: Are your treatments safe for pets and people?
Modern treatments are usually totally safe for people and their pets. But it’s always a good idea to make sure. Some pets, such as snakes, have different biology than your typical house cat, so make sure to specifically ask about the pets you have. A good pest control contractor will be able to tell you why and how a chemical is safe for you and your loved ones and if you need to leave your house during treatment.
Question 4: What if the treatment doesn’t work?
A quality pest control company is going to have some type of warranty or guarantee on their services. Understand what each company offers in order to make the best selection. It’s also a good idea to ask them about preventative measures you can take, as well as any additional services they provide for pest control prevention.
Question 5: Referrals?
As with anything, do your research. The internet is full of customer reviews and ratings. Check out each company you’re considering and see what everyone else is saying about them. Ask the companies about their customer satisfaction. You will be able to see what they take pride in and how they rate themselves. Then compare it to what their customers are saying.