Choosing the right pest control professional can be difficult. With so many companies basically all saying the same thing, it can be hard to weed through the rhetoric to find out what’s truly important about a company and how it does business. One thing that can make it easier, though, is knowing the right questions to ask. As you begin the process of looking for the perfect pest control service, here are five questions that you need to ask:
Any company that works with potentially dangerous chemicals needs to be licensed and insured to help protect clients against possible hazards. This process involves proper training to make sure exterminators know how to use these products safely. If a pest control company can’t produce documentation that its technicians have been trained and insured against unforeseen accidents, steer clear of them!
Too many companies say one thing and then do something else. Unfortunately, pest control is one area where this sort of business practice is still relatively common. The most obvious problem is with pricing. You’ll get one price quoted at you, and then when they show up to do the job you get charged more. Sometimes, they’ll chalk it up to “unexpected issues,” but the result is the same: you hired a company in good faith, and they took advantage of you. Avoid this by getting a quote in writing. If the company won’t do that, then go with someone else.
Different companies use different products, and they each come with their own safety information. While most of these products should be okay in and around the house for people and pets, that’s not always the case in specific circumstances. If you have an unusual infestation, or exotic pets such as snakes or lizards, chemicals that are otherwise perfectly fine can become life-threatening. Make sure to talk with your professional about the chemicals they are using, and make sure they know about all children and pets so they can make the right call.
Even the best exterminators are going to come up against challenging infestations. In this situation, it’s helpful to know you’ve signed on with a company that is going to keep coming back until your problem is eliminated without trying to gouge more money out of you. You’ve paid them to fix the problem, after all, and that’s what they need to do. If the company you’re talking to acts like every job is “one and done,” then move on to the next one.
Any good pest control company will have a plan for what comes next. Whether it’s follow-up visits or closely monitoring the situation until the problem is eradicated, make sure you sign up with a company that wants to build a relationship with you, not just take your money and head out the door.
If you’re looking for the perfect pest control company, we are ready to answer all of these questions and more. Please contact us at Orange Environmental Services today!