If you have a problem with insects or rodents in your home, you may be tempted to hire the first pest control company you run across because you want your problem solved as quickly as possible. However, you need to try and take your time and make the best decision possible. Here is some information that can help you narrow down your choices.
It can be very difficult to find a pest control company because you will likely have a wide range of options. There can also be a wide variety of quality in the services these businesses offer. There are some, for example, that will guarantee their work while others will not. You need to feel as comfortable as possible with your choice, but you also want to be able to screen potential candidates effectively.
One way of doing so is by making sure the provider is qualified and licensed. In most states this is a requirement, so make sure you know that your provider meets this requirement. If possible, go with a pest control company that goes beyond merely meeting minimum standards. Look for certified professionals who are trained in the latest methods of extermination and are familiar with the latest equipment and technology.
Make sure the providers you are considering belong to national and state associations. This shows you they are always looking for ways to improve their capabilities and are committed to training. The National Pest Management Association, for example, has a program that is committed to raising the level of professionalism in the pest control industry. If a provider is a member of this group, that shows it has a commitment to training that goes beyond minimum state requirements.
If you have any friends, neighbors, family members, or co-workers who have recently had this type of service in their home, ask them if they have any recommendations. Often times, word of mouth from a trusted advisor is a great way of finding a company that will provide you reliable, effective service. As good as this source may be, however, don’t let it be your sole determining factor. Look on the Internet for reviews of the companies that you are considering. Check to see if they had complaints, and then see what they did to resolve problems with their customers. One excellent site to consult is your local chapter of the Better Business Bureau.
Try to find a company that has a substantial amount of experience as well. The longer a company has been established, the more stable it will likely be. You probably won’t have to worry about the business disappearing. Also, if a company has been around a long time, that means it has been providing reliable, effective service for several years and can be trusted as a result.