Tips for Choosing a Pest Control Service

How do we choose a competent pest control service?

First of all, many of us as homeowners, tenants, and landlords can control household pests through a combination of preventive measures, including proper sanitation and good home care practices. However, some pest attacks may be extensive, or certain pests may be difficult to control, thus requiring the services of a pest control company.

You must choose a pest control company the way you do other services - Look for Quality and Value. Costs and competencies are important. When choosing a pest control service, costs should not be the only factor that determines the company you choose. It is important to make sure the pest control company you choose is competent. If pesticides are misused, both health and property can be damaged. Before contracting with a pest control company, consider the following:
Tips for Choosing a Pest Control Service

Take Your Time / Do Your Homework

When most people find pest problems, they want this problem removed immediately. However, most problems can wait a few days so you have time to choose a competent company and at an affordable price. It is wise to get some estimates from a prospective company. Most companies will provide free estimates.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Pest Control Company

How many years have you been doing business at your current address?

Contact organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, the State Department of Agriculture, or the Office of the US Attorney General, or the EPA to determine whether complaints have been filed against the company or its applicants for misusing pesticides.

Will you give me a list of references?

Contact several references to find out if they are satisfied with the services provided by the pest control company.

Will the person doing the services become a certified or licensed pesticide applicator or a licensed technician?

Each company must have at least one certified commercial pesticide applicator in the appropriate service category. Other company applicators must be certified applicators or licensed technicians under the direct supervision of certified applicators.

Licenses can be verified by calling various State Department of Agriculture.

Will you give me a copy of your pest control license, a copy of the label of all pesticides used and the rate at which they will be applied?

Reliable applicators will demonstrate their credentials and will be able to provide you with a copy of a pesticide label showing how the product should be implemented, including the right application rates, and the necessary precautions.

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