Open up your local newspaper or phone book and you can find a ton of different companies offering pest control services. Wading through this immense pool of company names and picking the one thats right for you can be difficult. There are some important and easy tips that you can use to make your choice so much simpler.
If possible try and identify the pests in your home. This will make targeting the right pest control service a lot easier. Many companies will specialize in the control and removal of a certain pest. Knowing what your dealing with will make it easier to narrow down your search for the right service.
Word of mouth is one of the best yet underutilized ways of finding the right pest control service. Ask your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers to find the right service for you. Many times people will be shy about opening up about their pest problems. Let them know about your pest control issues and often this is enough to get them to share their experiences as well as what pest control service they ended up choosing.
Sadly there are a ton of fly-by-night pest control companies that will pepper a target area with flyers and ads but in the end they are often ineffective and only there to take your money. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore or discount a local company. Instead it simply means you should ensure that they are licensed by your state and city. Ask about their license numbers and how much insurance they carry. Both of which will not be used by a company that is here today but gone next month.
Next tip is to ask about their techniques. There are now a variety of different techniques employed by pest control companies that you can easily narrow your search. Reputable pest control services will now be using an Integrated Pest Management or IPM for short is now the standard. This has proven to be a far more effective way of dealing with pests.
Any company you talk to should be willing to give you a free estimate of the cost and the time necessary to complete the task. Get at least 4 different estimates as well as how long each will take. Depending on your situation more then one visit may be necessary to solve your pest problem.
Taking the time to compare different companies and asking the right questions ahead of time will make it easier to find the right pest service in your area. You should also take the time to alert your neighbors. Many times taking this step will help control any future pests problems. Pests removed from your area can often migrate to your neighbor so letting them know you had a pest issue can prove to be beneficial to everyone. Once you find the right service that your happy with be sure to save their information just in case you need them again in the future.