If you’ve a trouble with unwanted pests in your home, and you’ve exhausted all the self-help remedies you know, you might be considering hiring a commercial pest control corporation to deal with the problem. Hiring a professional may be accurately the right solution for you; but you need to do your homework.
First, how do you locate a pest management company? Checking the yellow pages of your local phone book may be a good start; doing a keyword search on the Internet for your area could also work, and you have the added benefit of seeing what information the pest management company provides, on itself and on pest control normally. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations
After you have created a list of pest control businesses, and before you call these companies, start by asking your friends and coworkers if they have worked with any pest control businesses. Have any of them used these pest control businesses? What was their experience? Did the pest control company in question solve their pest infestation issues? Were there any problems dealing with the pest control company? Any problems in the home after the pest control company performed their services?
Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few potential pest management corporations, call them on the phone, and ask some more questions: does the pest management service offer a free home analysis and estimate of costs? Does it give you advice on what you are able to do to deal with the problem yourself? Is the pest management service willing to answer questions readily?
Specific questions to ask: what kinds of chemicals are used? (If possible, have them provide written information on the chemicals.) What sorts of side effects or potential dangers do these chemicals have on family members, adults and children, and on pets? Do your family and household pets need to vacate the premises during the pest control treatment?
Be certain you ask whether the pest control service offers non-toxic, natural pest control. The pest control service should be willing to at least discuss the options; if its representative just dismisses the notion of non-toxic pest control without intelligently discussing the pros and cons of the natural remedies available, but just wants to get into your house and spray, beware!
With written information (or your own notes) in hand, do your own research on any chemicals which will be used – their effectiveness, their possible side effects, their potential toxicity. (The Internet is a great place to start for this.) If you have family members with serious health issues, specifically asthma or other respiratory ailments, make certain you know what the potential effect of sprayed compounds could have on them.
Lastly, if you have any questions about the pest control company’s reliability, and you cannot find anyone you know and whose judgment you trust to vouch for them, contact your local or state Better Business Bureau (BBB.org) or Consumer Fraud Division, to discover whether there have been any complaints lodged against them.
Once you’ve hired a pest control provider, make sure you know who’s going to be showing up at your home and when. Make sure they’ve proper I.D., and ask if you are able to be there to supervise the process or if you need to leave, and for how long. And while you’ve got access to the professional treating your home, ask what you are able to do to avoid pest control problems in the future, especially those involving destructive carpenter ants and termites. The guy (or gal) who really does the work likely has insights into the subject that the office staff doesn’t have.