Hiring a pest control company is the most surefire way of getting rid of your pest problem, be it gnarly rodents in the kitchen, bats flying around in the attic, or even snakes nesting under your front porch.
Sure, you may be tempted to take care of the pest problem yourself, and sometimes that’s perfectly doable. There’s a myriad of DIY methods that you could use to humanely trap pesky rodents or bats on your property, and even some excellent prevention methods as well. However, if your guts turn at the thought, or if you simply lack the skill or time to take care of the problem, then a pest control company is probably your best option.
But which one should you choose?
Getting into this, you should bear in mind that not all pest control companies work the same way. Many of them have a very well-defined area of expertise, and you need to make sure they take care of your particular kind of pest before troubling yourself any further.
Second, you’ll want someone with skill and expertise, otherwise you’re just throwing money out the window. Ask around before you hire someone. Check with friends, family, and neighbors to see if they have any good recommendations in the area.
Lastly, consider the kind of pest removal you want to take place. Many pest control companies take the more traditional route and end up killing the pest to get rid of it. Not only is that often cruel and agonizing to the animal itself, but it’s also largely unnecessary. Most pests that we encounter on human properties could just as easily be trapped using a live trap instead, and transported to a safe area where they don’t bother anyone. So consider these aspects before you choose a pest control company. Also, make sure you ask them these three things in your initial phone call:
What kind of pesticides do you use?
This one sounds like a no-brainer, yet a lot of homeowners forget to ask it, in their hurry to get rid of the bothersome pest. Remember that any pest control company that’s worth its salt should have no trouble at all disclosing exactly what kind of pesticides they use, how those work, and what are the potential hazards associated with these substances.
Furthermore, once you’ve gotten off the phone, we recommend carrying out your own research on said pesticides and comparing your findings with the company’s answers. If they omitted something (like a serious danger), or worse, if they use dangerous pesticides, you need to move on to the next company. Remember, no animal pest is worth endangering you, your family, or your pets by exposing yourselves to dangerous chemicals.
How do you determine treatment?
This goes hand in hand with “what treatment will you use?”, and should give you a good idea of the company’s level of expertise. If they keep their answers brief and vague, then it might be an indication they don’t have much experience. In this case, you may be better off trying someone else.
A good pest control company will be able to share with you the precise treatment approach, including pesticides used and areas of the house that will be affected. They should also detail their approach to determining the treatment. You shouldn’t let yourself get confused by all the terms and such. Remember, you don’t need to know the precise process, but they do, so that’s what we’re checking for with this question.
Not all pests are a one-hit kill, metaphorically speaking. Some problems will require multiple treatments before they rid you of pests for good. In that eventuality, you want to make sure that your chosen pest control company has your back. Also, it would be nice to see if they also offer future prevention tips (such as identifying and ideally sealing entry points, so that you don’t wake up the next week with the same problem).
Some people recommend asking about experience and accreditation, but honestly, we feel it would be best that you research those independently. Even if a company’s running on fake cred, it’s not like they’re going to come right out and tell you!