Some pest problems can be handled with a few chemicals from the local hardware store. However, other problems are too extreme, too extensive, or too difficult to manage alone. For such problems, a person or company will want professional help. If you have faced this before, you are aware there are many pest control firms to choose from. Which would be best for your needs?
The first question is their location. If the company headquarters is some distance, you will probably be charged extra for travel costs. This could add up to a significant amount if they return several times. It is best if they are local, but other facts must also be considered. For example, knowing a great company in Florida will not help you if you need Wisconsin pest control.
Second, is the company honest? This could be applied two ways. A northern family moved to Arizona and soon learned that some pests are unique to the region. In their case it was termites. Termites are such a problem that houses cannot be sold without termite inspection. The couple quickly learned the pattern. If you call for a free inspection, they would always find evidence of termites and offer you an expensive contract. If you had a contract and asked for a treatment, the company would always inform you that it was not needed. Were the companies really honest?
Honesty not only deals with what they say about your problem but also with what they say about their treatment. Do they have a guarantee? If so, do they back it up, no matter how many times they have to return to your place? You will learn this through their reputation with other people who have sought their help.
Third, is the pest control company prompt? If you have a problem, you don’t want to wait a week for it to be fixed. Are they able to get to your location and handle the problem in a reasonable length of time? On the other hand, if you call a firm and find it difficult to get a soon appointment, that may be a good sign. If many are relying on this company for their pest control, it sounds like they have quite a large number of satisfied customers.
Fourth, how experienced is the pest control company with your particular problem? Some firms might say they can handle anything but in reality they have no experience with your particular problem, like how to get rid of bats. Be sure they can handle your problem effectively.
To many, the use of chemicals even for good reasons is dangerous. They can contaminate water supplies, hurt wild life, and affect the quality of crops. If this is a concern to you, ask the prospective pest control representative how they deal with this issue. Are they aware of the dangers in each chemical they use? Are alternative methods of pest control available?
The pest control business is expensive. It requires vehicles, equipment, and training and these costs must be passed on to the consumer. Therefore, it will be an investment to rid your property of annoying or dangerous pests. But if you want to get rid of bats or any other pest, follow these points and you will likely find a company who will serve you well.