Proper sanitation and regular home maintenance plays an important role when it comes to pest control. However, when pest infestation becomes extensive, it would be better to contact a pest control service.
Finding a pest control Austin service shouldn’t be difficult as there are many companies to choose from. However, just like it is the case with any other service, it is important that you look for a company that can deliver quality services on time. Competence and cost are also important. Below are tips on how to select a reliable pest control company.
Do your Homework
When most people come across a pest problem, they usually want it fixed immediately. For this reason, they often settle for the first company they come across. As a result, most of them end up paying more than they should for a service that is less than expected. It is advisable that you first do some research before investing your time and money on any pest control service you come across. Make sure you obtain estimates from several companies. Most reliable service providers will offer free estimates which you can compare before making a decision.
Questions to Ask Prospective Pest Control Firms
How long have you been in business? – Experience is key when it comes to proper pest control. Contact organizations such as the States Department of Agriculture, the EPA, the Better Business Bureau and the States Attorney General’s Office to find out whether any complaints have been left concerning the services offered by various pest control services. If there is more negative feedback than there is positive, then consider looking elsewhere.
Can you provide a list of references? – Most pest control services will claim to offer the best services in an effort to lure in more customers. However, without personal experience with a company, you may never truly know whether they can live up to their promise. This is why it is important to contact some references and find out how they felt about a service.
Can you provide license information and labels of all the pesticides you use? – A copy of the company’s license will serve as proof that the candidate has undergone proper training in the application of pesticides. You can verify the license by contacting the States Department of Agriculture. In addition, find out which pesticides the firm uses and the rate at which they are applied. If a company is hesitates to share this information, then don’t be afraid to look elsewhere.
Can you explain more on the proposed treatment method? – Before a company works on your property, they should first inspect your premise in order to formulate a proper pest control strategy. Ask your firm to outline their recommended control program which should include information on the pest to be controlled, pesticide application techniques, active ingredients in the pesticide to be used and their adverse health effects, and special instructions on how to avoid getting exposed to the pesticides (vacating the home during application, removing pets and emptying cupboards).
Do you carry appropriate insurance? – It is important that you only work with a firm that carries proper insurance cover. Insurance policies such as the workman’s compensation insurance can help you avoid problems that may arise during the treatment. This type of insurance will protect you in case one or more workers gets injured while working at your home.
Are you affiliated with any professional pest control association? – Professional associations, whether local, national or state, will keep its members informed on all new developments in safety, training, research, pest control techniques and regulations. The very fact that a firm decides to join an association indicates its concern for quality.