When considering the best pest control services in your area, there are several questions to ask. Which pest control will work best for my type of home and me? What exactly is their range of services and how do they get the job done? How much will it cost? What are their eco-friendly credentials?
Pest control services come in a wide variety of forms, from those that provide free inspections to those who will come in and treat a problem immediately. Free inspections are always a great option, as long as they are quick, and can also detect more subtle issues that you might not have seen if you were to try to deal with the issue yourself. The same applies to those offering free termite treatment. If the infestation is confined to one or two homes, then it probably won’t take much more than a treatment, depending upon the size of the colony. If it is a widespread problem, you may need to hire a company for a more thorough and permanent solution.
Some pest control services offer treatments and then report their results to you at a later date. Other companies offer services for monthly payments and then will send you periodic reports detailing what has been done. While monthly charges are less intrusive than calls and treatments, it is still far more expensive than simply calling your local all-natural food store and paying them nothing. What about treatments? Most companies offer a range of different treatments, including baits, powders, dusts, liquids, and traps. How much will it cost?
Many pest control services also offer advice and suggestions to help you get rid of your pests. How much advice and recommendations do they provide? Usually they will give you contact information for local exterminators in your area who specialize in dealing with specific pests. You can usually ask them for a free initial visit to determine if they think that you can solve your problem with their services. If you cannot come to an agreement, then you should consider looking elsewhere.
Before hiring a pest control services, it is important to make sure that they know how to get rid of specific pests that you have. For example, there are several different kinds of bed bugs, and many pest control services will not know how to deal with infestations involving only these insects. A common misconception about these services is that they offer all pest control services, which they most certainly do not. Be certain that you know what kind of pests you have before contacting them.
Finally, be sure to ask how much the pest control services charge for any services they will provide to you. There are some pest control companies who will bill you an hourly rate. However, be wary of those who bill you a fee based on the number of days you seek their service, or even for just getting a free quote. Many services will charge a fee based on the extent and severity of your infestation. Be sure to request an itemized invoice from your pest control company, detailing the cost of their services.