Mike Abe is a IPM pest professional with ADAPT Pest Management, a pest control company in Roseville that specializes in pests and wildlife.
Selecting a Pest Control Company
Choosing a pest control can be a difficult decision. Often, you are entrusting this company with your home and your family's well-being. You want a company that you can rely on to get rid of pests in your home, all in a way that is safe and long lasting.
A pest control company is also nearly always a relationship between you and the company. Whether you have ongoing bi-monthly pest control visits or you need a one time pest extermination, your pest professional will likely need information from you about what bug activity you have seen in your home. They may also have instructions for you to keep bugs out of your home going forward. This makes it important to find someone you can talk with who is prepared to answer all of your questions. In general, you want to feel comfortable with your pest control company.
Questions to Ask a Potential Pest Control Company
But there are also some research you can do and questions you can ask to help you feel confident that the pest company you choose will be able to handle your pest control needs. These include:
- What Are Their Qualifications? - Pest control companies should be licensed, although the exact procedure can differ by state. A company should provide copies of their licensure on request, and you can also search state registries. For instance, as a pest control company in Roseville, CA, our company's license can be viewed on the CA Department of Consumer Affairs License Search. You may also want to ask the company about their training and how they stay up to date with regulatory changes.
- What Is the Company's Experience? - Find out how long the company has been in business. It can also be helpful to know how they manage training for any new technicians. The best companies will have experienced technicians accompany trainees in the field for the first months.
- What Are Their Safety Practices? - Learn about any risks with pest treatments a company is using, especially if you have children or pets. Many companies offer eco-friendly pest control that is safer. Also make sure the company you choose in insured.
- Do They Practice IPM Pest Control? - IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, is the modern approach to pest control. It involves treating pests by both applying chemical-based treatments and altering the environment to make it less appealing to pests. Because it relies on more than just treatment, IPM is safer and less harmful to the environment.
- What Services Do They Offer - Not every pest control company offers the same services. Some focus on ongoing pest control while others primarily do emergency extermination. Some pests like termites, bed bugs, and wildlife require special licensure, so not all companies will have services for them.
- What Are Their Costs? - Cost is an important factor, but the cheapest company is not always the best. Many companies offer a free estimate for services, and you should confirm whether you can get price quotes in writing. Also inquire about any service guarantees if the initial treatments do not completely manage pests. For ongoing pest control, find out if they require you to sign a contract.
Looking for reviews or recommendations from outside sources can also help you select the right pest control company. Your family, friends, and neighbors in the area may have first hand experience and can recommend companies they worked with. You can ask the company for a list of references to contact, as well as check out online reviews, state regulatory agencies, and the Better Business Bureau can also let you know about any positive or negative feedback for a company.
The right company should not pressure you into purchasing any services, especially if it involves signing a contract. Pest control contracts are not usual - many commercial pest control services are on contract, as are some residential services, but make sure to compare your options and learn about the terms of contract cancellation before you agree.
Research in advance of hiring a pest control company will help you find a pest professional that meets your specific needs and ensure that you can keep your home safe and free of pests.