If you end up with a substantial pest infestation, it will likely be more practical to hire a professional rather than trying to exterminate them yourself. This is especially true if your problem has been ongoing, the infestation is widespread, or if you need products that are only certified for use by professionals. When you are picking a pest control professional, keep these considerations in mind:
Before any company starts working on your pest problem, ask to see their certification, license, and ID. Make sure all documents are authentic and current so that you know they have the proper training and authorization.
To protect your property and against lawsuits, make sure the company is insured and bonded. Their website should look professional and knowledgeable.
The technician should be able to answer any questions you have about pest control. If there is something they cannot answer off-hand, they should be willing to look into it for you.
Your first impressions upon seeing them should be that of a professional and clean company. Their equipment, truck, and chemicals should reassure you that they are the real deal.
Ask friends and neighbours who they would recommend for pest control. If you have a pest problem, chances are the houses in your area have gone through it too. You could also ask your chosen company to provide references and follow up with those clients.
While it may be tempting to go with the cheapest company, it is likely not the wisest choice. If they promise to get rid of your infestation in one visit, but your problem still exists after, then you will have to spend money again anyway. High-quality service will always cost a bit more, but it guarantees that you are getting the services that you paid for.
If you need pest control services on an ongoing basis, talk to the company about your options. Depending on your issue, you may need them on a seasonal basis or more frequently at first and then less often later on. Be sure you understand the terms of the contract thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.
Your technician should ask specific and probing questions before any service begins. They should inspect your home thoroughly following your discussion and then outline a treatment plan.
In most cases, chemicals will need to be used to exterminate pests. Your technician should be willing to give you information about the chemicals they use, any adverse effects they could cause, and whether they have chemical-free options. Any container they use should look clean and labelled correctly.
After finishing the service, the technicians should give you a report outlining the services they did, any follow-ups needed, and advice along with the costs.
Be sure to read the fine print of the services you are paying for. Companies should offer some type of warranty so that you know you can count on them if the problem persists afterward.