What You Must Know Before Hiring A Pest Control Company…
Updated: Jul 31, 2019
In a world full of hustlers there are many people willing to offer services they’re not qualified for just to make a few bucks. When selecting a pest control company many people base their decision on price instead of quality of service and safety. Cost and competency are important, but when selecting a pest control service, cost should not be the only factor that determines the company you pick.
We’ve had to come to the rescue of customers that were scammed by inexperienced chemical applicators that charged them a ridiculous fee to apply chemicals throughout their property only to have their problems continue and in some cases get far worse.
Homeowners, renters and landlords can try their best to prevent certain pest problems from arising, but sometimes a professional is needed. With hundreds of pest control companies that appear to offer the same service and results, how can you tell them apart?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency also known as the EPA, was established in the 1970’s to protect human and environmental health, has setup a helpful list of questions to consider before hiring a pest control company.
Is the company licensed?
Most state or local agencies issue pest control licenses. Make sure the pest control operator’s license is current. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are responsible for issuing pest control licenses in the State of Florida; you can search the database here.
Is the company willing and able to discuss the treatment proposed for your home?
Selecting a pest control service is just as important as selecting other professional services. Look for the same degree of competence that you would expect from a doctor or lawyer. The company should inspect your property and outline a recommended control program before starting any treatment which should include:
Pests to be controlled.
Extent of the problem.
Form of the pesticide and application techniques.
Special instructions to reduce exposure to the pesticide, this can include vacating the house, emptying the cupboards and removing pets from the property.
Steps to minimize your pest problem in the future.
Does the company have a good track record?
In today’s digital world it’s easy to find out if a company is reputable or not with a quick Google search. Ask neighbors and friends if they’ve ever dealt with the company and if they were satisfied with the service they received. You can call your state or local consumer office and find out if the company has received any complaints.
Does the company have appropriate insurance?
Most states do not require pest control companies to buy insurance, but you should think twice before hiring a company that is not insured. In the State of Florida pest control companies must have insurance in order to operate. General liability insurance for sudden and accidental pollution can give you a certain degree of protection should an accident occur while pesticides are being applied in your home. Contractors that carry workmen’s compensation insurance can protect you should one of their employees be injured while working in or around your property.
Does the company guarantee its work?
You should be skeptical about a company that does not guarantee its work. Work together with the company and find out what you must do on your end to stop a problem from arising again.
Beware of Companies or Individuals That:
Want to do pest control as a package deal, such as home repair or tree trimming or that will give you a special price if treatment is done immediately.
Don’t have a listed or working telephone number.
Sell services door-to-door or target the elderly or infirm persons who live alone.
Arrive unexpectedly and show you insects they have found on a neighbor’s property as evidence or a neighborhood problem.
Quote a per-gallon price.
Claim to have a secret formula. All pesticides must be registered by the U.S. EPA and the States Department of Agriculture. Registered pesticide labels contain a list of active ingredients.
Claim to have excess material left over from a previous job and offer a reduced price for immediate treatment.
Claim to be endorsed by the States Departments of Agriculture, the U.S. EPA or other government agency. Government agencies DO NOT endorse any service company or specific pesticide product.
Take your time and do your homework when selecting a pest control company. Good cooperation between you and the pest control company will help eliminate pests and reduce pesticide use. We believe a well informed customer is a happy customer.
Since the inception of Professional Pestguard we've striven to provide our customers with the best possible pest control and lawn care solutions. Our certified pest control technicians have over +35 years of experience dealing with pests in the South Florida region, we offer value and quality service.
If pests are still making their way into your home despite all your efforts to keep them out, it’s time to Trust the Professionals and give us a call. Our highly trained pest control technicians will assess the problem pests and devise a comprehensive solution to reduce and even eliminate any unwanted pests. Request a free quote here.