how to choose a pest control company

How to Choose a Pest Control Company

When it comes to Pest Control, quality is always the best option. After all, pest problems usually affect your house or business and can potentially impact both people’s health and companies’ reputation. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure the services you hire will provide a long-term solution that is guaranteed and delivered by certified professionals.

What Services do they provide, and what is their speciality?

You need to ensure the team you hire have previous experience on the job you are hiring them for. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask if they are specialist on the type of issues you are dealing with, for example, do they have a team who is highly experienced in specific pest problems happening in your area, like rodent problems and birds nesting under your solar panels?

If you have questions, don’t keep them to yourself. Asking is always a good idea and will help you determine if the company you are speaking to is the best option.

Are they Environmentally Conscious?

Heavy use of chemicals is a thing of the past, and pest controllers need to build solutions backed by up to date knowledge and technology. Innovation should always be the cornerstone of the service, and green policies for how the company is run should have a presence across what’s visible for clients and internal processes such as the use of paper and energy to lower the company’s carbon footprint.

Are they Certified Professionals?

Certified pest control companies are always the best choice to avoid risks on your property and, more importantly, people’s health. The company delivering the service should be part of an industry body such as the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) or the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). Technicians should also be part of a continual personal development scheme such as BASIS. These schemes ensure that the technician is receiving continual training. It’s crucial to double-check that the professionals taking care of the problem are entirely certified and up to date on all the knowledge required to deliver a solution that works. If the person you are dealing with is trying to avoid providing certification details, that’s always a red flag.

References and Reviews

People saying positive things about a business is usually a good signal. There are different customer review providers like Google and Check a Trade that you can take a look at to have some insight into previous client’s experiences with the company you are thinking of hiring. If the business is nearby and you have neighbours recommending their services, that is very good too. Look for different sources so you can make an informed decision. 

Can They Deliver Long Term Solutions?

As well as taking a low or no chemical approach wherever possible, you should always request long term solutions to pest problems, for example, if we have a mice problem, finding the source of the problem and preventing mice from accessing the property again would be the ideal solution. Using chemicals and even live catch traps for long term control is an old school approach that doesn’t fit with modern and environmentally friendly pest control.

It would also be interesting to ask for initial advice and potential alternative solutions, this will let you find out if firstly, the solutions they propose are in line with best practices, and secondly if they are professionals capable of taking different approaches to the problem you are facing. 

Are the services guaranteed?

The truth is not all pests can be guaranteed with just one application. However, it is good to check if the company would provide some kind of guarantee about results. Most professionals offer some sort of guarantee about the work completed and its results. You will surely avoid any tricky situations later on by having this information beforehand.

We hope this article will help you to choose a quality pest control service, and if you have more questions or feedback please feel free to contact us. You will find more useful information and advice about pest control in our blog and FAQ sections.

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