Getting rid of pests can seem like a really easy thing if the problem is not that serious. In some cases, the damage may be so severe forcing you to consult a professional. Other instances that might result in having to get a professional is when you have to use pesticides that can only be handled by a certified pest controller. Getting that professional is not easy like a walk in the park as you really have to be careful with who you choose and their experience among other factors to consider. Here are some guidelines to help you through the process of hiring pest control professionals.
Before you settle on the technician, get to look at his documents such as his identification and the validity of his operating license. That is what will show you how reliable he is since an up to date license proves that he is current on his training. A professional will always have a report on the service undertaken, any prevention remedies and follow up appointments if need be, soon as he is through with his job. This should be followed by an invoice.
Go for a technician that has many recommendations on his website if he has any or rather you could ask your friends to refer you to a good technician. If you do not have any means of doing so, ask to see a portfolio from the technician you have gotten and follow up on one or two of his customers. This will assure you of his work and how professional and thorough it is. This way you will hardly experience disappointments afterward.
Be Keen on the Safety of the Chemicals Used
Before spraying any pesticides in your home, enquire what chemicals your technician is using and get to know the following:
- What exactly is contained in that chemical?
- Have the chemicals been tested and approved by the state?
- Are they effective in eradicating the pests at hand?
- Can the chemical leave traces that might have a long-term effect on your health?
All that will help you in deciding whether or not you will go for them.
We always have everything on a budget. Even for issues like pests, you shouldn’t have to break your bank for you to enjoy the service. On the other hand, a very low pricing might also mean poor or no results. Get a professional that will take you through their pricing system, either quarterly or annually depending on how affected your home or office or whatever area you want pests eliminated is. By that, you are able to set aside the funds to cater for it without overstretching your financial ability.
Do Due Diligence on Individuals
Opting for an individual as your pest control technician is a bit of a risk. You should, therefore, be extremely cautious about this. Take time to know their background, have their credentials and scrutinize them keenly before allowing the technician in your home. Also access him personally, his overall, his mode of detecting pests and his confidence in recommending the solution to the problem and how effective it will be. Also, have everything on paper including a contract.
Seek Advice From Your Technician
Once we notice of a pest problem, we always want it solved immediately. As much as pests are a nuisance, we should take time and get some sound advice from our technician. It is not a must that chemicals be used at the site of pests. The pest controller could have other alternatives that do not necessarily have to involve chemicals. They should also give you any preventive measures to avoid the pests from coming back.
For long-term services, it is advisable for you to get a fully detailed contract which includes information such as the duration of the contract, how many visits it will take during that duration, cost, duration of the guarantee after the service and other terms and conditions of the service. Be sure that the contract also covers you in instances where the service might be ineffective and have it signed and stamped with both you and the company. Read it carefully so as to understand before signing.
Get Prepared for a Temporary Stay
Some technicians may advise that you get to leave your home for a week or two as they do the job. You should be ready with plans on where to move your family for the time being with finances to cater for your stay at a motel or at a relative’s place. This will make sure that you don’t get overwhelmed on the last minute in terms of having to move your valuable items out of the way as well.
Do a Survey of Your Own
You could think that your house is the only place that pests have invaded. Yes, it is the work of the technician to get to know the source of the problem but at times they may miscalculate. The advantage here is that you know your home and it's surrounding better than he does. Take time to look around the area and have it down so that you can also guide your technician on where the pests might have originated from since pests like to hide during the daytime.
Try Home Remedies First
Before consulting a technician, you might want to try one of those home remedies for getting rid of pests. Inquire from neighbors with past experience of the same. The pests might be too many but the remedy to get rid of them can be so simple such as hiring a maid service.
As long as you get one of the above tips and use it, you are good to go. Keep your entire surrounding clean, clear any stagnant water and get rid of any mess before it turns out to be a feeding hub for pests. Be sure to also clean the dark areas of your house as you do your chores just to counter check of any signs of inhabitation. As they say, prevention is better than cure.