The fact that pests are persistent and difficult to eliminate makes them a thorn in the flesh for most homeowners. Pests have become stronger; thus, over-the-counter pesticides do very little to eliminate them. For that reason, you should strongly consider enlisting the services of a professional pest control company.
There are numerous pest control companies, but they all offer different experiences. Owing to the significant number of companies, finding the most ideal can prove to be an uphill task. Each company has its own approach when it comes to pest control. On this post, we will provide a detailed overview of what it takes to find reliable pest control services.
Choosing a pest control approach
There are two main approaches when it comes to pest control. The chemical based and bait/physical approach. A myriad of factors will determine the type of pest control approach. When choosing a pest control approach, you should understand the impact it will have on the environment. When you settle for a chemical based approach, you need to know the chemical levels of the product you are using. Some of these chemical based products will only cause you more harm than good by destroying the environment and making it inhabitable. However, the chemical approach is widely adopted courtesy of its immediate results and ability to eliminate pests in a wide area. The bait/physical approach is highly recommended due to its inability to destroy the environment. If physical methods are adopted, they have the potential to eliminate pests fully. Unfortunately, the physical approach is limited to indoor use and minimal infestations. On that note, below are ways to eliminate the common pest categories.
1. Understand your needs
Every homeowner has that specific pest menace that they are grappling with. Most of the calls we receive are usually from clients who want help to eliminate: general pests and termites. A myriad of factors influences the considerations you make. That said, be sure to stick around to learn the factors to consider each category.
A.) General Pest Control
This is arguably the highest sought-after service as it helps to eliminate a wide array of common pests. Among the pests that fall under the general pest control category include crickets, ants, scorpions, black widows, rodents, ticks, earwigs, ticks, etc. Before you decide on the type of treatment you want for your situation, there are several factors that you should consider. These factors will go a long way towards ensuring you find a service that perfectly meets your expectations and provides a long-lasting solution to your problem. The factors to consider are:
- Amount of pressure
What amount of pressure are the pests causing you? What level of activity are you comfortable within the pest control process? Truthfully answering these questions will enable you to make an informed decision on the type of program that will yield the desired results. The pressure that comes with having unwanted pests around your property will determine the kind of approach you settle for.
- Period of the program
There are various pest control programs. The decision you make will be informed by the number of pests infesting your property. However, the most recommended program is every other month program. This program is not capital intensive, and it guarantees results. On the other hand, if you experience a heavy pest infestation or you have zero tolerance for pests, you may consider the monthly service. This means that the pest control team will visit your property every month, whereas every other month program only requires the professional service when the need arises.
- Adopt various pest control methods
If you are looking for the best long-term results in your quest to eliminate pests, you should consider applying different ways. This approach is referred to as Integrated Pest Management since it banks on different methods to achieve a reliable solution. Destroying the pest’s nests and breeding zones and ensuring that pests do not find their way to your property are among the efficient methods that can be used with pest control products to shutter pest activity completely. By adopting this multi-step approach, you can achieve better control that does not bank on use of products or chemicals to eliminate the pests.
B). Termite Control
Termites are undoubtedly some of the most annoying pests due to the damage they cause. When crafting your budget for termite control, you should consider various factors that will determine how much you pay for the whole exercise. The key factors to put into consideration are the amount of damage caused by the termites and the size of the infested area. Most cases call for liquid termite treatment compared to the bait treatment. When seeking pest control services, the company should provide the following.
- The company’s license number and that of the employee performing the exercise. These documents help build trust and confidence in the service provider.
- A sketch that clearly shows the treatment approach. This sketch will come in handy in enabling you to understand the control program adopted.
- Details on the products to be used. By knowing the products used, you can make a follow up in case they prove troublesome or do not yield the expected results.
2. Finding the ideal pest control company
When it comes to finding a pest control company, you should be very cautious to ensure you find services that give you value for your money by providing long term solutions. To find the appropriate company, be sure to put the following factors into consideration.
- Cost of services
The cost of service is arguably the key determinant as to whether you will settle for a service or not. The ideal company is one that offers its services at reasonable rates. The rates should neither be too expensive nor too low. The rates determine the type of service you are bound to receive. However, be sure to settle for a company whose cost of services is within your budget range.
- Quality of services
The quality of services is the key determinant as to whether you will enjoy value for your money or not. Quality is determined by the control approaches adopted and the type of products used. Moreover, the program design can also influence the quality of the service. By enlisting quality services, you are assured of eliminating the pests and finding ways to ensure the problem does not repeat itself.
Working with an experienced company plays a huge role in improving your confidence. The experience of a company cannot merely be determined by the number of years they have been offering their service. Instead, the experience is all about the number of jobs they have completed and the impact they have had on their clients. To determine the experience of a company, you should look at their competency levels, an array of control programs and demand for their services. More to that, the size of their client portfolio will enable you to determine their level of experience.
What do other parties have to say about the company you have settled for? Before you make up your mind to work with a company, it is only fair that you know what other parties have to say about their services. The reputation of a company is influenced by clients who have sought their services and professional bodies in the same field. The opinion of the third parties will play an integral role in gauging the ability of the company you have settled for to deliver as per your expectations.
How reliable is your company of choice? Many are times when you might require pest control services as a matter of urgency. As a result, you need to settle for a company that can deliver the services as soon as you have requested it. To find a reliable company, be sure to settle for one that is within your locality. Alternatively, you can settle for a company with enough resources to avail the service you desire within no time. More to that, the reliability of a company can be influenced by the number of programs they offer to solve even the most persistent pest infestations.
What kind of staff has the company employed? The type of personnel sent to your property will determine the kind of experience you enjoy from the company. The ideal personnel is one that will ensure you enjoy a seamless relationship throughout their stay at your property. The staff ought to possess professional characteristics and should have a deep understanding of their duties. Reputable companies understand the importance of having reliable and knowledgeable employees.
Pests can undoubtedly cause you sleepless nights and cause unimaginable destruction. However, this does not mean they cannot be dealt with. The type of pest Control Company you settle for will determine how well you eliminate the pests. To find the best services that guarantee total annihilation of the pests on your property, be sure to reach out to us. Our team of staff will help craft a program that perfectly suits your needs to yield the desired results.