Getting references from the company may seem like one way to find a reliable pest control company, until you tell yourself that any company is probably only going to give you a carefully selected reference list, to ensure positive feedback.
Checking your chosen pest control company with your local Better Business Bureau is a must if you are looking in the Yellow Pages for a company. Listen to what your BBB has to say about a particular pest control company; if they report that there are complaints against that company, it may be an indication not to use them. And talking to a person at the BBB is probably a better and more accurate approach than simply using their website.
The National Pest Control Association has a handbook containing procedures that are approved, and any good exterminator should follow that guideline, which means no dubious work practices, and not charging customers for work that’s not approved or needed. A guarantee for a specific time period should be offered by a reputable pest control company, and maintaining that guarantee should take a reasonable and affordable yearly payment. Pre-treatment for new construction, along with yearly inspections for termites should be included, and if you ask to see an insurance certificate, you should expect to be supplied with one.
Recommendations are always a good idea too when choosing a Calgary pest control company; perhaps from the realtor, you bought the house from, or from friends or family. Talk to the exterminator who processed the original termite certificate if you’re buying a house and find there’s a termite issue. It can save you money, and they should have access to the home’s history.
When you and the salesperson come to an agreement, make sure that agreement is understood by the technician who visits your home, who may not be the same person you originally dealt with. Helping you deal with your termite issue as quickly, effectively, and as economically as possible is the goal of any reliable exterminator, and you should be sure that any procedure is what you actually need. You may pay more when dealing with a salesperson who may or may not have a similar work ethic.
A good exterminator really does focus on getting the job done properly, rather than focuses on the sales side of things although many pest control technicians seem to be more salesperson than a technician. Using as few chemicals as possible and simply solving your pest issue as economically and as efficiently as possible should always be the goal, and it’s something you should be aware of.
Exterminators will charge different prices, and have different approaches to the job, as exterminating isn’t an exact science. You really shouldn’t have to tell your pest control technician that you want the problem to be treated as economically as possible and without using more chemicals than is necessary, but you may end up pointing this out. Some treatment options are somewhat suspect or even unnecessary, and of course, you don’t want anything to do with these.
It’s important that you are actually present in your home to discuss the procedure and have any questions answered when the exterminator shows up at your home. You don’t want to delegate the job of dealing with the exterminator to your spouse, babysitter, or anyone else. It’s much easier to deal directly with the pest control expert yourself, so you understand exactly what is happening and also to make sure you aren’t charged more than you were initially told. And it’s also important to make sure you get answers to your questions, and any concerns you have are addressed, as it’s likely to be an ongoing relationship with this exterminator.
Getting an estimate for the work to be carried out is an important part of dealing with a pest problem and choosing the right exterminator. You should be given a written quote in person or at least soon afterward, if a pest control technician visits your home to assess the problem. And you don’t need to make a decision immediately; remember the points above that we have been discussing and keep them in mind when trying to find a reliable and experienced pest control company.