Don’t Bug Out: 7 Tips for Choosing a Reliable Pest Control Service
The pest control industry in Australia has grown 2.6% from 2014 to 2019. Clearly, there’s a need to keep everyone safe and sound from the creepy crawlies of the Outback.
Are you thinking of hiring one since you have some issues with pests? Or do you just need an inspection to ensure everything’s alright on your property?
Whatever your needs are, you might be struggling to choose the right company. Here are 7 tips for choosing a reliable pest control services.
When you have a kitchen that’s infested with ants, it’s tempting to just pull up Google, type in “pest control services near me,” and book the first result that pops up.
But you may be making a huge mistake if you do that. Just because a company is the first one you find doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best one available.
Before you jump feet first into scheduling a pest control company, take a moment to do some research. This can save you a world of trouble in the future. Not to mention, it may also save your bank account.
Surely you’re not the only person in your social group to ever have a pest issue. Ask your friends and family to see which companies they’ve used before.
By using your network, you can quickly figure out which companies are good and which ones you need to avoid. And who knows, you may even get a discount for being a referral!
Wait, didn’t we just say don’t do this? Well, not exactly.
Google can provide you with a wealth of information, so make sure to utilize it. Instead of just picking the company at the top of the list, pick a few of them based on what their overall Google Review score is. The closer to 5/5 stars, the better.
For the businesses you’re interested in, take a look at what previous customers have to say. You can sort reviews by most relevant, newest, highest rating, and lowest rating. Play around with these settings to get more specific reviews.
For instance, you can sort by lowest rating to see what the biggest problems people had with the company. Or you can sort by newest to ensure the business hasn’t changed hands and customer service has gone down within the last year or so.
So you now have a few companies on your shortlist. The next thing to do is to check out how many years of experience they have.
We’re not saying that a brand new pest control company won’t be good, but when it comes to serious issues, you want someone who has a proven track record for handling them efficiently.
In general, the more years they’ve been in business, the better. However, that shouldn’t be the sole thing you’re checking for in regards to experience.
In addition to many years of operation, the pest control company you’re looking at should also have extensive experience in the services you require. You can choose a company that’s been around for 20 years, but if they only have a few months’ of experience in your pest issue, then that’s probably no good.
An important thing you need to check is that a company is licensed, bonded, and insured.
If they’re not licensed, then they may not be using the proper (and most efficient) ways to exterminate pests. Considering extermination chemicals are quite heavy, this can pose a serious problem to your household. You can call the Government of Queensland Australia Department of Health to double-check that the business is being truthful about having a valid license.
Again, pest control involves strong chemicals in various parts of your property. Should anything go wrong, you want to be protected. For both your sake and theirs, a good pest control company should be bonded and insured in addition to being licensed.
To get a good feel for whether or not a pest control company is overcharging, you should get at least 2 or 3 quotes. Any reputable business will offer these to you free of charge, with no obligations.
If any company tries to charge you for a quote, or if they’re very pushy about you using their services before they’re willing to give you one, then you might want to think twice about using that business. Anyone that acts in that fashion is only chasing the dollar and probably won’t be good to work with.
Unfortunately, pest control services may not always be initially successful. In that case, you want to be sure you don’t get swindled out of your money. They can always do a mediocre job so they can come back and charge you more, after all.
Before you sign a contract, see if the pest control company offers guarantees on their work. And if they do, what are the terms?
Make sure you’re really clear on the fine print. You don’t want to skim it, think a company has a wonderful policy, then unexpectedly get charged extra when you think some additional services fall under the guarantee.
By knowing what to look for when you need reliable pest control services, you’ll be able to choose a company that’s not only fantastic but also perfect for your needs and budget.
The right company will get rid of your pest troubles once and for all, so make sure to take our advice and get it done right on the first try.
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