Picture this; you’ve just realised your home is infested with termites. You’re panicked and worried, so you vacate the house, grab your phone and dial the number for the first pest control company you find.
You know you need a pest control specialist. But, the person that arrives is alone with barely any equipment.
You frantically look up the person you’ve called as they pest spray your house, and realise they weren’t the right contractor for the job.
Now you’ve not only caused yourself more stress, but you’ve potentially hired someone who’s made your problem even worse. You’ve wasted time and money on an individual who simply wasn’t good enough at the job.
We’ve all been there in times of panic, especially when it comes to pests in our home. That’s why we’ve written this blog to inform you of what to look out for when hiring a specialist to remove your infestation.
Finding a Pest Control Specialist
The first thing you must do if you have an infestation is not panic. Panicking leads to making the wrong decisions and can end up making the whole situation worse.
Instead, take your time when choosing which individual or company to hire for the job.
Taking your time can help you to compare prices, and look at the reviews different companies have earnt for their previous work.
Many reliable pest control specialists will have testimonials on their website. These can prove that the company you are looking into are legitimate and have completed many similar jobs in the past.
It also allows you to answer the question of whether you need an exterminator or a pest control specialist. Though many are unaware, these are very different things. An exterminator is hired simply to kill pests – to exterminate them.
Sometimes, that might be what you need. But more often than not, simply killing the pests that are currently in your house doesn’t take care of the entire problem. Pest control specialists get to the root of the problem, ensuring a long-term solution.
If you fear that the pests will return, you need to be looking for a pest control specialist, not just an exterminator.
What to Look for in a Pest Control Specialist
Once you’ve decided that you need a specialist, there are certain things to look out for. Most obviously, you need to see what kind of prices they charge, and how long they expect the job will take.
But it gets a bit more complicated than that; if a company has a set price for their work, you should be wary. A reliable pest control specialist will have different services depending on the specific job they are undertaking.
For example, you could only need the removal of a single beehive in your garden. Or, you could need rodent control for your entire 5-bedroom house. If someone lists a single flat fee for everything they do, it’s likely they aren’t doing these jobs properly.
It’s also good to check whether a pest control specialist lists these different services at all. If they only advertise themselves as a specialist but don’t say which problems they deal with, they might prove to be inexperienced in what you’re looking for.
You should also check whether they advertise working on the property type where you have a problem. If you’re a hospital manager and the specialist doesn’t specify that they work in hospitals, you should find a company who does.
Finally, and most importantly, you should check the company is licensed. Please see our former blog post for more things you should look out for when hiring a specialist.
Questions You Should Ask a Pest Control Specialist
In addition to the information you can likely find on their website, there are other specific questions you should ask a pest control specialist before you hire them.
Though it may be found on their website, you should always ask a specialist about the chemicals they use.
A reliable company will know the exact parameters and safety precautions for all the chemicals they use. They should know whether their chemicals or safe around pets, whether you can stay in the house whilst chemicals are in use and many more details.
If they don’t know this, don’t use them.
The last thing you want is to hire a specialist whose chemicals cause further damage to your property. Subterranean termites can consume more than 6.8 kilograms of wood per week and in America, it is estimated that termites cause more than $5billion in property damage. Since pests already cause so much damage to a property, having a bad specialist cause even more can cost you a great deal of money both in repairs and in hiring a new company to actually do the job.
It is also important to ask where chemicals will be used. You don’t want to leave fresh food improperly stored around the kitchen if your specialist is going to use chemicals in there. You should also find out if your specialist will only pest spray inside or if they’ll do the outside of your house also.
You must also ask about warranties and guarantees. You don’t want to hire a specialist to do a job, only to have pests return a week later and the specialist tell you that this isn’t covered by their guarantees.
If they can’t provide a guarantee of how long their treatment will last, they probably don’t offer a very good treatment!
Where Should I Go If I Need a Pest Control Specialist?
If you need a pest control specialist you’re already in the right place.
At Safeguard Pest Control, you can find the answers to everything we’ve listed above like our prices, our chemicals and our guarantees.
We provide a thorough inspection and a pest control treatment with clear information on every pest we target. We’ve also been lucky enough to receive extremely high ratings from our previous clients.
If you have a pest problem that needs addressing, contact us here at Safeguard Pest Control today.