Ask For References
Any reputable and experienced pest control company will have a bunch of prior customers and will be able to provide you with references from satisfied clients. This is one of the best ways to gauge what kind of service you can expect from a pest control technician since a client can fill you in on both the good and the bad. Additionally, getting references allows you to verify that the company you are considering is legitimate and has a decent track record.
Ask About Pest Control Methods
When it comes to methods, there are a variety of ways that a pest control technician can confront any given pest problem. As such, it is important to ask which services a pest control specialist can provide. For instance, some pest control specialists may only offer chemical pest control but not physical pest control, and vice versa. If your pest control specialist uses chemicals, it is important to know what those products are so you can look up their certification and safety information.
Look Out For Red Flags
While most pest control companies out there are bona fide legitimate operations, there are some imposters out there. For instance, you should be wary of a company that is not listed and does not have a working phone number. Be on the lookout for unorthodox practices, such as pest control guys that show up unexpectedly at your home and show you pests that they ‘found’ in your neighbor’s backyard.
Any company that tries to pressure you into signing a contract by suggesting your home may be condemned or offers you a package “discounted” deal is another big red flag. Some companies might even try to claim that their products or services are endorsed by some government agency, but this is simply a marketing trick, as the government would never endorse one specific brand.
Ask About Certification and Licensing
A professional pest control technician will be licensed and certified to apply pesticides and should be able to provide you with a copy of their pest control license if asked. They should also be able to show you the labels for the products they use, the way those products will be applied, as well as any precautionary measures they need to take.