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How to Select the Ideal Pest Control Company for Your Home or Business

For the average consumer, most pest control companies appear the same.  You need to know what to ask and what to expect when you hire a professional to treat those annoying insects in your property – plus how to keep them away.

Cody Smith, owner of Dynamic Pest Control in Mesa, Arizona provides the following checklist to use when selecting a pest control company to treat your property.

1. Is the company licensed? The state licenses pest control companies, while the Environmental Protection Agency regulates pesticides.

2. Does the company have a good reputation? Check references and the length of time in business.  Good companies will have a proven track record and will provide full disclosure of treatments, contracts and safety information.

3.  Expect a full disclosure of problem analysis and recommended treatments. Ask if chemical products will be used and what equipment is required during the pest control process.  Ask about environmentally friendly options in your treatments, if this is a concern for you.  Good pest control companies use pesticides geared to the specific pest problem, making it safer for your family.

4.  Decide if you require additional services. Ask if the pest control company can repair window screens and caulk cracks (charges may apply), which can prevent ants, rodents and other pests from entering the home later. If convenience is your goal, choose a pest control company that offers this type of one-stop shopping.

5.  A simple single treatment may not suffice, so understand your long-term needs. Selecting the lowest price for an initial treatment, may not be cost effective over the term of a service contract.  Be sure to understand the contents of a long-term service arrangement.  Often, only outside treatment is needed as a preventive measure, making your service more convenient and cost effective.

6.  Evaluate the pest control company’s satisfaction policy. Ask if the pest control will guarantee on-time service, provide cleanup services, if necessary, and agree to settle disputes within a specified period of time. Pay attention to the terms of your contract and evaluate how well the company can answer your questions satisfactorily.

7.  Evaluate the results. Hiring a company to take care of your pest problem does not mean your job is over. If you believe something has gone wrong with the pesticide application, contact the company.  Be a responsible consumer and keep asking questions until your pests are under control.

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