Exterminator in Charleston, South Carolina
“All pesticides are designed to kill. It’s only safe if it’s used correctly,” said David Lawson. They also take care of residential cockroach removal. These wise words underscore the care a homeowner should exercise when choosing a pest control company, whether it be to combat mice, mosquitos, bees, or wasps. By taking heed to the following tips a homeowner can feel confident in the selection of an exterminator.
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1. Do your homework.
When a homeowner discovers an infestation of a pest, such as ants or bed bugs, the normal response is panic. All the anxious client can think of is to get the first available pest control company to his or her home. This haste needs to be resisted, and the homeowner needs to do some homework, such as seeking referrals from friends and family. From these referrals it’s prudent to select a short list of promising pest control companies
2. Investigate the short list of preselected companies.
When the homeowner has the list, he or she should call each requesting a free quote. While price will be one factor in the choice, the homeowner also should ask about the certifications of the company’s field technicians. Legally, pest control companies are required to have a trained and certified applicator for each application process. If he does not directly treat the residence, the employee who does must have certification as a field technician and work under the supervision of a certified applicator.
3. Ask for references.
The homeowner should ask the company for a list of previous customers. Any reputable business will be able to and willing to provide such a list.
4. Check the type of chemicals to be used and the application method.
The prudent homeowner will ask the pest companies to provide specific information on the chemicals used and the exact application process.
5. Watch out for these “red flags.”
As the client studies the potential pest companies, he or she need to be aware of warning signs that indicate the company may be unreliable. First, if the business lacks a listing in the phone book’s business section, this may not be a reputable company.
Also, the company claims to be recommended by the EPA or the state’s agricultural department. Government agencies license companies but never provides endorsements. Finally, a homeowner should never contract with a pest control company who provides a quote for treatment by the gallon. This can be an open ended contract that can cost the homeowner greatly since termite treatment may require hundreds of gallons diluted solution.
6. Understand any guarantees.
Pest control companies will often provide guarantees of their treatments, but the careful customer will read the fine print of these guarantees. For example, when a termite treatment is provided, a guarantee will be given the homeowner but usually an annual inspection will be required for which the homeowner must pay. If termite infestation and structural is then discovered upon inspection, the company’s guarantee will become effective.
By following these simple tips a careful homeowner can find a reputable pest control company who can effectively treat an infestation and provide protection for the future.
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