For every one of the almost seven billion humans on the earth, there are approximately 200 million bugs. Considering the staggering number of creepy crawlies in the world, it's no wonder that people occasionally find themselves at odds with unwanted many-legged invaders. A pest infestation can be an emotionally wrenching experience; the fear that comes with finding bugs taking up residence in your realm is often compounded by the very real possibility of damage to your belongings or home. You'll want to get these uninvited guests out of your dwelling as quickly as possible, and you may need help to get the job done. Finding the right exterminator can make all the difference in your quest to eliminate a pest invasion.
Reputation Speaks For Itself
To learn how a company does business, ask those who know best - former customers. Take the time to read a variety of reviews of any pest management company you're considering. In one sense, the measure of success in this industry is straightforward: how proficient is the company at removing pests? However, this isn't the only factor that matters. Here are some other questions you may want to investigate:
- Will the exterminators respect your time, making and adhering to scheduled appointments?
- Will they minimize disruptions and keep your belongings safe?
- Will they address concerns about environmental or human safety? Will alternative treatments be available?
Taking the initiative to learn what customers have to say can save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration when choosing exterminators.
Don't Let Emotion Rule
For many people, there are few experiences that scream to their fight or flight responses like finding a community of beasties in an unexpected location. Adrenaline shouldn't be driving your decisions, though. To avoid high-pressure sales tactics and appeals to your emotions, arm yourself with information: find out about extermination possibilities and hazards that might be created in the process of banishing the critters in question. When customers are dissatisfied with extermination companies, one big reason tends to be because they were sold - or pressured to buy - services they didn't really need.
Other important points to clarify include:
- What certifications do the exterminators have?
- What guarantees do they offer, and how do they back them up?
- Do they offer written contracts outlining exactly what services they provide for the fees they're charging?
- Are they licensed according to the requirements of your state, and if so, what pests are prevalent in your area? San Jose for example is humid and prone to termite infestation.
Being objective and thorough can improve your chances of finding a company that's both a good fit and a good bargain.
You Don't Always Get What You Pay For
Sometimes, you get more. The more expensive services are not necessarily the better ones. A study of more than 80 pest control companies revealed no connection between quality of service and price. There were companies at all levels of price and service with customers who expressed dissatisfaction for a variety of reasons. In some cases, infestations were completely overlooked. In others, customers were talked into purchasing services that either weren't needed or didn't help. On the other hand, companies offering services at a wide variety of price points had very satisfied customers.
Few homeowners are excited about having to hire an exterminator. However, if you invest a little time and effort in finding the right one, it can pay off in a quick and successful resolution to the problem.