How To Find The Right Pest Control Specialist
Discovering that your home has become the new hub to pests can be a big, gross and sometimes costly nuisance. On top of that, if this is your first time dealing with an infestation, it can be hard figuring out who to call to get the job done right.
Google is a great start, as it will show you what your options are. But what now? Instead of closing your eyes and picking whichever one your finger lands on, we figured we could assist you in making your decision by laying out some things you should be looking in a company, as well as some important questions you should ask before booking.
Not to mention, many pest control technicians come into your home to operate, which means choosing someone trustworthy is even more important. Certain pests also require your pest control specialist to use different treatments or chemicals in your home, so you want to ensure those treatments or chemicals won’t harm you, your family or your four-legged friends.
Terminix wants to help you find the right person for the job, which is why we’ve made this handy guide for selecting the right pest control specialist.
Do They Use Integrated Pest Management?
Has the company you’re inquiring with dealt with pest infestations of a similar nature to the one you’re dealing with before? Ask them. Be as specific as you can be over the phone and ask them flat out if they’ve dealt with an infestation of a similar nature before to ensure you won’t be their first customer with this particular type of infestation.
On top of that, you should feel comfortable asking the company to walk you through how they are planning to handle your problem. Are they planning to use chemicals? Baits? Traps? Exclusion? If a company is reputable, they should have no problem walking you through their plan. They should list out the steps they’re going to take to deal with your infestation.
The best way to tell the difference between an expert pest control exterminator and an amateur is if they offer integrated pest management services. Integrated pest management, or organic IPM, refers to holistic pest control strategies that seek to address the root causes of pest infestations, instead of just treating the symptoms with pesticides.
IPM can yield comprehensive, long-term results with minimal use of unsafe chemicals. All of Terminix Canada’s pest control specialists are trained to create organic IPM solutions.
Are They Government-Licensed Pest Exterminators?
You should only be hiring a pest control company that meets the proper licensing requirements for where you live. These requirements vary from province to province. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check what is required in your area. Don’t let anyone into your home who doesn’t meet these requirements.
At Terminix Canada, all of our pest control exterminators are fully licensed, certified, and held to the highest professional standards possible.
Are They A Member of Any Professional Pest Exterminator Associations?
Being part of a number of professional associations is a hallmark of any reputable business. The same goes for the pest control industry. Professional associations have stringent requirements and guidelines for membership. This ensures consumers can have peace of mind, and that the industry as a whole will be regarded as safe and legitimate.
Terminix Canada is a member of several associations for local pest exterminators. This includes the National Pest Management Association, Canadian Pest Management Association, QualityPro, and the Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario, among other provinces.
Trust Your Gut
The pest control specialist that you end up choosing will ultimately end up working in your home. That’s why it’s so crucial you feel safe with your choice. Even if the company meets all the above criteria, it’s important to trust your gut. If you get a bad feeling about the company, that is a good enough reason to say no. Make sure you appreciate their communication styles and feel comfortable in their presence. You are likely to have several interactions with your pest control specialist over a period of time. Therefore, if you have any doubts, just say no and find someone else.
When you need professional, reliable local pest control specialists in Canada, contact Terminix for a free consultation. For over 90 years, we’ve provided the efficient, effective and affordable pest control all over Canada. Let us do the same for you.
Give us a call today, we’ll be able to answer any questions you have!