Pests can never be welcomed in the homes and you, as the owner of your home must take steps to the best of your capability to keep them away from your home. While constant awareness and good sanitation is important to get rid of pest, at times the situation so worsens that you need to hire a professional pest control company. I myself think hiring a pest control company is the best thing to do, as they are the experts and they can deal with pests much efficiently and in better ways than you can. However, not all companies are good, so you need to be a little aware and choosy while hiring a pest control company. Ever wondered what makes a good professional pest control company and what is worth knowing when hiring them to do pest control at your home or office? There are many pest exterminator companies out there, they all offer pest extermination services and still charge differently, wondering why? Well, because it all depends on the quality and expertise of the operators, the kind of pesticides (chemical, organic, herbal etc) they use and the overall service quality and there’s much more to it.
And if you are looking to engage a pest control company to do integrated pest management at your home or office and wondering what’s worth asking and knowing when hiring a pest control company, then here’s the post worth checking. We have worked with hundreds of pest control companies and we know the industry inside out. Today I am sharing a list of the most essential and important things worth knowing when hiring a pest control company, especially in India. And I bet, you’ll consider these essential things, when hiring a pest control company, the chances of getting it right will multiply manifold.
Some of you may feel that hiring a pest control company is a costly affair and sometime it’s of no use. But let me tell you, if the infestation becomes large then ultimate cost of not using pest control can be much more than hiring a professional pest control company to exterminate the pests and bugs completely.
In fact the problem of pests is increasing day by day. They not just make the home environment dirty but are actually the germ bearers that may cause the outbreak of diseases in your home. So, the quicker you get rid of the pests in your home or office, the better for you.
But that does not mean you should just hire any pest control company in hurry. You need to check a few of the essential things like the process, the products, and machineries and overall approach of the pest control companies. If you ignore these essential things, you may not get the desired results and ultimately the money you spend on pest control, might just get wasted. Moreover, if you do not do proper verifications, there is also a possibility of falling into the hands of below average pest control agencies that are not going to eliminate the paste correctly. And remember, unless the pests are eliminated correctly, chances of pest infestation will always be higher. And that’s why it’s better to do adequate screening and check for the essential things that matters while hiring a pest control company in India.
Hiring a pest control company? Here’s what you should know
Living amidst the pests can be very unhygienic and unhealthy. So even if it cost you a few extra bucks to take professional help, I think it is completely worth it. Moreover, there are pest control companies of every cost range, so you can hire one that suits your budget. But, you cannot compromise with the efficiency of the company as the ultimate goal of hiring the pest exterminator is to eliminate the pest infestation completely. But this is where some of us get it wrong and even after engaging a pest control company; we don’t get the desired results in removing pests and bugs from our home or workplace.
Listed below are some of the most important things to consider when hiring a pest control company in India. These are basic criteria that you need to keep in mind before hiring a pest control agency, if you get the hiring right, the need results are going to be right.
So, here you go.
Needless to say, the number of years a company is there in this pest control business says a lot about their expertise and efficiency. The more experienced companies may charge a little more than a newbie or an average agency. But they will have more knowledge about pest related issues. And in most cases they will also be upgraded with the latest techniques needed to eliminate pest infestations of all types. In short, there is high probability that you will be highly satisfied with the end result, when you hire a pest control company that has right kind of knowledge and experience.
Pest control license
Besides looking for experience, one of the important things to consider when hiring a pest control company is whether the company is licensed or not. There are many mediocre pest control companies who may try to lure you with low charges only to dupe with your money later. So you must be very sure that the company you have decided to hire is appropriately licensed to handle pesticides and offer pest control services.
Every company must have licenses to practice pest control, so please do not shy away from asking them to show their license related documents. Moreover, being licensed also is kind of a confirmation that the technicians of the company are well trained in performing pest control operations. You may even ask them to show their individual certificates as well if you want to be double sure.
This is the world of the internet and almost every company will have a proper company website and social presence. Before selecting a pest control company, it is advisable that you do proper research on them. And one way to get it right is to thoroughly check their website, especially for reviews and testimony of their past customers.
Generally, the website of any company says a lot about them starting from their years of experience to the cases they have solved to the various reviews of their previous customers. So, check all of the reviews well and try to get an idea about the quality and overall customer satisfaction. It is not that there cannot be any negative review but you need to judge the ratio of good reviews with bad ones. In case you see a bad review, thoroughly check on what basis has that particular person given a negative review. Checking reviews can give you fair idea of the quality of the service of a particular company you are going to hire.
While doing proper research about any company from the internet and then hiring it is great, your first preference must be to hire a company which is referred by your friends or family. I mean hiring from reference is probably the best approach, for you will get a good idea and feedback on how the company works and the chances of falling into the hands of mediocre companies can be eliminated. This is actually safe because no one from your friends and family will refer you a company whose work has not impressed him or her.
Therefore, it is important that you ask your friends, relatives, neighbors etc and check if they can refer you any pest control company who has worked for them or whom they have known to be doing good work in this field for a long time.
Rates and charges of services
Needless to say that the rates of pest control companies should matter to you. If the rates and charges of the pest control company you are planning to hire is too high then you should try and find the reason for their higher rates. As you know, rates of pest control services may actually vary depending on the kind of pest problem you have and based on several other factors.
But that does not mean that you will have to go for a highly priced or a very cheaply priced pest control agency. At first glance, the low prices may seem tempting but you ultimately need an efficient pest control company with good equipment and upgraded modern technologies and companies charging too cheap may not have all these. In short, they may not have that efficiency needed for this job and you may have to end up spending more money in hiring some other company later on.
Also, the chances of falling under the trap of mediocre companies also increase. This is because average quality service provider keeps their pricing too low so that the customers get tempted.
It is best if you can arrange for a decent budget and go for a company that has got decent and affordable price range. For that, you can take the help of the internet and compare the rates properly and then take the decision. The trick is to find the balance and for that you should compare rates of pest control companies before hiring.
Know the pesticides
In many cases, in order to get rid of the pests completely, the company has to take the help of various types of pesticides, which is kind of OK, but you should know about these pesticides well in advance. For this, you need to have a thorough discussion on what chemicals the pest control company plans to use and whether these have any adverse impacts or not. If there are negative impacts, then you can check for other alternative non-chemical option as well.
However, if there are no other options then you may ask them to show you a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and specimen label for each of the chemicals the company plans to use. If the company fails to show all the documents, then you may even drop the idea of hiring it.
It is necessary that you hire a pest control company that offers you some kind of service guarantee. Now, it is true that nothing is predictable and that things may not go as per expectation despite the guarantee. But it is a fact, that the companies that offer guarantees to you are at least confident of their work and will try their best to get customer satisfaction. Also, they may have compensation policies in case things go too wrong.
Review the contract
In case you are hiring the pest control company for ongoing service, then it is important that you discuss about the available options with the technicians or the sales representative thoroughly at the very beginning. Like for example, whether you want a monthly service or quarterly service to eradicate the pests completely.
The best option is to go for monthly services in the beginning and then shift to a less frequent maintenance service afterwards. Make sure to read the contracts properly, read every detail like payment terms, frequency of service, kind of treatment they intend to offer in subsequent services, clear out your doubts if any and then take the appropriate decision.
The professional appearance and approach of the service provider matters a lot. It kind of reflects an image of the company as a whole. The reason why I am asking you to review the overall presentation is that most good companies are quite conscious of their brand image and so they are very particular about how they or their representative present the company. I mean a neat and clean uniform does not guarantee anything. But yes it shows the professionalism and that may comfort you.
What else is important to know when hiring a pest control company?
Having pests at home is not at all cool rather it is very unhygienic. So if needed you must hire a good pest control company and get rid of the problem from its very roots. However, the efficiency of the pest control company you are going to hire for pest removal is seriously important. It’s because the end result depends on the expertise and approach of the agency and hence you need to be a little choosy while hiring the pest control company.
Now, it is not easy to choose a perfect pest control company since there are so many pest control agencies out there. But if you do the selection on the basis of some important parameters, then I think you will not go wrong with your choice of hiring pest control agencies. I have already shared a few essential things worth knowing when hiring a pest control company. So if you are considering to hire an agency for pest control, then you may like to check reviews, evaluate chemicals being used and obviously pricing etc. If you follow the best practices that we have discussed above, chances of you getting wrong with hiring pest Control Company will be very thin.
However, you yourself need to be a bit smart while conversing with the pest control companies as this will help you quite a lot in bargaining and hiring. Also, do some background study of the present market prices as that is necessary in cracking proper deals. Also, if you are able to portray a very confident image of yours in front of them, they will dare not try to fool you in any way.
Have you ever hired a pest control company for pest removal at your home or office? How do you approach them and what else do you think once should consider when hiring a pest control company? Feel free to share your hacks and tips that can help improve the way we hire pest control service providers.
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