Getting rid of a pest infestation is no easy task, especially in the case of bed bugs, termites and other hard to get rid of pests. You pretty much have three options when pests invade your home; leave the pests alone (yea right!), try to exterminate the pests on your own or hire a professional company like Pestend pest control to do the dirty work for you.
The most effective options is of course to hire a professional who has experience in exterminating pests. As some of you may already know, hiring a pest control company can be quite expensive depending on the extent of infestation you face. With this in mind, be sure to do your research and only hire a company with the appropriate experience and a good reputation to avoid wasting time and money.
Be careful when selecting a pest control company to handle your pest infestation and don’t just go for the first one that tells you they can get the job done. In this article we have made a general checklist of things you should look for and ask when selecting an exterminator to kick those nasty pests out of your home.
Check that the pest control company is licensed
This one should be an obvious criteria for choosing a pest control company, and any company that will be providing a professional service to you for that matter. Having said that, be sure to check that the company you are working with is licensed because there are definitely some shady companies out there that are just trying to earn a quick buck and have no credentials at all.
Any pest control company in Ontario that uses pesticides must carry appropriate licensing with the provincial and federal governments. Having these licenses ensures that they are fully trained and capable of safely applying these dangerous chemicals to your home without harming your family or the surrounding environment.
If you have any sense of doubt with the pest control operator you are speaking with, do not hesitate to ask for a copy of their license so you can call the appropriate licensing office to make sure it is valid. This is not something you want to mess around with as it can mean danger for you, your family and pets.
Check that they are a member of a professional organization
Recognized professional organizations for pretty much any industry typically have strict guidelines that must be adhered to in order to be a member. By being a member of a professional pest control organization, you ensure that the company you will be working with abides by these guidelines and codes of conduct.
Professional pest control organizations also require members to learn about the latest methods available so that they are always up to date with the safest and most efficient methods available. By choosing a company that is a member of one of these organizations you ensure their staff are trained with the best practices on the market, keeping you and your family safe.
The three most recognized professional pest control organizations that Ontario pest control companies become members of are:
- Canadian Pest Management Association
- National Pest Management Association
- Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario or Ontario
Check that they use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach
Integrated Pest Management is a sophisticated approach to pest control which looks at the bigger picture. Instead of just looking at the immediate threat and trying to get rid of it right away, IPM looks at how the process can be done in an environmentally friendly way which is safe for the inhabitants of the home and is within the budget constraints of the homeowner while also looking at what can be done to prevent any similar problems from arising in the future.
Many pest control companies can get rid of the immediate threat, but often times don’t plan for what can happen next. Choosing a company which takes an IPM approach will ensure that they will get rid of the current pests while also setting up a long term solution keeping your house pest free for years to come.
Check that they have experience with your specific pest infestation
There are so many different pests that can infest your home or property in the GTA. Once you determine which pest it is, go through the checklist above to ensure they meet the criteria listed. Once you’ve found one that makes the cut, the final step is to check if they have experience dealing with the pest that has invaded your home, especially in the case of bed bugs.
Many pest control professionals will claim that they can get rid of any pests, but in reality there are very few that actually can. Most have their specialties and it is up to you to ask the right questions in order to find a company that can help with your current situation. Don’t be afraid to ask them for testimonials with clients that had a similar infestation to yours, it can mean the difference between a poorly done job and a long term solution.
Additional things to look for in a pest control company
There are some additional qualities that you should be aware of in selecting a pest control company. By looking for these along with all the recommendations above you will be sure to choose one of the best companies around, ensuring a successful extermination.
For example, just because the company you hire has been in business for 30 years, doesn’t mean all their operators have. Make sure to ask how long the exterminators that will be working on your house have been in the business for and what types of certifications you have so that you are getting what you pay for. To get the best results, however, only use a company that has some sort of guarantee to their approach. This will ensure that it is in their best interest to do an exceptional job on your home.
The reality is, you have to do your research when hiring someone to come into your home to get rid of annoying pests. The more prepared you are and the more questions you ask, the better the outcome will be saving you any future headaches.