There’s a plethora of pest control companies operating in North America. If you search “extermination services in Montreal” in Google, you’ll get over 600,000 results. But while it’s really easy to find these companies online nowadays, they’re not all the same. Some have been around longer and some have better reputations. To ensure you get the right pest control company to help you get rid of your pest problem at home, here are some tips to consider:
- You can ask your friends or family if they have used a pest control service in the past. If they have, check with them if they were satisfied with the service they received, and if they say yes then get in touch with that company.
- Use the Internet to find reputable service providers. Then check their website, know about the different services they provide and ask for a quote. If you’re happy with the info you’ve obtained so far, then read customer reviews. There are online directories like Yelp where people can leave reviews about a particular business.
- You should also check if the company is registered and/or licensed to apply pesticides by your city or state’s pesticide regulatory agency.
Questions to Ask
If everything checks out, it’s time to give the company a call. You can interview them over the phone or schedule an appointment so you can meet them in person. The following are the questions you should ask:
- Are you a member of any recognized pest control organization? To become a member of these associations, a company will need to be given a periodic evaluation to ensure they are following pest management protocols and ethical business practices.
- Do you use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach in eliminating certain pests?
- Can you provide me with references?
- Will you check my property before you give me a final quote?
- Do you have liability insurance? The insurance policy will cover any damage to your property during treatment.
Other Tips to Consider
If you’re looking for a pest control company to handle a major pest problem (i.e. in a commercial establishment), it means a considerable amount of money is involved. To ensure you don’t end up spending more than what you need to, you should get bids from several extermination service providers.
Finally, don’t rush in making a decision. While a pest problem certainly is an urgent matter, you need to be certain that you’re paying for the services of someone whose judgment, expertise and skills you can trust. You need to understand the pest species you are dealing with, the extent of infestation and what needs to be done to solve the problem. Take time to interview several providers, ask them questions and find out from their previous customers if they are actually as good as they claim to be.