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Pesky bugs are difficult to exterminate, and it’s hard to get rid of them on your own. For all but the very smallest insect infestations — and when you see one roach, there are probably 100 more in hiding — you need to hire a pest control service. Here are the reasons to keep in mind if you are even thinking about doing your own pest control.
Pest control pros can provide you with more effective and quicker results than if you tried to deal with your pest problem yourself. Pest control experts have more experience with pest control, and they have access to chemicals that may not be readily available to unlicensed consumers. Pest control pros can implement extermination plans quickly and efficiently eliminate pests in a relatively short amount of time.
How short an amount of time? Many pest control treatments eliminate bugs and other pests in just one to six hours. (Problems that require fumigation may take up to a week.) Compare that to however many months and years you have been trying to take care of the problem on your own.
We have all seen the ads portraying the exasperated homeowner who keeps a spotless home and still has roached. And we all know of beautifully maintained homes that have termites or rodent problems that seem to come out of nowhere.
Pest control professionals can find the nesting sites, garbage, plants, soil, pet food, or nooks and crannies in your walls where pests live. They can identify the tiny openings around utility cables, dryer vents, and door jams that let insects go in and out freely. They can find the spots on your roof where rats can enter your home, and they can identify the tall grasses and dead leaves where pests thrive.
If you eliminate pests in your home but your don’t find where they are coming from, more infestations are likely. Pest control pros can identify the sources of your pest problems to prevent future infestations.
If you compare the cost of a can of bug spray and the cost of a visit by a pest control company, do it yourself is obviously cheaper. But if you consider the damage many rodents and insect pests can do to your home, a contract with a pest control company probably saves you money.
Insect pests and rodents can destroy clothes, carpets, rugs, electronics, wooden furniture, floors, doors, walls, and foundations. You will eventually have to pay the price for unsuccessful do it yourself pest control. Paying a professional can cost you less money over the long run.
Angie’s List tells us that most of their members spend about $150 a year on indoor pest control treatments and about $215 a year on outdoor pest control treatments. Most pest control bills run from $100 to $250. Fumigation for termites is much more expensive, averaging from $1250 to $5000, depending on the complexity of the pest problem and the size of your house.
You can wait until you are desperate to get rid of pests and spend a lot of money, or you can contract with your pest control professional for monthly or quarterly treatments. Treating your home and yard at period intervals keeps them pest-free all year round, usually at a cost of about $35 a month or $75 every three months.
In most of the United States, it’s impossible to sell your home without a favorable termite inspection report. If you have stayed ahead of termite infestations, you will find it that much easier to sell your home at a favorable price. If you haven’t, you may not be able to recover all the gains you would otherwise expect on your single, largest investment of time and money.
Just as it is in any other profession, some pest control professionals are more skilled than others. There are a few questions every homeowner should ask before hiring any pest control pro.
Don’t let any pest control technician enter our home before you see their ID, certification, and license, and you check with your state pest control board’s website to make sure they are current. Nearly every state requires pest control technicians and contractors to be certified and to participate in annual training. Most pest control companies will include their state license numbers in their advertising.
Things can go wrong during pest control work. Bonds and insurance protect you from financial harm if your pest control pro makes a major mistake that causes you to have to leave your house or that causes damage to your property. If your pest control pro isn’t bonded and insured, they are probably operating without a license, and they probably don’t maintain the professional standards you need for your protection.
Your exterminator should be able to answer all of your pest control questions. They should be able to identify bugs you have caught (don’t take them to the pest control office!) and they should be able to give you detailed information about all the chemicals they use in treatment. They should be able to answer all of your questions about the safety of your family, your pets, and your prized possessions. If your pest control pro doesn’t have the answers to one or two of your questions, that’s OK, too, if they admit they need more information. But you should always feel at ease with your pest control contractor’s level of expertise.
The old adage is that appearances are deceiving, but it is also true that appearances count. Your pest control pro should arrive in a clean uniform without any scents of chemicals used on other jobs. Your pest control pro should be organized, everything ready to go, no fumbling around to find equipment or chemicals. The truck, the chemicals and the way they are stored, and the punctuality of your pest services provider should all point to a high level of professionalism.
Nearly all states have enacted laws to make sure their citizens are not victimized by fly by night pest control technicians. Your pest control pro will have at least to have taken and passed a rigorous exam covering chemicals, chemical formulations, pesticide toxicity, safety equipment, application equipment, and labels, along with questions about ants, cockroaches, bees and wasps, pet parasites, flies, spiders, and rodents. There will also be questions about state and federal pest control laws and environmental protection.
Most states will require pest control pros to have studied these topics in a trade school or community college setting, and the trade schools and community colleges in turn will require students to have graduated from high school or to have a GED. Pest control pros must have a commercial driver’s license, be certified physically capable of performing the job, and they must have completed an apprenticeship with a licensed pest control professional before they are fully licensed.
Different kinds of pest control work require different licenses. Specialized training is needed for pest control on farms and in commercial establishments in most states.