Termite infestation is no doubt a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Besides the huge mess termites bring, they can as well cause massive damage to your home. Although insecticide sprays and bombs can eliminate some of them, it’s not as thorough and as good as when you hire a professional pest control company. The only dilemma now is choosing the right one for you. Fortunately, termites work slow, giving you some time to make an educated decision.
Here are some useful tips to help you find the right termite specialist:
First of all, never make a rush decision. You still have time to research on various termite exterminators in your area. Explore your options further by seeking recommendations from your social network—friends, relatives, colleagues. Chances are, your contacts know a few termite control companies that are worth checking out.
Now, with a list of potential termite control experts, you can start evaluating each of them using the following factors:
Certifications and Associations – One of the most important factors to consider in choosing a termite specialist is their certification. Are they licensed with the New South Wales Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 or a proper agency within your state? Legit companies are generally cooperative about the status of their certification and do not mind showing proof. If any company cringes at supplying this kind of information, cross it off your list and keep looking. It’s also an advantage if the company is a member of your state pest control association and the National Pest Control Association, which indicates that they have access to the most up-to-date pest control technologies and education. More importantly, ask them to show you their public liability and indemnity insurance. Without a proper insurance you are not covered for any damages as a result of a poor inspection or pest control treatments.
Site Visits – Most credible Pest control companies will initiate and schedule a site visit before giving a quote for their services—a reputable one usually offers a free quote. A preliminary appointment gives you the opportunity to assess their punctuality and inspection process. Remember that a good company is also willing to answer all your questions and provide explanations. A comprehensive written report, is a prerequisite for the termite treatment proposal.
Contracts and Guarantees – Read and compare carefully each contract you obtain, making sure you perfectly understand the terms and conditions before signing. Also, make sure that follow-up inspections are included in the contract to protect your property on an ongoing basis. Most professional Pest control companies offer a treatment guarantee should your premises become infected again during the term of the contract.
References – Feedbacks and testimonials from previous customers are extremely helpful in making a decision. As such, don’t hesitate to ask the termite exterminators to give you at least three client references that you can contact. Most often than not, the references offered are positive. Thus, a little research should be done. You may want to go online and check if there’s any available information about the company, which are sometimes discussed on forums. A good reputation is an indicator of excellent and reliable service.
After assessing all of these crucial factors, it would be much easier for you to decide which termite specialist to choose. Remember not to go with the first recommended company. Obtain proposals from at least three reputable Pest control companies. All you have to do from there is compare prices and the quality of the services and then select the one that fits your specific needs to treat your termite problem.