Every homeowner wants to make sure they’re choosing the best pest control professional out there! This task can seem daunting because there are many options to choose from. Key factors you should consider when making this decision are service coverage, price, employee selection, and ongoing warranty. If you find a pest control company that checks all of these boxes, you’ll be golden!

Service Coverage

The first thing you should look at is service coverage. It is essential to choose a plan that covers the pest issue you’re facing, along with any pest issues you may be concerned about in the future. Figure out if the program will effectively cover your specific issue, and exactly what the timeline of control or elimination will be.

Keep in mind that timelines can vary. In some cases, you may need to have pest control services for a year or longer. These long-term preventative measures help continue to keep your pest problems at bay. Additionally, please note that some pest issues, like fleas, can be completely eliminated; while other issues, like spiders or ants, may continue to come back from time to time, even with a solid preventative program.

With an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach, you’ll want to make sure your service includes two key points: callbacks at no charge if needed, and pest management. Pest management is the ongoing process of learning where the pest activity is coming from and how to prevent or seal up entry points. This process might be necessary since sometimes “spraying” or treatment alone won’t solve the problem.

Keep in mind that unless you choose an “all-in-one” service, you may need to add on additional services to cover all of your pest control concerns. It is always best to ask upfront so you know what is covered before agreeing to the service plan.

Price

Price is another key factor you should assess when choosing a pest control professional. Yes, you get what you pay for, but you can also be overcharged. Make sure you are getting a program that covers what you need without a lot of additional investments in the future. For example, if you’re getting your home treated for pavement ants, check to see if the program also covers carpenter ants and possible flea issues in the future.

The pricing of your service plan will often take into account hours, material, and expertise. Here is an example of what you might pay for a full program. If we’re looking at a normal quarterly service you could expect to pay anywhere from $120 – $200 for the initial visit. The ongoing visits could then drop down to $75-$110.

Be mindful that most of the time you will get a service that covers the interior and exterior during the initial visit and then only covers the exterior for the duration of the service. However, if needed, the interior can be serviced for basic pest issues as they arise.

All in all, don’t select a cheap service that does not directly address your pest concerns!

Employee Selection

Another important component to consider is employee screening. The company you’re receiving services from should conduct candidate research, background tests, drug tests, and ensure their values and morals align with the company. These employees have the responsibility of taking care of one of your biggest assets; your home. While it might be difficult, try to do as much research as you can about the company’s hiring process. 

Ongoing Warranty

Arguably, the most important factor to consider when searching for a pest control professional is to ensure your service has an ongoing warranty.

Does the service plan have a money-back guarantee? What does the follow-up look like? No matter what the service is, you should have some coverage for at least 30 days after your treatment. Ideally, you should have coverage for up to a few months, because the pests could be reintroduced and come back into your home.

Let’s look at an example warranty for termite treatment. Let’s say the company you’re hiring uses Termidor to treat the termites. Termidor is transported by the termite to the colony and it quickly spreads to the other termites. It will control a termite colony in 90 days or less.

Your first question should be, “What is the warranty?” What does the warranty cover? Does it transfer to any new owners? Will it include an inspection every year? Does it cover free treatments if the termites return? It’s vital to ask your pest control professional these questions to ensure you’re getting a warranty you feel is fair. 

All of these elements play a big role in choosing the right pest control company for you and your pest issue. If you ask the right questions and do your research, a good company will shine through and help keep pests at bay! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to T&G Pest Control with any questions or concerns about the pests in your home.