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There are a number of things to consider when looking for the best pest control companies. While most companies can take care of the most common types of pests, it is always a good idea to make sure your pest is a type the company can deal with. Most pest control companies will offer a guarantee on their jobs as well, which may be an important advantage if the pests ever return. Further, pest control services may be offered in many different ways, including the use of methods other than poison.
Pest control companies often specialize in different types of pest control. For example, some offer services for insect control, which may include termite control. Some may offer services for nearly all insects other than termites. Others may only deal in rodent control. Therefore, when choosing a company, it is necessary to understand what that area of specialty is. Once that has been determined, the next step is to find out what methods they employ.
In most cases, especially when fighting insects, pest control companies will use a variety of poisons, most of which attack the central nervous system of the insects. The problem, especially for those families with young children, is that these poisons are also harmful to humans, though usually not lethal. They can cause illness, or even permanent disability. Therefore, it is essential that a homeowner query pest control companies to understand how they deal with households where there are younger children. An exterminator may use different chemicals, for example, in areas where children may have easy access.
For rodent control, non-poisonous methods may be more of an option. Though poisons for rodents can be quite effective, there are other methods that can also be used, including lethal and non-lethal traps. These traps could also pose a risk to children who may get their fingers trapped in them. Pest control companies should utilize child-proof traps when this is a concern. Those who do not offer these as options may not be the best choice for some families.
As with any type of service, pest control companies should offer references, and should have a file with the local Better Business Bureau. These resources can be very valuable in determining how satisfied customers are with the service. Given the fact that employees from these companies will have access to a personal residence, finding out what problems, if any, there have been in the past is a good idea. Otherwise, a homeowner may be opening themselves up to a lot of risk.
Thanks for all of the advice. I need to get pest control, that's for sure. I cannot handle bugs and this has been a long summer!
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