How do I hire a pest control company?

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How do I find a pest control company in Phoenix, Arizona that will solve my pest problems

Question: I need to hire a pest control company that will solve my pest problems, how do I find the right one?

Answer: This is a great question. We will answer this in 2 parts:

  1. General recommendations for common customer needs in Phoenix, Arizona
  2. The steps to take to find a pest control company.

1. Determine what your needs are

The great majority of calls that we receive revolve around 2 main categories: General Pest Control and Termite Control. We will briefly address the common considerations around each.

General Pest Control
General pest control service is most often is used for controlling common Arizona pests such as ants, crickets, black widows, scorpions, rodents, ticks, fleas, earwigs and other common pests. There are a few things to consider when deciding the type of care or treatment options best for your situation. These will help ensure your service adequately matches your expectations and provides the best solution for your particular needs.

  • What type of pest pressure are you experiencing? Are you ok with a certain level of activity or are you more comfortable with some activity in and around your home? Answering these questions will help to determine what type of program will best fit your needs.
  • Generally, for someone looking for control, a fully guaranteed every other month program is the most popular customer choice. Every other month is a lower annual investment than monthly service and excellent control can generally be obtained. A fully guaranteed treatment program will also provide you with service in between treatments at no charge if you are experiencing unusual activity.
  • If you are experiencing a heavy infestation, have low tolerance for pest activity and/or experience constant pest pressure you may want to consider a monthly service.
  • The best results in getting control and keeping control of unwanted pests is by using several types of control methods. This multi-step approach is referred to as Integrated Pest Management. Eliminating pest nesting and breeding areas, preventing pests from getting inside in the first place by not allowing them easy access to the home are effective control tools that can be used with products to keep pest activity to a minimum. This scientific approach to pest management provides better control and does not rely solely on the use of products to obtain control.

Termite Control
Termites are very prevalent through the Phoenix metro area. When looking into how much does a termite treatment cost, there are a few factors which can affect the treatment cost which primarily depends on the size of the infestation and the size of the treatment area. In most cases, a liquid termite treatment is preferable to a “bait” approach for the specific types of termites we find most often in Phoenix, Arizona. A proposal from a reputable termite company should clearly identify the following:

  • The license number of the company and the license number of the individual performing the inspection.
  • A detailed sketch that clearly documents the recommended treatment approach.
  • Documentation on the type of product that will be used.

2. What to Look for In a Company

When looking for an exterminator, the following is a list of specifics you may want to consider to help ensure that they are knowledgeable, experienced and capable of meeting your expectations.

  1. Reputation – What is the reputation of the company? Does it achieve validation from respected third parties such as Angie’s list, the Better Business Bureau and Rosie on the House?
  2. Guarantees – Does the company back its work with guarantees that provide you the confidence that the work will be done correctly?
  3. Personnel – Does the company perform the basics in hiring its staff such as performing back ground checks, requiring the proper licensing with the State of Arizona and provide regular on-going training?

We hope you have found these tips on understanding what types of pest control services are going to best meet your needs useful. If you have additional questions that we may be able to help with let us know.

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