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Important Questions to Ask a Pest Control Company in California

When you encounter a pest problem, your first instinct might be to reach for your pesticides and pesticide-laced traps. But before you do, take a step back and think about the situation. There’s no need to try to handle the issue yourself. The first stage of solving a pest problem is to identify it. 

A pest control company in California will be able to help you identify the pest problem and provide you with the best solution. When you’re dealing with pests, there are some specific questions you should ask the service provider company.

What pests do you control?

Before you sign the agreement, it’s crucial to understand the pests you’ll be dealing with. You’ll also want to see a list of the pests the company deals with, so you know they’ve got a comprehensive list. 

Not all companies in California will handle every type of pest, so it’s essential to stick to a company that does. Even if your city or county has approved a control plan that includes certain pests, you’ll still want a company that handles those pests.

Do you use pesticides or other methods to control pests?

If your contract includes pesticides, ask about their usage guidelines and restrictions. Some companies will only use safe pesticides, and you might violate your city’s rules if you use pesticides that aren’t approved by the town. If the company doesn’t use pesticides, that’s great. 

Pest control companies that don’t use pesticides are harder to find, but it’s still possible. You’ll want to ask if they have other control methods and, if so, what they are. Both pest extermination and control use chemicals to help eliminate pests, but exterminators tend to use more robust and less environmentally friendly chemicals.

How much is a pest control contract?

This is the most straightforward and most important question to ask. You don’t want to sign a long-term contract with a pest control company, but you also don’t want to sign a one-year contract. Your contract should last no more than a year and shouldn’t cost more. That includes service, installation, and the cost of any pesticides you’ll be using.

Who is the primary contact person?

You want to know who the primary contact person is so that you can reach out to them for help. Do you have a question about the contract, whom to call, or how to schedule service? You want to know who to contact. If you ever have a problem with the company, you want to know who to contact. You’re probably in a rush and don’t want to spend hours calling company customer service. You can’t solve a pest problem if you don’t know how to manage it.

How long do their pest control contracts last?

This is an important question to ask. You don’t want to sign an agreement that lasts long. If you sign a three-year contract, and the contract is for $500 per month, you’ll be paying that contract for three years. If you sign a two-year contract, you might find a higher bill. It’s essential to know how long the agreement is to know how much to expect when it expires.

Do they offer any preventative measures?

This is another crucial question to ask. You want to know if the company offers any preventative measures. That could mean they offer pesticide-free treatments or services like termite treatments that kill any current termites in the home. As we mentioned above, you don’t want to sign a long-term contract, but you also don’t want to sign a one-year contract either. It’s important to know what you’re signing up for.

How quickly can you service me?

You want to know how quickly the company can come to treat your home. You don’t want to wait weeks to get service, but you want to know how long the service would take if the company were on time. It’s easy to put off service if you know it would take hours, but knowing how long it would take if the company were on time is helpful.

Conclusion

It can be a challenge to find the right pest control company, primarily when you’re located in California. There are various pest control companies to choose from, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the best one for the job.

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