Experts take on an infestation with a single and, if required, a second application, which generally eliminates any pest issues depending, of course, on what type of infestation they're dealing with.
They instruct the homeowner to call their office at any reoccurrence of the problem, upon which they will promptly return to finish the job. Over decades of hands-on experience they have found that annual inspections are all that is necessary to keep the vast majority of homes pest-free.
Many professionals find it completely uncalled for to continually spray a home that has no bugs. Not only is it a waste of time and money, but it also unnecessarily exposes residents to harmful chemicals on a routine basis. They are so against this both dangerous and wasteful practice that they refuse to do it and warn people to be mindful of scammers.
Pest Control Scam
The vast majority of pest control workers are fantastic professionals, who protect us from those insects and pests that can do us harm and damage our property. Yet, as in any industry, there are those just out to make a dime, and you have to wonder if they're really killing anything… except your wallet.
One of the biggest scams among the less legitimate pest control companies is to actually professionally provide a service that you have asked them to do. They tackle the infestation but then, when the job is complete, they miraculously know that the problem has not been taken care of. Not only that, but a second application probably won't do it either. They suddenly have a great idea, sign a yearly contract, plus, get this, if the bugs aren't gone by the end of the year, this contract will automatically renew. Easy, hassle free… Sure, except it’s a scam.
For one thing there are laws in place in most countries about contracts that self-renew. The truth is, you would never be pressured by a licensed pro to sign anything and, if you require anything more than a single application, the expert should be able to explain in great detail as to why.
We all panic when we think we have an infestation in our home. We're vulnerable, and falling for these scams is not difficult when you believe a person that identifies himself or herself as a professional. Why would you have reason to doubt what this person is telling you?
We can’t tar the entire industry with the same brush though and serious infestations are not anything that should be tackled as any kind of DIY-type endeavor. The products available on the retail market may treat the 'symptoms' or see visible critters ‘disappear’, but they do nothing to shutdown the actual causes.
Avoid scams by thoroughly researching who is licensed and regulated in your local area to perform the services you require. Once you find a few, go through the reviews of their customers, then call and get references. Then get quotes and have a question/answer session with the actual companies, pick three. Once you choose someone and they come into your home, always ask to see the license. If you follow these steps, you’re much more likely to have a safe, cost effective and hassle free experience.
Identifying an Infestation
They may be small, tiny living creatures, but they can pack a massive punch. They have a way of leaving a trail - or heap - of evidence and if you have an idea of what to look for, you will know they're here. Listed below are some of the worst indications that you are not alone:
Preventing the pets
In between the time that your pest control professional comes each year, you'll want to take measures to avoid anything being attracted to your house. Regularly doing these things will help prevent a new infestation from establishing itself in your home.
The experts that come to treat your home appreciate homeowners who take an active approach to the prevention of infestations. It makes their jobs a lot easier, and reduces the number of times they need to come back. The true professionals don't like having to spray homes more than is necessary; they don’t want to expose their clients to pesticides any more than they absolutely have to.
What Some 'professionals' Won't Tell You
There are, as in every business, some bad apples in the 'professional' realm. They don't divulge everything that they're supposed to and provide a less than quality customer service.
Using a professional is the way to go when eradicating a massive infestation of pests from your home. You cannot do it on your own. In finding a good professional, you want someone with as much experience in the business as possible; decades even, because they're looking out for you the customer not themselves. That's how it should always be, having the customer's best interest in mind. So find a service you like, trust and know always cares for their reputation. There’s too much at risk not to do otherwise.
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