Choosing A Pest Mangement Company
How do I know if I am hiring the right pest management company to get rid of my bed bugs?
While there are thousands of pest management companies in the United States—over 2000 in New York; however not all “specializes” in bed bug control–so thoroughly investigate the experience of each company that you are considering.
Choosing a good pest management company is an important decision. You want the company you choose to eradicate bed bugs from your space quickly and effectively using environmentally sound pest management methods. When people discover that they have bed bugs, they want to get rid of them right away. Don’t panic! Your problem will not get much worse in a few days. So take a couple of days to do your homework.
A good Pest Management Company will have a sound bed bug management program in place that is thorough, make sense and incorporates different methodologies and treatment methods. Their program should include inspection, identification, treatment and a follow up visit; as it should take at least two treatments to successfully eradicate bed bugs. They should stand behind their work and be available to answer your questions when you call.
While very few Pest Management Companies offer a guarantee, you should try to negotiate one with them—one that requires them to return if bed bugs are not gone after their treatment at no additional cost to you. A good Pest Management Company should provide you with sound information and recommendations on what to do to enhance the effectiveness of their bed bug management program.
Be an educated consumer. Don’t depend solely on advertisement or sales pitches and don’t believe everything you read of their web sites. Just because a pest management company advertises that they are “experts” doesn’t mean that they are—ask lots of questions! Interview more than one company. While no one knows all there is to know about bed bugs, your Pest Management Company should be able to answer your questions truthfully or if necessary find the answers and get back to you. When you call them, you should have no trouble contacting a supervisor or manager to discuss your questions and or concerns.
Bed bug infestations will not go away without intervention. Intervention is most effective when bed bug populations are low–so early detection is crucial. If you suspect you have bed bugs, perform frequent inspections around your sleeping area. If you are unable to find any sign of bed bugs activity, but are waking up with itchy blotches or raised bumps, call in a professional; However, you should know that on the onset of a bed bug condition, beds are difficult to detect–even for professionals. Canine inspections are 98% accurate in alerting to live bed bugs and viable eggs. If you find a bug, but is not sure if it’s a bed bug, compare it the picture on the Life Cycle of A Bed Bug page on this web site or email us a picture of it and we will let you know if it’s a bed bug or not.
Finally, there are no secrets, shortcuts or magic bullets when it comes to ridding bed bugs. If a program or price sounds too simple or too good to be true, it probably is!
Here Are A Few Questions You Should Ask Pest Management Companies Before Engaging Their Service:
- How long have you been in business?
- How many years of experience do you have treating bed bugs?
- Do you perform inspections before you decide what control method(s) to use?
- Do you have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in place?
- Do you peform followup inspections?
- How do you monitor the results?
- If bed bugs are not gone after the first treatment, will I be charged for additional treatments?
- Do you charge per room or per apartment or job?
- What are the terms of your service agreement?
- What, if anything, will I need to do before and after your visit?
- Do you guarantee your service? If so, what are the terms?
TO AVOID UNETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU AVOID USING PEST MANAGEMENT COMPANIES THAT OFFER CANINE INSPECTIONS AND PREPARATION SERVICES. IF POSSIBLE USE ONE COMPANY TO PERFORM THE CANINE INSPECTION, A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COMPANY TO PREP AND ANOTHER TO TREAT. THIS REDUCES THE CHANCE OF UNETHICAL PRACTICE.