Choosing A Preparation Company
How do I know if I am hiring the right Prepping Company to prepare my apartment for extermination?
ALL PREPARATION COMPANIES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL! We are proud to say that the first preparation company was pioneered by the Founder and CEO of Prep 4 Bed Bugs, LLC in 2009. The others, well you know what they say; “imitation is the best form of flattery”. In any event, a good prepping company will have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in place that incorporates a number of methodologies and techniques that makes sense. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.The underlying philosophy of bed bug IPM is based on the fact that bed bug infestations will not go away without intervention. Intervention is most effective when bed bug populations are low.
A coordinated community IPM program can alleviate both the discomfort and cost of managing bed bugs. Bed bug control is most effective when an IPM approach is implemented with diligent participation by all involved (residents, pest control companies and preparation companies). Therefore, your prepping company should ask you the name of your Pest Management Company. This is necessary to ensure that their prepping specifications are followed to the letter and that the prepping company is preparing the areas required your Pest Management Company.
Your prepping company should ask you to de-clutter as clutter gives bed bugs extra hiding places. Also, clutter could prevent the techs from making the perimeter of the rooms accessible for inspection and treatment by your Pest Management Company–therefore, rendering the treatment ineffective. Their technicians should be able to recommend furniture that should be discarded due to heavy bed bug infestations. For instance, sofas and platform beds with heavy infestations are difficult to treat. A good prepping company should have an understanding of the best methods for managing, controlling and eradicating bed bugs. Knowledge and education are crucial to effectively reducing the resurgence of bed bug population and future infestations. They should be able to provide you with information and answer questions about bed bugs life cycle, reproduction, harborages and behavior. Please know that no one knows everything there is to know about bed bugs so if they do not have the answer, they should find the answer get back to you. They should be able to provide you with information that will help facilitate the process and give you several money-saving treatment options; however, none that compromises the effectiveness of the treatment. They should also be able to provide you with preventative techniques.
Be an educated consumer. Don’t believe everything you read and don’t depend solely on advertisements, sales pitches and everything you read on web sites. Free publicity could give a company a leg up on other companies, but it doesn’t mean that they do quality work. On the other hand, being called upon to give presentations or to sit at a round-table discussion, with highly-regarded professionals, shows knowledge, experience and expertise–exactly the experience you need to help you with your bed bug issues.
In short, do your homework, ask lots of questions and interview several companies and compare services before making a decision.
We urge all potential clients to be vigilant in their search for preparation companies. A couple of days of due diligence isn’t going to exacerbate the situation. GET ESTIMATES! Clients who ask for estimates (for comparison purposes) end up choosing Prep 4 Bed Bugs over our competitors each and every time. Beware of companies offering a low-ball rate, but take longer than they should to complete the task as hand. Call us today for an all-inclusive flat rate and compare!
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