North America, in spite of whatever weather it has, still has its share of house pests like termites, red ants, spiders, and mosquitoes. It sometimes amazes us that something smaller than your thumbprint can literally bring you and your house, down. These terrible creepy crawlies can cause damage to your home and not to mention bringing health problems to your door. Termites are known to eat through a wood wall in less than 3 months. Mosquitoes bring dengue fever. Some spiders are poisonous and ant bites can cause skin infection.
So what can you do to protect your home and family from these pests? This is something that is best left to professionals rather than just a weekend DIY project. A professional pest controller can rid your home of pests and offer valuable advice for keeping your home pest-free. This quick guide can help you choose a good and professional pest controller:
Get to know your pest
No two pests are alike. So the first step in pest control is identifying what you are dealing with. Before approaching a pest control professional:
- Identify your pest(s)
- Assess the level of infestation
Choosing a pest control professional
Begin by comparing at least three pest control quotes for similar services. You can then select your desired level of service and your particular home needs. Rest assured that all professional pest controllers are prequalified and quality tested. Also, reputation reveals a lot. Nothing beats a personal recommendation from family, friends, and neighbours. A pest controller with satisfied customers is confident they get consistent customer references when new clients make a selection because they are:
- Licensed pest control operators
- Members of the Environmental Pest Managers Association (EPMA)
- With full general liability insurance
- With written work guarantees
- Able to satisfactorily answer your pest control questions
Prepare for your pest controller
Clear clutter from the floors. You do not want clothes, shoes or toys being layered with pesticide. Be sure to clear tables and kitchen surfaces of food or cutlery. Remember, pest treatments usually contain a degree of poison. Avoid initial skin contact with the chemicals to avoid allergic reactions or worse.
Benefits of a professional pest controller
Do-it-yourself pest control might be an option when treating pests, but for peace of mind and effective pest control, professional pest controllers always have:
- Expert knowledge and training to effectively treat household pests.
- Skills in safe handling and application of pest treatments.
- Valuable information to help you eliminate pests and prevent them.