Bedbugs have, unfortunately, become a problem in homes, hotels and even businesses. They can be very challenging to address and get rid of, which is why one of most crucial decisions you will make in addressing bedbug issues is to pick the right pest control company. Here are some tips you can use to help you find the right company to rid you of bedbugs for good.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
It sounds like a fancy term, but it’s going to be one of your best indicators of a pest control company who can take your bedbug problems. IPM is a system that is used to control and eliminate bedbugs that goes beyond just treating with pesticides. Through the IPM approach vacuuming, steaming, cleaning, and even heating or freezing strategies are applied. IPM means that the company you have chosen is knowledgeable about bedbugs and will do a complete and thorough inspection of your property in order to come up with a plan to get rid of the pests. If a company takes a one-size-fits-all approach to this issue then they are not the company you are looking for.
The right pest control company will develop a strategy with you to prevent the situation from arising again. This is called a follow up strategy and it’s something you not only want, but need. It should include things like reapplications of pesticides and covers for bedding that will keep bedbugs from taking up residence again. If you live in an apartment or condo, follow up should also include working with the property manager to keep future infestations from happening in other units.
What is Included?
Getting rid of an infestation could cause your home or business to need repairs. A pest control company that you want to work with should give you a quote that includes a complete list of what their services include. If a company is hesitant to provide you with this, keep on looking.
Speaking of Quotes
When it comes to quotes, get more than one! Even if the first company you call does everything on this list it’s always a good idea to talk to at least one or two other companies. It doesn’t lock you into a deal with these other companies, it just merely sets your mind at ease that you are making the right choice. You want a fair price, but you also want complete services that will really get to the root of your bedbug problem and solve it. Ask for references too if it will make you more comfortable.
You will need to be diligent in order to make sure you are being given a fair price. You can make sure you are getting a fair price by the way the pest control company presents their pricing strategy to you. If they have not done an inspection of your home or business before they give you a quote then this indicates that they aren’t giving you a fair deal. In fact, they are likely inflating their price to make sure it will cover any potential problems that may arise, but they aren’t willing to take the time to find out what those are.
Finding the right pest control company to address your bedbug issues is a pretty important decision. Don’t hesitate to call companies in your area and ask questions in order to get the best service you can!