Native Pest Management provides pest control and exterminating services throughout Southeastern Florida.
Below are great tips to use when selecting a pest management provide for your home, family, or commercial property in Florida.
- Look for qualified and licensed pest control professionals and companies that are members of national, state or local pest management associations.
- Ask friends and neighbors to recommend professional pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
- Ask to see proper licensing and credentials from the pest management professional that comes to solve your pest problem.
- If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management professionals.
- Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional pest control advice, as well as skillful treatment, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
- Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the pest species, the extent of the infestation and the work necessary to solve the problem.
- Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
- If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing professional pest control, prevention and management are necessary.
- Buy value, not price. Do not make a purchasing decision based solely on the lowest cost.
- Homeowners can call state pest management regulatory agencies for information regarding the status of professional pest control companies. In most states the regulatory agency is the State Department of Agriculture.
- Check the Better Business Bureau for complaints or accolades to help form your decision. Consumers can also consult online databases such as Service Magic, Angie’s List, Yelp!, etc. to get a broader picture of consumer sentiment.
Some pest control companies offer service contracts in which structures are routinely treated for a particular pest. Contracts may be necessary in some situations such as warehouses that receive crates often infested with cockroaches. In general, routine pesticide applications in and around your home are not good unless there is a constant infestation by a pest and non-chemical methods have failed to control the pest. Service contracts for the homeowner should include periodic inspections, but pesticides should not be applied unless the pests are actually present and cannot be controlled by other means.
Generally, it is customary for termite control work to be guaranteed from one to five years. Make sure you know what the guarantee covers and determine if there is a yearly inspection charge. In addition, find out if the pest control company is responsible for structural damage if the treatment fails to control the termite infestation. The guarantee is only as reliable as the company that offers it.
If the service person asks you to do certain things before, during or after the pesticide application, cooperate and follow instructions. For example:
- If the service person asks you to remove personal items from the floor, empty kitchen cabinets and remove pets, make sure you have done this before they arrive.
- Do not allow children or pets into treated areas until the pesticide spray has dried.
- Aquariums should be removed from the treatment site or covered with heavy plastic and the air pump turned off.
- Remove all other household pets from the treatment area.
If the service person suggests non-chemical methods of pest control in addition to the pesticides, be sure to follow the instructions.
Good cooperation between you and the pest control company will help eliminate pests and reduce pesticide use.
Pesticides are inherently toxic and may cause health problems and/or damage to the environment if used in a manner inconsistent with the label directions. Certain pesticides may pose greater risks than others. To determine the pesticide that best fits your needs, contact your local University Extension Service.