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Choosing the Right Pest Control Service: 5 Key Factors to Consider

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Pest control is a big business in British Columbia. In fact, there are more than 220 pest control businesses in the province.

If you have a pest problem, this can make it difficult to narrow your search for the best expert pest control in your area.

Keep reading to learn the five key factors to consider when choosing a pest control company.

1. Local

One of the first things that you should consider when looking for the right pest control company is whether or not they have a local branch.

Running a quick Google search for pest control companies may land you on many larger, national companies. However, just because these pest control company references are big names in the industry doesn't mean that they have a local branch or are the right option for you.

A local company is the better choice. Not only will they likely be able to service your home faster, but they'll also have experience dealing with the specific types of pests that are common in your area.

For instance, black widow spiders are not native to all parts of Canada. Hiring a company not familiar with this particular pest would be a bad choice. They may lack the experience necessary to get rid of the spiders and get your home pest-free.

A local company will know how to handle them if they are native to your area.

2. Experience

The next thing to consider is the pest control company's experience. The last thing that you want to do is hire a company that doesn't have the experience needed to tackle your pest problem.

Ask the company how many years of experience they have. The more years of experience they have, the more they've seen. This means that they'll be better prepared to tackle your pest problem and any unique problems you might be facing.

Don't let a low pest control cost sway you into choosing a company that lacks the experience to take care of your pest problem.

3. Licence and Insurance

Depending on where they operate and the services they offer, pest control company qualifications vary. All are required to have a licence and carry insurance.

The former ensures that they have the necessary training and qualifications to properly treat a pest problem. It also means that they are trained to use the necessary pest control equipment.

The latter helps to protect them and the home or business owner in the event that damage is caused to the property or the pest control specialist is injured on the job.

4. Types of Services

Don't assume that every pest control company will offer the services that you're looking for.

Check that the company you're considering offers a wide array of services. They should have experience treating infestations of many or all of the common pests in your area.

5. Availability

If you discover a pest problem in your home or business, the last thing that you want to do is wait around to get it treated. In many cases, the longer you wait, the worse the issue will become. 

Look for a company that can service your home or business fast. Bonus points if the company offers 24/7 same-day pest control!

Choosing the Best Expert Pest Control

Choosing the best expert pest control company can be confusing. However, by considering these five key factors, you can narrow down your options.

If you're looking for expert pest control in Kelowna, Okanagan, Vernon, or Penticton, The Bugman is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a pest inspection.


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