Having a professional treat your home for pests is the safest and most effective way to get the job done, once and for all. Here are a few questions to ask when scheduling an appointment with your pest control specialist:
What Kinds of Chemicals Will Be Used?
It's a good idea to ask your service provider what kinds of chemicals they use in their treatments, so you know exactly what will be sprayed in and outside of your home when they show up to spray for pests. Many pest control specialists can use natural treatment options that are better for the earth and your household, overall. Be sure to ask about those options, because they may not be offered upfront.
Some health problems, like asthma, may be irritated by certain chemicals, so it's important to let your service provider know ahead of time about any allergies or other health issues that someone in your family may have, so that they can plan a treatment protocol accordingly.
What Can Be Done to Prepare for the Visit?
To make sure that treatment day goes smoothly, ask your service provider if there is anything you can do to prepare for appointment day. If they plan to tarp your house, you need to know ahead of time so you can arrange to have your family members and pets out of the house, during the pest control treatment process.
Your service provider may request that you make sure all of your dishes and food items are put away in tubs or sealable bags, so they don't become contaminated during treatment. Alternatively, they may use non-invasive treatment options that require no special preparations on your part. It all depends on the severity of your pest problem and your specific circumstances.
No matter the situation, you should know what's expected of you as soon as possible, so you can be sure that you don't overlook any preparations that are important. Don't wait for your service technician to let you know what needs to be done – ask them when you call to schedule your appointment.
Are Any Annual Service Plans Offered?
You may be able to save some money, by investing in an annual pest control service plan instead of scheduling just one treatment appointment. An annual service plan should include several treatment appointments throughout the year and unlimited customer support for those times when you need to get rid of an ant problem immediately.
Because you'll be purchasing several appointments at once, as part of your service plan, you will likely enjoy a discount on each appointment, because the overall cost of the plan would be less than paying for all of the appointments separately.