The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges homeowners to do their homework and ensure the exterminator they are considering can provide a list of references and a copy of their license. Checking the company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating is also ideal.
Once you know the pest control experts are established and have an excellent reputation, you can move on to examining their available pest management packages. Below is a list of six essential services to look for.
1. Annual Termite Inspection
Termites can invade a home at any time. These tiny creatures damage foundations and the structure of homes and sheds, often times to the tune of thousands of dollars. An annual termite inspection allows homeowners to identify a problem early on so that the termites can be eradicated before an individual's wallet takes a serious hit.
Since knowledge of building construction and termite habits is key in successfully ridding a property of these pests, leave termite control in the hands of an expert.
2. Annual Rodent Inspection
Rodents can be just as dangerous as termites. In fact, not only do they damage the structure of your home, but they can also contaminate your food and transmit parasites. During your annual inspection, the exterminator will look for current evidence of any rodents. The expert will also provide you with information on how to make sure your home isn't an attractive habit for mice and rats.
3. Flea Control
Pet owners especially want to look for a pest management program that includes flea control. Flea bites not only cause red itchy bumps, but they can also infect your cat or dog with tapeworms. Because fleas have a four-week life cycle, homeowners often need several professional treatments in conjunction with the flea medication prescribed by your pet's veterinarian.
Additionally, your pet may come into contact with fleas again later in the year. Having a pest management package in place with flea control listed as one of the services means you won't have to pay extra for the treatment of a new infestation.
4. Exterior Perimeter Control
One of the best ways to prevent pests from entering your home is to select a package with exterior perimeter control. This should include everything from an inspection of the outside of your home and property to addressing any cracks or crevices that would allow mice or insects to gain entry into the house. A chemical barrier may also be administered to deter spiders, crickets, and other pests from coming near the building.
5. Interior Pest Control
After the outside of your home is take care of, you'll want to address the inside. Interior control should involve removing any cobwebs or spiders, sealing up any cracks behind your kitchen appliances, and checking for leaks that could provide pests, like cockroaches, with the water they need to thrive. An exterminator will know exactly where to look and what steps are needed to keep the home secure.
6. Set Number of Service Calls
The pest management package should also include a set number of service calls, not counting the annual inspections. This will protect you in the event that a problem arises, such as bringing home bedbugs from a recent trip or wasps making a home on your porch. Depending on the package you select, you may even be able to get a contract with unlimited service calls.
If you're interested in taking a proactive approach to pest control, contact Area-Wide Exterminators for a detailed list of services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those living and working in the greater Stockton area.