If you are having to deal with a pest infestation in 2020, I am really sorry to hear that.
This year has been hard enough as it is, and since we’re all stuck at home much of the time, having to share your space with pests is far from ideal.
It also makes taking care of those pests that much more difficult, as unlike most years, everyone is likely to be at home when pest control measures are being put in place.
For this reason, it is more important than ever that you choose the right company for the job.
The last thing you want is to have to have them come in again and again to get the job done when they could have done it right the first time.
How do you go about choosing the best pest control company in 2020? Here is what you need to take into consideration.
Local vs. National
When choosing a pest control company, you will have the option of local companies and national franchises. Each type has its pros and cons.
National franchises come with the big name and a certain standard to live up to. However, because the branch near you is simply one part of a massive chain, you might miss a personal touch.
Furthermore, they have their name to fall back on, as well as the funds, if they do a few bad jobs.
You can get an idea of that in this Orkin Exterminator review. Orkin is one of the biggest names in the business, but can be quite hit and miss.
Local businesses, on the other hand, may set their own standards, but they have far more to lose by doing a bad job.
Their customer service needs to be impeccable if they are to become a trusted provider in your area.
Customer reviews (be discerning)
Customer reviews should play an important role in your decision. After all, past customers are better placed than anyone to give you an idea whether the service is reliable.
However, when reading customer reviews, you need to be discerning, as some companies pay for reviews.
Five star reviews may rave about a company, but it is the four star reviews that provide more real insight.
Four star reviews are generally more considered as they are happy with the service but see room for improvement. They can generally be trusted.
Also, be wary of reviews that are very generic. Sometimes, the language will give a fake review away, with flattering terms repeated over and over again.
Reasonable pricing and guarantees
Finally, you do need to do your research on which pest control company offers the best pricing. This won’t always be that simple to discern, as different companies offer different benefits.
You may find a cheap offer, but discover that once you add in the extras other companies provide by default, they are as or more expensive.
Furthermore, always choose a company that offers guarantees.
Any pest control company should be willing to take responsibility for an unsuccessful job and either do it again at no cost or give you your money back.
In 2020, pest control needs to be more efficient and consistent than ever before. Take the above into consideration before choosing the right company for you.