What You Should Look for in a Rodent Control Company
Updated: Feb 18
Have you noticed the signs of a rodent infestation in your home? Maybe you have noticed that there are rat droppings around, gnawed holes in your boxes or even walls, or maybe you are hearing scurrying noises in the walls. If this is the case, then you are probably in need of a rodent control company. There are many rodent control companies out there though, so what should you be looking for when you need one for your home?
Trained and Qualified Employees
When you are looking up rodent control companies, whether it is on the internet, through friends and family, or local newspapers, one of the first things you need to find out is if they are properly trained and qualified for rodent control in your state. A rodent control company should be licensed, and their control specialists properly trained and certified. Company employees may be handling dangerous chemicals, so it can be very dangerous for humans and pets if they don’t know what they are doing. Some companies like Alley Cat don’t rely on poisons or toxic chemicals, but they still need to be licensed and insured, and fully trained in how to properly identify and deal with an infestation through integrated pest management techniques.
Company Experience and Reputation
Just like when you are hiring any other form of service for your home, you need to know that the company you are choosing has sufficient experience and a reputation to back their claims. You can inquire directly with prospective companies about how long they have been in business, or servicing your area; if new hires are trained with their more experienced employees, and how much experience they have in your particular infestation issue. Asking for customer references from the company is also a good idea. Lastly, you should consider contacting your state pesticide regulatory office to inquire about any issues that have been reported to them about the company you are considering.
Cost Effective Value
When hiring a rodent control service you want to ensure you are getting the proper value for the cost of the services rendered. Always request that estimates be given to you in writing, as many companies will offer free inspections and estimates. Ask if the company provides any sort of guarantee, and if they do then get the terms in writing. Some rodent control companies will offer long-term contracts if they suspect the issue will be a recurring one, so double check the costs of those plans.
It is important for a company to have good customer service skills. When you are talking with the rodent control companies are you considering, do they really listen to your concerns, and talk to you in a polite and respectful manners? Can their trained employees explain to you the exact extent of the infestation issue, what pest it is, how long it’s likely been there, and how they will deal with it? Make sure they talk to you about what products or techniques they will be using to ensure the problem is dealt with properly.
Safety can be a concern when dealing with rodent control, especially if you have pets or children in the house. Some companies will use poisons or toxic chemicals when dealing with rodent control issues, so ensure the company is properly qualified, and take all necessary safety precautions available.
Rodent Control for Your Home
If you are looking for a rodent control company for your home in the Oakland and Berkeley California region, visit our website, Alley Cat Rodent Exclusion Company, today to book a free inspection.