As a homeowner you can control and prevent many pest issues with consistent maintenance and proper sanitation. But when the pests get out of control or you need an extensive inspection if you are buying or selling a home, finding a qualified contractor is incredibly important. The right pest control and inspection company can help you save money and avoid major damage caused by pests.
If you have a pest control problem that you do not want to handle on your own, you may decide to turn to a professional applicator. How can you be sure that the pest control company you hire will do a good job?
Costs and competency are important. When selecting a pest control service, cost should not be the only factor that determines the company you pick. It is important to make sure the pest control company you choose is competent. If pesticides are misused, both health and property can be damaged. The State of Washington requires all home and pests inspection companies to be licensed, bonded and insured. Click here to check if someone is licensed as a home inspector.
It’s important to know if the house you are selling or buying has an infestation of pests that can cost you thousands of dollars in damages and repairs, such as carpenter ants, termites and wood boring beetles. If your home needs to be treated for pests, ensure proper safety and security of children and pets, and follow these guidelines:
- If the service person asks you to remove personal items from the floor, empty kitchen cabinets and remove pets, make sure you have done this before they arrive.
- Do not allow children or pets into treated areas until the pesticide spray has dried.
- Aquariums should be removed from the treatment site or covered with heavy plastic and the air pump turned off.
- Remove all other household pets from the treatment area
For more information about safety and health concerns regarding pesticides, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.
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