When you have a pest problem at home that you can’t solve yourself (or that you can no longer ignore), it’s probably time to contact a pest control company. For many, this might seem daunting. And if you have children or pets - even more so.
Your first “Google” search is probably going to be “pest control near me”, which will quickly be followed by “how to choose a pest control company”. But why shouldn’t you just choose the first one? When I choose any supplier to do work at my home, I want to be assured that the supplier I choose is reputable and that my household will be safe. My second requirement would be that after the supplier leaves my household remains safe, meaning that whatever poison or treatment is used to treat my pest problem doesn’t cause poisoning or illness.
How do you choose the right provider?
I suggest you compare providers based on the following criteria:
- How long has the pest control company been operating?
- Is the company registered with the South African Pest Control Association (SAPCA)?
- Are the pest control technicians who work for the company well trained and registered with the Department of Agriculture?
- What's the company's attitude towards health and safety for both employees and customers?
- Does the company adhere to the Department of Agriculture approved product list?
- Are the technicians uniformed and do they use a branded vehicle when servicing?
Why is this important, and how does this keep my family safe?
Pest control is a highly specialist service that can be harmful if not carried out correctly. By ensuring that your provider is reputable, registered, and holds health and safety in high regard, you can feel more at ease that your pest problem will be taken care of professionally.
A reputable provider with an established history and with the right credentials is more likely to train their technicians well and ensure that all their accreditations are up to date. The company will also provide a branded vehicle and uniform so that you can easily identify the pest control technician when they arrive at your house.
A knowledgeable technician will do a thorough inspection. This process will ensure that the technician understands which pests need to be dealt with and where they are prevalent. The technician will also assess health and safety risks and take the occupants on the premises into account in order to formulate a treatment plan that doesn’t put your household at risk.
For example, if you have small children who play on the floor or unable to walk yet the technician will avoid using dusting powders. If you have dogs, the technician will elect to use tamper-proof bait stations so that your dogs can’t chew through housings that contain poison. Or if you have owls in your area, technicians will take a treatment plan into account to keep them out of harm’s way, like using poisons off the approved list that don’t cause secondary poisoning.
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