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I’ve had my fair share of exterminator experiences while living in the 417.
I used to live in a house that had a cockroach problem. Before that, I had an ant problem.
At one point, I even had a pretty serious bed-bug issue in an apartment I was renting!
Bugs aren’t fun pests to deal with---whether they be moles, voles, roaches, fleas, bed bugs, or even termites!
But when the time comes to deal with them, the best way to do so is with one call to a qualified Springfield Exterminator who can get the job done fast and affordably.
But here’s the problem.
Not all Springfield exterminator companies are equal!
So how do you choose the best service for the job?
How do you avoid spending too much money on lower-quality services?
And perhaps most importantly: how can you be sure that the pest control company you hire will actually take care of your problem?
In my experience, there are 5 vital things to look for.
Here they are.
1. Does The Company Have A Good Reputation?
This is, first and foremost, the most important thing to consider when looking for a Springfield exterminator.
Have your family or friends ever heard of this company? Do you know anyone who has ever hired them before?
Advertisements can look pretty and sound convincing, but a great ad doesn’t necessarily mean that a company is going to do a good job!
I always like to check out online reviews of the pest control company to see if anyone has filed any complaints. I also like to ask for references.
A quality pest control company will not only be fine with providing you with references, but will be happy to do so and understand why you would want them!
So make sure to research the company and their reputation before slinging out any money for the service!
2. Do They Offer Transparent And Up Front Pricing Information?
I’m always leery of service-oriented businesses that don’t provide clear and up-front pricing.
And I am even leerier of companies that don’t offer a free quote!
Now, I understand if companies don’t always publish their prices right on their website, because sometimes there are a lot of variables to consider when factoring out the prices.
It’s sometimes easier (and makes more sense) to just deal with pricing by giving out free quotes after hearing about the problem.
But what I don’t like to see is when a company tries to say something like this:
“We aren’t sure how much it is going to cost until after we do the job.”
If a pest control company tries to use this line, I would head for the hills and look for someone else!
Pro Tip: Always get a free quote. If you can’t get a free quote, get out of Dodge---and find a different service!
3. Springfield Exterminators Should Always Be Licensed, Certified, And Insured
Being licensed and insured is really important for exterminators---even in Springfield Mo.
You can read an overview of the Missouri pesticide certification and licensing protocols here.
This is good information to be aware of before contacting a Springfield Exterminator.
Now, with that being said, any professional pest control business is already going to be on top of these legalities. So really, what you are looking out for are fly by night businesses that are trying to operate illegally or under the radar.
You should always ask about licensing, certification, and insurance prior to hiring an exterminator.
If you get the feeling that the outfit isn’t fully ‘up to code’ as they say---you may want to consider expanding your search!
4. How Long Have They Been In Business?
Learning the history of the company can make a big difference in determining whether or not they may be a good fit for your particular project.
Have they been trusted in the Springfield area for a number of years, or are they brand new?
One thing to keep in mind is that experience is usually your friend.
If the company cares about the trade and mostly keeps the same employees, then there is a very good chance that you’ll get a high level of professionalism if they’ve been operating for 5 or more years.
With that being said, sometimes the ‘new guys’ on the block can offer the best prices. You just need to make sure that you’re hiring someone who can do the job right!
Pro Tip: Check out the company website!
I am always cautious of pest control companies that don’t maintain a quality web presence.
5. Is The Company Safety-Conscious?
Safety is really important in the pest control industry because pesticides are chemicals---and they have the potential to be dangerous if they aren’t handled properly.
This really goes back to trust and good practices.
Does the company understand the dangers of handling pesticides and take care to do so responsibly?
Do they care about their customers and the quality of the work?
Are they willing to answer your questions when you express concerns?
Do they seem to understand the risks, and understand how to deploy proper safety precautions?
Making sure that your pest control provider is aware of the risks and managing them responsibly is a pretty big deal!
Good companies will make sure that they are covering this! So it is always a good thing to investigate and ask about it.
In Conclusion - Choosing The Proper Springfield Exterminators Doesn’t Have To Be Rocket Science
At the end of the day, it really comes down to common sense.
Ask a few questions, do a little research, and get a free quote.
If you put even a little bit of time and energy into your research, you will likely find that this information is easier to come across than you would ever have imagined!
Getting rid of pests is tough enough with the right company. So do your due diligence, and make the right choice.
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