The short answer is: Possibly, yes.

If you do have a problem with pests, prior to getting in touch with the professionals, assess what you can do yourself. With a few exceptions such as swarming bees, termites, bedbugs, larger infestations of mice or rates, and such like, you’re likely able to solve most pest problems alone, at least with some amount of effort.

The pricing for household and office pest treatment services varies particularly widely. Some companies charge around $150 or perhaps less just for a single visit, where others insist that a new customer must agree to a long-term contract, in which case, the price rises very steeply to around $450 or more, depending on the type of work and the contract length.

However, you shouldn’t make the assumption that the amount you pay determines the quality of the work. In various customer satisfaction surveys over the past year or two which have been conducted by professional survey companies such as Research Now, it has been found that frequently there is little correlation between price charged and ultimate customer satisfaction.

Needless to say, the best way to waste money is to hire a service that you do not require. In order to avoid this scenario, do not contract out for expensive pest control services before you get a number of inspections and proposals.

If you believe you have a problem with termites, it becomes especially important to have a few inspections, given that some companies have previously recommended treatment when there has been neither an active infestation, or a particular threat of one.

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Furthermore, be wary of the longer-term contracts. With respect to household and office pests in general, a single treatment that is conducted appropriately should be enough. Many pest control companies offer a free re-treatment, should there be a necessity for it, within a 30-day period of the first treatment.

Thus, as opposed to contracting upfront for the long-term, instead, you can save money through investing in a single treatment, after which, there remains a modest risk that you’ll require a follow-up.

With respect to termites, do think about paying on an annual basis which will work to extend your guarantee for perhaps two or even three years after the initial treatment. Afterwards, if there is no evidence of any further infestation, you’ll likely be in a position to save simply by allowing the guarantee to lapse. But, do maintain an awareness for any further signs of termites, and do invite a pest control company out every year or two to make an inspection. Some companies do this for free.

Carefully check through the guarantees that are offered by the companies that you are considering. Are they willing to pay up for pest damage, or merely for re-treatment of the original problem? Will they come over to provide an inspection for no charge, and how often? What is it you must do to maintain the guarantee effective?

 

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