There is no denying it, spring is officially here! The trees are budding, flowers are blooming and yes, sigh, the grass needs mowing. In my neck of the woods, it’s important to keep the grass at a reasonable height, because one never knows what might be lurking in tall grass! I have a terrible aversion to snakes and while I know many tout their benefits to the ecosystem, I’d rather see a mouse. It’s just not fun to be walking across my lawn and accidentally step on a snake lying low. Or opening my garage door and having one slither in across my foot. I have two uses for snakes – boots and belts. Please don’t send me hate mail, I leave them alone and pray they do the same for me!
Also, we have a lot of spiders, ticks and other critters that I generally don’t think of as pets. If you are battling the same issues, it might be time to call in a pest control service. Most companies offer several options in order to meet your needs.
For instance, I am highly allergic to tick bites and since I spend a fair amount of spare time working in my garden, it’s important to me that I have as much protection against these pests as possible. So an annual or semi-annual treatment for ticks is very helpful. We also have a fenced in yard for our dog and flea treatments are in order in that area.
Spiders are another issue where I live so regular treatment in and around the house keeps them at bay.
There are even pest control companies that can assist in eliminating moles, mice, and other unwanted critters from your surroundings.
How can you find a reputable company? You can always start by going to www.bbb.org and entering your zip code which will direct you to the BBB in your area, then you can pull up the category of business that you are interested in and research the companies through their Business Reviews and Customer Reviews.
You can also use one of our features, EQuote, which will put you in direct contact with our Accredited Businesses in the category you need. After filling out your specifications and submitting, your request will be sent to businesses that match your information. Then they will contact you to set up a time to speak with you regarding your needs.
Achieving an environmentally responsible balance with pesticides is critical. If too little is used, the treatment will be ineffective. If too much, it can be toxic. That’s why states regulate and license pest control businesses and why the federal government requires that certain chemicals be certified for use. In short, pesticides are chemicals artificially placed in an area to control a variety of animals, insects, or microbes that may be harmful to humans because of the damage they do or the diseases they carry.
Three common methods of pest control are capture, eradication, or barrier systems. Look for a company that can properly diagnose and recommend treatment that minimizes risks to other animals and people.
Beware of scare tactics and door knocker lines like, “I just treated a neighbor’s house, and I can give you a special deal.” Be sure to contact the BBB for a company’s Business Review prior to signing any agreements.
Since services are typically performed under a contract, read it carefully. No treatment program can promise that they will be 100% effective. Pests often return and may require repeated treatments. For that reason, be especially alert to details about treatment plans, guarantees, and time restrictions on those guarantees. Also check to see their liability insurance in the event of any home damage. You should also make sure they are appropriately licensed.
For more information about this and other services, contact the BBB at 812-473-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may go to our website at www.bbb.org/evansville. Have a wonderful, pest-free spring!
This article was written for and appeared in the Evansville Courier & Press, Business Section, April 10, 2016.