“Pest control is becoming the most popular method of controlling a wide array of pests that can harm your home or business.” That’s the premise of an article in the Spring 2021 edition of New York Magazine. In it, we are told, “Pest control companies can help you to avoid large expenditures on exterminating the critters, as well as helping you prevent damage to your home and property.” The writer, Kevin Gray, gives credit to New York’s public-private integration efforts for helping to keep cockroaches and other rodents out of residential homes. “The state has put a lot of money into combating these infestations,” he continues. “But it is up to the private sector to step up and make cockroach control an essential part of its long-standing sewer and plumbing service.”
According to the writer, “The first service offered by a new company on a major scale came to me while visiting from Connecticut.” It was the company that would later become Pest Control Smart, a pest management firm that would achieve rapid growth and has become New York’s most successful pest control provider. At the time, Mr. Gray was already a certified agent for New York’s Department of Health and was responsible for serving more than three thousand homes in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
According to the article, pest control companies in Centurion (Gauteng) generally employ one or more pest control experts who are trained and experienced in a variety of pest extermination methods. Often, a company would hire a local licensed inspector to check a structure prior to the services being applied. This is called an initial service inspection. An inspection will provide the inspector with critical information before the home is treated with pesticides. This is called a post-treatment inspection.
An inspection will also reveal any cracks or crevices that may serve as entrance points for an infestation. This can be done manually with a special camera, or with the use of thermal imaging. If these areas are found to be visually unguarded, then they should be treated with insecticide first. Then a treatment solution should be applied. The author recommends, “do-it-yourself ant control.”
In the case of a termite infestation, a pest control company in Durbanville (Northern Suburbs) would use either baits or an insecticide to get rid of the colony. Baits are designed to keep termites from reproducing. They consist of crushed insects or mulch. They must be placed throughout a house or building, in high traffic areas, in cracks and crevices, etc.
Two of the most common household pests are ants and biting flies. They can also come in the form of fleas. Many people have been bitten by stinging insects, such as mosquitoes. In many cases, homeowners cannot determine if it was actually a stinging insect or if it was the bite of another animal. Most pest control companies offer a guarantee that their product is free of bugs and pests. These warranties are specifically targeted at helping homeowners.
Pest Control companies use a numerical system to determine the level of risk. This numerical value represents the probability of an infestation and the corresponding cost. A total score is determined by adding up the probability of damage, loss, and the cost of treating a property with a specific pest control product. The total score is expressed as a percentage of the total potential costs for treating a property to make it inhabitable after a pest attack.
Most pest control companies offer an estimate of their estimated costs with the lowest being a few dollars. This is based on the size of the property, the possible damage it could cause, and the likelihood that a pest would be able to survive and reproduce after entering a home. Pest control companies offer some guarantees of their service by providing a 30-day money-back guarantee. Some companies offer services that require a contract, especially those that offer chemicals. A complete and detailed pest control plan should be developed in order to ensure that the least amount of damage will occur.