Pests have invaded your home. Christ, what a way to get your attention, hey? But if this is the case, and you’ve tried all known removal methods but the results remain the same – picking shells after a storm comes to mind – then it might be time to find a pest extermination company. The nuclear option, perhaps, but one with the most efficient results.
With a rat only ever three metres away and the options for taking it out seemingly as pervasive, a little research is required if you’re to find the best guys for the task. Here’s what you need to think about first; our 5 IDEAL considerations before choosing a pest control company in London.
IS THE COUNCIL RESPONSIBLE?
Before you start preparing your budget for the cost of pest control services, first some good news; your landlord or the council may well be responsible for dealing with that pesky pest problem. It’s important to check first, or you might waste money and time on a service which isn’t actually in your jurisdiction. Indeed, if you’re renting, your landlord should sort out pest control if repairs are needed to stop the pests getting in or an infestation makes your home difficult or unsafe to live in. Be aware that you may incur responsibility if your actions and routines encourage pests to visit, such as leaving food out for days or never sweeping up the spilt rice, but do your due diligence and check (and hide the evidence prior to a visit).
But before all of this, you should contact the council, prior to professional services and prior to your landlord, should your pests be rats or mice, pigeons, a swarm of wasps, fleas and many others. A more definitive list exists here.
IS OLDEST ALWAYS GOLDEST?
Old is gold, as they say. And though this mantra may not always shine true, in the pest control game, it’s a fair phrase to put some trust in. Because in London the game is ever evolving, with new companies coming and going with such regularity that accountability is sometimes tough to pin down. A company that has done pest removal for a good few years has a proven track record and can provide the receipts, as they say.
PEST OR PROBLEM?
Defining a ‘pest’ can be tricky but it’s something you should do before calling in the nuclear option. Look, we all find Boris Johnsons’ presence intensely irritating. That said, we’re not within our rights to eliminate him (except at the ballot box of course; register to vote!). The same goes for certain animals and insects you might consider a pest; sometimes a ‘problem’ is the more apt description, and your approach to dealing with them depends on this definition somewhat.
For instance, though a single spider may be stalking your shower, you’re going to waste everyone’s time calling in the pest experts to take it out. You’re also going to look a fool. A fairer definition includes cockroaches, bed bugs, pigeons, rats and even bats. When seeking commercial pest control services, first discuss with an expert if your problem actually needs exterminating.
DOES MY CHOSEN COMPANY HAVE POSITIVE REVIEWS?
Since pest control is the kind of thing rarely taken lightly, there will be reviews out there and online about the type of service and success rate that the company provided to previous clients. Analyse reviews carefully, and use trusted review platforms like trustpilot, who have a far more thorough verification process for reviewers than big tech, small responsibility companies like Facebook.
Unfortunately, the pest control game isn’t immune from fake reviews and unscrupulous practice in this department, so if all else fails, revert to good ol’ fashioned word of mouth recommendations and ask friends, family and neighbours for referrals.
DO THEY HAVE AN AREA OF SPECIALISATION?
There are companies who specialise in a particular pest, so investigate this too, as it allows a steelier focus and most likely a better experience in the extermination process. It makes sense to look for a company that focuses particularly on one area rather than general pest removal services, if such a service exists in your area. Of course, if your pest problem is all encompassing and you have several different types to deal with, then a more general service will be more financially viable than, say, three separate specialist operations.