The presence of pests in any commercial establishment is simply unacceptable. To ensure reputations and livelihoods remain intact, every business owner needs to be taking proactive pest control measures – and this means partnering with a professional pest control company.
Far more than a nuisance, pests such as birds, rodents and insects, pose a severe health hazard to both your staff and your customers. In addition, they can cause untold damage to property and stock and if infestations aren’t adequately controlled, businesses risk facing serious repercussions from the local authorities and having their reputation dragged through the mud in the press and on social media.
In short, business owners need to take pest control seriously. As is so often the case in life, prevention is better than cure and if you don’t want to lose customers, sales and profits, finding the right pest control company to partner with is a must.
But, choosing the right pest control partner can be difficult. Indeed, there are many options out there, as a quick Google search will reveal to you. Nonetheless, it’s imperative that a wise choice is made. There are a lot of inexperienced companies advertising their services on the market, many of which are neither qualified or equipped to provide the level of service you need to ensure your business premises is kept pest-free for the long-term.
When selecting a pest control company, you need to do your research to ensure the provider is capable of providing the level of service required to meet your company’s specific needs.
Here are our tips on choosing the best pest control company for your business.
Is the Pest Control Company Certified and Insured?
This is the first thing to look out for. It’s important that you select a partner that is able to provide you with proof of its technicians’ experience, training and qualifications to ensure you’re not essentially hiring amateurs. If the pest control company is a member of an official trade association, such as the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), you can be sure that the services you receive will be from a trained, insured and trusted company that meets the strict membership criteria.
Is the Company’s Website Up-to-date and Professional-looking?
A good pest control company will take pride in its online materials and will provide detailed information about its services, the species it deals with, industries it serves, history, certifications and contact information on its website. The site should also provide client testimonials and be delivering up-to-date and relevant pest control information via a blog. Indeed, you will be able to get a good idea of the company’s activity, dedication and proficiency by reading the blog posts it publishes. What you’re looking for is pest control experts – and you will be able to get a good measure of the company’s expertise by reading the literature it makes available for potential clients.
How Long has the Pest Control Company been in Business?
You need to be choosing a pest control partner that can demonstrate its experience. A long-established business with many years of service under its belt will undoubtedly have more resources, more clients and more experience than a new one and will be better equipped to deal with the precise needs of your business.
Does the Company Serve your Specific Industry?
The pest control needs of, say, a restaurant differ greatly from those of a farm. Many pest control companies are specialist, serving only one type of business or industry. It’s important that you select a company that knows and has demonstrable experience for the specific needs of your business.
Contact the Company and Ask Questions
Most of what we’ve covered so far you will probably be able to find out online. But now it’s time to pick up the phone and talk to the providers on your short list. Describe the nature of your business and your pest control concerns and listen carefully to what they have to say. You need to feel comfortable with the answers given and not as if your questions are being evaded.
As well as answering questions, a good pest control company will also take this opportunity to ask questions of its own in order to thoroughly understand the nature of your business and its specific pest control requirements. Professionals don’t shy away from frank discussions – so be sure to ask everything you want to. The company should be able to provide you with all the information you need to know, including documentation proving its credentials and references from existing clients – both of which you should be sure to check out, too.
Does the Company Provide a Free Site Survey Before Contracts are Signed?
Before signing up to a service, the pest control company should visit your site – free of charge – to conduct an inspection, identify which pests may be a threat, explain what services will be the most appropriate and effective for your business and why.
Great pest control partnerships are forged when good relationships are made. The technician should be friendly and approachable, demonstrating his/her expertise during the site survey. The technician should also make it clear that the company will be working with you to ensure your business is adequately protected from pests and that it will act as a dedicated team member, rather than just a vendor.
The Safeguard Difference. Your Pest Control Partner
It’s imperative that you select the right pest control partner for your business and we firmly believe that Safeguard Pest Control can provide you with all the services you need. With over 30 years’ experience, we specialise in all forms of commercial pest control and serve the construction, food production, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, food service, property management and retail industries. We also work with housing associations and local authorities.
All of our technicians are fully-trained and BPCA certified. We offer 24-hour protection for your business, rapid response, full-compliance with all current legislation and continuous monitoring to ensure problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively.
Our pest control services include rodents, birds, crawling insects, flying insects and seasonal pests and we design and execute bespoke solutions for each and every client we serve. Get in touch today to arrange a free site survey.