Best Pest Control Companies 2021 – Forbes Advisor – Forbes

Best Pest Control Companies 2021 – Forbes Advisor – Forbes

Integrated Pest Management

The first and most important thing to look for when selecting a pest control company is a business using integrated pest management. This pest control style prioritizes creating a customized solution best fit to your home or commercial property. Instead of simply spraying chemicals in the general direction of your lawn or crawlspace, a company offering integrated pest management works to determine exactly where, how and even when pests are entering your home. They will also work with you to find ways to reduce or remove access points—sealing roofs, foundations and even redesigning landscaping to fight off pests.

Make sure to ask any pest control companies you consider hiring if it uses integrated pest management and what types of techniques are employed to actually identify and solve your home’s specific pest problems. These methods may include redesigning landscaping, adding agitators or even fish to stagnant water like ponds or fountains, renovations and re-sealing of your roofs, eaves, foundations or other parts of your home as well as more “traditional” pest control methods like traps or sprays.

Chemicals or Natural Sprays

Most pest control companies use “pyrethroids,” an insecticide derived from chrysanthemum flowers toxic to insects. Unfortunately, these sprays are toxic not only to undesirable insects but to a wide range of beneficial ones like butterflies, ladybugs, bees and other pollinators. The EPA itself acknowledges even those pesticides the agency has approved for use are still highly toxic to bees—killing them on contact and for multiple days after the initial spray treatment. These chemical sprays may also be harmful to pets, children or elderly people.

Many pest control companies are now offering alternative “natural” spray options which are marketed as less dangerous to other, beneficial insect life. Garlic is one alternative, as well as certain plant-based oils. More research is needed to determine how harmful these alternative sprays may be, but certainly they are less harmful—especially when not sprayed with direct contact onto beneficial insects. Knowing which type of spray your mosquito control company uses and how and when said spray is applied is an important factor when choosing the right company for you.

Packaged Whole House Pest Management

Many companies featured on our list offer pest control for a wide variety of bug species as well as rodents, birds, lizards, rats and other common household pests. After inspecting your home, these companies will offer you an appropriate package to deal with the various pests present or ones likely to be attracted to your home.

If you want to make sure you never have problems with any pests, inside or out, look for a company offering bundled or packaged pest management. This will often save you thousands of dollars and hours of time a year, since companies can send the same technician out to provide multiple pest control services that your home may need.

Free Estimates and Inspections

All the companies featured on our list offer free estimates, but not all of them offer free inspections. Saving money while you’re still determining the types of services you may need, or while finding the best fit company for you, is especially important. Look for companies with no …….

Source: https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/best-pest-control-companies/

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