It has been a while since I wrote a blog. While I have been busy, I have also been working on increasing my knowledge of Entomology. Understanding the insect's life cycles and behaviors, it helps to learn how to provide proper pest control techniques using the Integrated Pest Management System (IPM.) This and an understanding of scheduled pest management helps to improve pest control.
I have a customer who thinks that an occasional spraying is all that in necessary (like once every 6 months maybe, and none in the winter time.) The truth is, the average home pest life cycle can produce a new generation every three to six months. Also, pests no dot completely disappear in the winter. Some do die; some go underground; and most continue to eat and survive. Outside pests such as mosquitos, fleas and ticks (and some ants) do slow down to almost unnoticed, however, your average home pests, such as the German Cockroach and some spiders, are thriving in your home. That is why it is very important to have your pest control technician to come out at least once every three months. My recommendation is every two months. It is not that much more expensive and you get more treatment and more services, especially when you factor in some ant treatment during the warm seasons. Stay on top of the life cycles of the pests and keep them from reproducing. Let me help achieve this goal.
I do have contracts for monthly, bi-monthly, etc. However, most of my residential customers do not sign a contract. I look at it this way, if I keep my rates very affordable (which I am cheaper than most of my competitors) while providing honest and professional pest control services, I will maintain these customers without having them to sign a contract. I also provide extra little incentives such as putting ant granules on ant mounds in the yard when I see them. No extra charge, but my customers appreciate getting something extra, especially in today's economic climate. My customers tell their friends who likewise want that same service.
The bottom line is, it is a tough time these days. Everything is increasing in price it seems. My prices and rates have not increased. The consumer is beat up enough already without having their pest control services go up. I understand your frustration. I have low overhead so I can afford to be cheaper than the national chains. You also deal with me, the owner, and not an hourly paid employee who is trying to simply get the day over with. I will always strive to provide the best pest control service that I can. Even if you want only an occasional treatment, maybe something specific like fleas, ants etc., I can and will help. Please, give me a chance to win your confidence. These days, you cant afford to gamble on poor quality services.
I hope to hear from you soon!