UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 4:09pm
If you build it, they will come. Pests that is and once they're in you want them gone. But some pest control companies are more interested in making a buck than solving your problem.
"Keep in mind that the lowest quote doesn't always represent the highest quality service or the most effective extermination," Richard Kitterman, Better Business Bureau Regional Director said.
The Better Business Bureau says to do your homework and check the companies certification. Get at least three quotes and most importantly get it in writing.
"Read your contract carefully. Make sure all your expectations, all your understandings are contained in the contract.”
And the best way to prevent a pest problem in the first place?
"Doing an inspection is the most important part.” Ozzie Salazar, owner, operator of Tri-County Pest Management. Tri-County has been in business for more than 23 years and currently has an A+ standing with the BBB.
One main thing you want to look for is how close trees and shrubberies are to your house. You want at least a foot distance because you don't want the things that are crawling and living inside them, to get into your house.
When it comes to rodents, they can find soft spots in your roof and burrow into them regardless of holes.
"Trees should be trimmed to keep branches off the roof to prevent rodents like squirrels, rats from getting into your attic area."
Salazar said it's actually an old wives tale that the winter kills bugs, which is fortunate for Texans because one main killer is the heat.