Beware Of Seasonal Pests!
September 28, 2017
While ants, termites, mosquitoes, etc. are pests that no one wants to deal with, we are referring to a different type of seasonal pest: your typical, seasonal door-to-door pest control salesmen. Every year, we are all bombarded - usually as we sit down for dinner with the family - by a knock on the door, and a college-aged person hired by our competitors to solicit business. They usually want to know who you are currently using to handle your pest control needs, and then they are keenly interested in how much you pay for your service.
If you are polite enough to provide them with this information, they will proceed into their pitch on why the company that hired them will do a better job and will cost less. Have you ever heard the phrase, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"? This is the perfect example!
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that all pest control companies are the same-especially coming from a door-to-door salesperson who has absolutely no training and minimal familiarity in the industry. Some questions you might ask this door-to-door salesperson:
How long has company XYZ been in business?
Do I have to sign a long-term contract, or any binding contract at all?
Can I get out of my contract, or what penalties will I be assessed if I am unhappy with the service?
Will I have the same technician each visit?
Does XYZ company only use Kansas and Missouri certified technicians, or does your company only have registered techs? (There is a difference!)
Does your company only use name-brand, quality chemicals that are safe for your home, family, pets, and the environment?
If your door-to-door salesperson doesn't have the answers to these questions, or you don't like the answers you are getting, wouldn't you ask yourself why you are even listening to their pitch?
Consider this: for over 53 years, the professionals at Augustine Exterminators have been proudly serving the Kansas City area. Our technicians are all certified in Kansas and Missouri, and complete ongoing training and refresher courses throughout the year. Our technicians average over 15 years of experience in the industry, and they carry with them the materials and necessary equipment to complete the service correctly the first time they are at a site.
Augustine Exterminators, Inc. does not require our customers sign a long-term service contract. Our customers are generally pleased with our service, so we don't believe it is necessary to make them sign a binding contract. We almost always send the same technician to your house, so you can be assured that they will be familiar with any special circumstances that need to be addressed.
We are a local, family-owned company that has been a part of our community for over half a century, and we have friendly employees who answer our phones - no 1-800 numbers, no voice prompts to follow, and no conversations with out-of-state (or out-of-country) representatives who are unfamiliar with our community and our customers' needs. We use only the best and safest pesticides available on the market from manufacturers like BASF and Bayer that have been thoroughly tested and proven to be safe and effective.
With all this, why waste your time with door-to-door pests making outlandish promises and offering to-good-to-be-true pricing? Avoid the impostors and continue to rely on a trusted name in the industry: Augustine Exterminators!
Thank you for your loyalty over the years, and thank you for your business!