When you’ve noticed the telltale signs of a bug infestation — like discarded wings, frass or egg casings — you need to make some key decisions with lightning speed in order to protect your home as quickly as possible.
There are a few questions you need to consider for any potential pest control service in order to ensure that this process leads to a quick and easy treatment. Whether or not a potential service operates in your area is your first question. The next one should be whether or not the service deals with the pests that are in your home.
Orkin and Aptive Environmental Pest Control are two major pest control services that operate in the U.S. — Orkin in 47 states and Aptive in 24. Orkin also includes 400 global locations and covers termites and bed bugs, which Aptive doesn’t. Tech-savvy customers may find Orkin’s lack of a chat function frustrating, but the company has a great guarantee and other customer-friendly processes.
Aptive Environmental offers one green comprehensive plan that covers a ton of bugs and critters. Using gentle methods like power-washing and frequent visits, Aptive makes sure its customers are taken care of and their homes are pest-free.
It all comes down to location and services. If you are not in one of Aptive’s 24 states or if you have a termite or bed bug problem, then this company will not work for your problem. If you prefer the greenest options in the industry and care about protecting your personal environment, Aptive Environmental is an excellent choice.
Orkin has locations in lots of places, and with patented products and processes in its Points of Service plan, Orkin takes care of its customers. With global offices and highly trained specialists, Orkin covers 15 to 20 of the most common household pests.
Orkin knows that the best defense against pests and critters is consistent, well-researched treatment. Each of the company’s specialists are trained in a rigorous 160-hour program so that you know when you choose Orkin, you are in the best pest control service in the industry.
Treating between 15 to 20 common household pests, Orkin’s Points of Service plan implements key six steps to ensure that the pests will be eradicated and a reinfestation will not occur.
Well-known in the industry, Orkin has locations in 47 states and an excellent Better Business Bureau rating. Many customers that rely on an instant response time may not like Orkin’s lack of a chat function, but Orkin makes up for this factor with its call policy – namely, if you call before noon, Orkin calls back the same day.
With over 400 global locations and operations in 47 states, the only states that Orkin doesn’t cover are Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Locations include:
A fairly new company, Aptive Environmental strives to employ the greenest, most gentle methods available. More than that, Aptive is a member of a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program that educates people about the dangers of pesticides, so you know that the products the company uses are safe for your kids and pets.
Aptive offers customizable plans to its customers with a specific flushing treatment that eradicates 70% to 80% of active pests; since the green products Aptive uses do not penetrate insect eggs, technicians return for regular, scheduled follow-ups to make sure that bugs don’t return. This environmentally sensitive company offers only one program, but the customizable nature of it makes it an excellent and effective tool against pest infestation.
During their initial visit, Aptive specialists will do a thorough assessment in every nook and cranny of your property, including outbuildings, garages, water features and crawl spaces. Any place a critter might like to call home, Aptive will inspect and treat.
Aptive Environmental is located in these 24 states:
The moment you get an inkling that you may have a bug infestation, it’s critical to act fast. Both of these companies are experts in identifying your pest problem immediately, so that they can get to work fixing the issue.
Orkin uses its Points of Service plan to get rid of your pests and ensure they will not come back; Aptive’s Four Seasons Protection Plan is so comprehensive that many of the pests (excluding termites and bed bugs) are add-ons in other companies’ plans.
Orkin begins treatment with an assessment and is followed by a diagnosis. With a monthly, quarterly, or bi-monthly visitation schedule, Orkin also offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee for treatment. Here are how these two pest control service providers measure up against one another.
Orkin offers an excellent range of pest services, including:
Aptive Environmental offers one comprehensive plan — the Four-Seasons Protection Plan — but it covers a long list of pests and critters. Aptive understands that the most effective approach is both defensive and offensive. If you have a problem with any of the following intruders, Aptive can help.
One of the primary concerns of a homeowner with a pest problem is how much treatment will cost. If you are looking for a company to help you take care of a potentially dangerous infestation, you need to have an understanding of what you are paying for when you sign on the dotted line.
Most pest control companies determine cost from a few different elements like square footage, pest type, and removal methods. Here is how both Aptive Environmental and Orkin Exterminators determine what they charge their customers.
One of Orkin’s strongest assets is their responsive and clear communication between Orkin’s specialists and their clients. Orkin breaks down what the final charge will be from these elements:
Orkin will come out for an initial free assessment and provide you with a quote before you have to put a card down. A sample quote for a home in Houston that’s 2,000 sq ft is $575 annual cost.
This environmentally sensitive company offers one plan – Four Seasons Protection Plan. With this plan, an initial assessment includes a flushing treatment that kills two-thirds to three-quarters of the insects, pests, and eggs.
On initial visits, Aptive pros get rid of all wasps’ nests and spider webs. Since there are no safe products that can infiltrate insects’ eggs, Aptive’s teams will return in 30 to 45 days to repeat parts of the process.
Then Aptive’s technicians will visit your place quarterly to make sure that bugs remain away from your property lines. The company’s pros also use a power washer that paints your foundation with a gentle, rain-proof treatment.
Homeowners contend with a variety of emergencies, and a pest infestation is one of the most dire. If you spotted sagging wooden elements, bubbling paint or webs and nests, you need to call a pest control service provider that you can trust.
Location, cost and pest type are all integral determinations in choosing a pest control service. At Home Pros can help you take these steps with a knowledgeable frame of reference.
Orkin is a nationwide company with a rigorous training program and timely responsiveness to customers. Aptive Environmental prides itself on gentler products and practices, and offers one comprehensive program to its customers.
To protect your home, you need an ally like At Home Pros. We will find your ideal service provider, and will even schedule you an initial visit to find quotes. Reach out to us for solutions to your home’s pest problem.