If you have a pest control issue that you do not want to take care of yourself, you may decide to hire a pest control and inspection company. How can you make sure that the professionals end up hiring will deliver satisfying results?
Local or state agencies often issue licenses to pest control and inspection contractors. Contact to your state pesticide regulatory agency to know if the contractor’s license is valid (if applicable). In addition, see if the company is bonded so you can be reimbursed in the event that an employee causes any losses or damages.
The company must inspect your property and create a recommended control program that includes the following:The company needs to inspect your property and come up with a proposed control program, which should cover:The company should carefully inspect your premises and draw up a pest control program that includes: Pests that will be eliminatedPests that must be controlledPests that have to be controlled Degree of infestationExtent of the infestationExtent of the issue Active ingredient/s in the chosen pesticide and any associated adverse health effects Active ingredient/s in the pesticide that will be used and associated negative health effectsActive ingredient/s of the pesticide to be applied and any adverse health effects associated with their use Application techniquesTechniques of applicationApplication methods )Detailed instructions intended to control your pesticide exposure (vacating the house and removing animals, for example) What you can do to avoid pest problems in the futureSteps you can take to prevent future pest issues Measures you can take to avoid recurrence of your pest problem
Don’t depend on the company salesperson for this. Do your own research. Check with your state pesticide regulatory agency whether they have received complaints about the company you’re eyeing. As well, spend time talking to neighbors and friends about any pest control and inspection service they may have hired before, And whether they were happy with the results.
Contractors need general liability insurance, including accidental pollution insurance, and workmen’s compensation insurance, which will free you from liability in the event that a worker gets injured on site. Though insurance is not a requirement for pest control companies in most states, you should seriously reconsider working with an uninsured company.
You must be skeptical about any company that is unwilling to guarantee its work. Furthermore, make sure you know your part of the bargain. For instance, in termite control, a company’s guarantee may be invalidated if you make structural changes to your home without informing the company in advance.
Professional associations, whether on a local, state or national level, keep members in the loop regarding of the most recent developments in the pest control business, such as new methods, safety techniques, research, regulations, etc. Members also agree to follow a strict code of ethics. A company, big or small, communicates concern for quality when it decides to join a professional association.
You and the company you have chosen should draw up the contract together, ensuring that all your safety concerns – for example, allergies, presence of wildlife and fish, etc. – are considered. And just before you sign the contract, go through the fine print.