Finding a Good Pest Control and Inspection Company
If you have a pest control scenario that you can’t contain on your own, you may turn to a pest control and inspection company for help. How can you make sure that the professionals end up hiring will deliver satisfying results?
State or local agencies usually issue licenses for pest control. 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 Specific instructions to minimize your exposure to the pesticide (for example, emptying cupboards and removing pets)Particular instructions to limit your exposure to the pesticide (for instance, vacating the area, emptying cupboards, etc. 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 what the salesperson tells you. Do your own research. Give your state pesticide regulatory agency a ring and see if they have dealt with complaints from your prospective company’s customers. Also ask neighbors and friends if they have hired a pest control and inspection professionals before, and what they thought of that company.
Contractors are expected to have general liability insurance, including coverage for sudden and accidental pollution, and workmen’s compensation insurance, which spares you from liability when any of their employees gets hurt on site. While most states do not require insurance for pest control companies, you should never hire one that is not appropriately insured.
If a company does not guarantee its work, be careful. Additionally, make sure you know what you should do to keep your end of the deal. For instance, if you hired a company for termite control, they may render the guarantee invalid if you make structural adjustments to your house without them knowing beforehand.
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. When a company, big or small, decides to join a professional association, it usually means it is dedicated to quality.
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.