How to Choose a Pest Control and Inspection Company
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 tell if the professionals you hire will give you quality results?
In most cases, state or local agencies issue licenses to pest control and inspection companies. Contact to your state pesticide regulatory agency to know if the contractor’s license is valid (if applicable). As well, check if the company is bonded, meaning you will be reimbursed for any losses or damages caused by of their workers.
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. Call your state pesticide regulatory agency and ask them about any complaints they may have received about the company you’re considering. Ask your friends and neighbors as well if they have worked with pest control and inspection professionals in the past, and how they found that company.
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. While most states do not require insurance for pest control companies, you should never hire one that is not appropriately insured.
You must be skeptical about any company that is unwilling to guarantee its work. Furthermore, make sure you know your part of the bargain. In the case of termite control treatments, for instance, the company may invalidate the guarantee if you make structural alterations to your property without telling them 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. When a company, big or small, decides to join a professional association, it usually means it is dedicated to quality.
You and your chosen company should create the contract side by side, and whatever safety concerns you have, such as allergies, pets, nearby fish, and so on, must be considered. And just before you sign the contract, go through the fine print.