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. But how can you ensure that the professionals you hire will do a great job?
Local or state agencies often issue licenses to pest control and inspection contractors. If applicable, check with your state pesticide regulatory agency whether the operator’s license is current. Also, see if the company is bonded, which means that they will reimburse you in case of a loss or damage caused by an employee.
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. 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. Though insurance is not a requirement for pest control companies in most states, you should seriously reconsider working with an uninsured company.
If a company does not guarantee its work, be careful. Moreover, be sure to know what you have to do in order to keep your end of the bargain. 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, from local to state to national, make sure their members are in the know when it comes to new methods and techniques, safety, training, regulations and other developments in the pest control industry. 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.