How to Choose a 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 tell if the professionals you hire will give you quality 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). 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 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 count on a 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. 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. 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, 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 abide by 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 choose should develop the contract hand in hand, making sure that all safety concerns, such as or presence of fish and wildlife, allergies, etc., are taken into account. And just before you sign the contract, go through the fine print.