If you have a Pest control problem that you do not want to handle on your own, you may decide to turn to a professional.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends getting answers to these questions before you choose a company:
1-Is the company licensed?
Make sure the license is current. Also ask if the employees are bonded, meaning that the company reimburses you for any loss or damage caused by the employee.
2-Is the Company willing and able to discuss the treatment proposed for your home?
Any company should inspect your premises and outline a recommended control program including:
a- The pest to be controlled
b- Extent of the problem
c- Active ingredients in the pesticide chosen
d- Potential adverse health effects
e- Non- chemical alternatives available
f- Special instructions to reduce your exposure to the pesticide
g- Steps to take to minimize your pest problem in the future
3-Does the company have a good track record?
Don’t rely on the company salesperson to answer this question. Research the answer yourself. Ask neighbors and friends if they have ever deal with the company before and if they were satisfied with the service they received. Call your state or local regulatory agency and find out if they have received complaints about the company.
4-Does the company have appropriate insurance?
Most Contractors carry general liability insurance. They should also carry workmen’s compensation insurance, which can help protect you should one of their employees be injured while working in your house. Although most states do not require pest control companies to buy insurance, you should think twice before hiring a company that is not insured.
5-Does the company guarantees its work?
You should be skeptical about a company that does not guarantee its work.
6-Is the company affiliated with a professional pest control association?
Professional associations keeps members informed of new developments in pest control methods, safety, training and research. Members agree to honor a code of ethics. The fact that a company chooses to join a professional association signal its concern for quality.
Hiring a company to take care of your pest control does no mean your job is over. You must evaluate the results. If you believe something has gone wrong, contact the company. Be a responsible wise consumer and keep asking questions until your pests are under control.