How to Choose a Competent and Reliable Termite Damage Company
Finding termites in your home can be such a burden, but it doesn’t have to be the same with finding the right pest damage service. Still, because termite damage chemicals are highly toxic to humans, animals and the environment, you need to choose a company that can provide the treatment as safely as possible.
Below are considerations you should make before choosing a pest damage company.
Licensing and Certification
First off, consider a termite damage company only if it is licensed in your state and certified. Note that licensing requirements can vary from one state to another. The company you hire should also have a license specific to termite damage, because not all pest damage companies are licensed to tackle termites.
However, just because a company says they’re licensed and certified doesn’t mean they actually are. It’s important to do your own research pertaining to this. Get the license number of the company and details about their certification, and verify with your secretary of state and the body that issued the certification.
It’s also good to contact some former clients of the company and ask them how they found the service and if there were recurrences.
Besides a license and certifications, your termite damage company should also have insurance, and you need to verify this too. This is particularly important when it comes to termites. Homeowners’ insurance does not always include termite treatment or repairs, so you need to be act on your own. Warranties with a damage clause are also not commonly offered by pest damage companies. Before you sign a contract that has a damage clause, first understand its exact coverage. If you think a warranty program is not within your budget, sign up for a yearly termite inspection at least.
Talk to your prospective company about their plans for containing your termite problem. Are they going to use baits or traps? What specific chemicals? Have them present their plan to you in writing for your reference. Ask each of your prospective companies to do that and compare their plans.
The Fine Print
In various areas around the country, pest damage services are split into general pest damage and termite damage. Your contract must cover the service you’re seeking. Go through the contract ever so carefully, making sure that every single detail is understood. Definitely, you need a written contract for your own protection.
Your Gut Feel
Finally, if you don’t feel at ease with a certain company, you should reconsider working with them. Keep in mind that this is going to be an ongoing process. Pest damage technicians often visit your home on a regular basis, so you have to be totally comfy with the idea.