Choosing a Termite Damage Company
Knowing you have termites within your property can mean trouble, but finding the right company to deal with it need not be. 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. Also, the company you hire must have a termite damage-specific license, because not all pest damage services have a license to work on 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. Ask your prospective company for their license numbers and certification details and verify the information with your secretary of state and the certification issuer.
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 step is absolutely crucial when you’re talking about termite damage. Homeowners’ insurance usually excludes termite treatment or repairs, so you’re basically on your own when it comes to protecting your property. Warranties with a damage clause are also not commonly offered by pest damage companies. Before you sign a contract with a damage clause, you need to understand what it covers exactly. If you find a warranty program too much for your budget, at least get an annual termite inspection.
Ask your prospective company how they plan to handle your termite problem. Are they going to use baits or traps? What specific chemicals? Make sure they present their plan to you in written form for your reference. Ask each of your prospective companies to do that and compare their plans.
The Fine Print
In many areas around the country, pest damage services are grouped into general pest damage and termite damage. Make sure your contract states the particular type of service you need. Take time to read the contract carefully and understand all the details. Most definitely, you should have a written contract because this will protect you against an unscrupulous company.
Finally, if you don’t feel at ease with a company, you may not want to work with them. Remember that this is not going to be a one-shot deal. Pest damage technicians often visit your home on a regular basis, so you have to be totally comfy with the idea.