Choosing a Termite Damage Company
Discovering termites within your property can be a burden, but finding the right pest damage company 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.
Here are a few considerations before hiring a pest damage company:
Licensing and Certification
First and foremost, pick a termite damage service that has a state license and is certified. Know that licensing requirements vary according to the state. 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, don’t just believe a company when they claim to be licensed and certified. You need to do your own research on 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 crucial in terms of termites. Homeowners’ insurance does not always include termite treatment or repairs, so you need to be act on your own. A damage clause in warranties is also not very common. Before you sign a contract with a damage clause, you need to understand what it covers exactly. If you think a warranty program is not within your budget, sign up for a yearly termite inspection at least.
Ask your prospective company how they plan to handle your termite problem. Will they use traps or baits? What chemicals? Make sure they present their plan to you in written form for your reference. Let each of your prospective company do that and make comparisons.
The Fine Print
In various areas around the country, pest damage services are split into general pest damage and termite damage. Ensure that your contract covers the specific type of service you’re looking for. Take time to read the contract carefully and understand all the details. Most certainly, you should have a written contract as this will serve as your protection.
Lastly, if a company somehow makes you feel ill at ease, it may not be wise 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.