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Choosing A Termite Service Company

Monday, 11. January 2010 22:37

Termite Pest Control

Selecting a service company – Annual Contracts

Make sure the company offers a guarantee and also, understand the terms and conditions and how long the guarantee is offered.

When choosing a service company for pest control one thing should to make sure of, is whether the company offers a guarantee – read all the terms and conditions and be sure to understand it. In order to make sure that you receive the best quality a service company can offer, you should check your local Department of Agriculture to see whether complaints were filed against that company. Also, take advantage of the internet and research the company you are interested in. You should also be able to confirm whether the service company is a member of the National Pest Control Associate and of your state pest control association.

Another recommendation is to inquire multiple proposals. You should gun for at least 3 different proposals. Basically, squeeze as much information out of the service company you are thinking of joining! It will only benefit you if you are able to get as much information as you can. Begin asking for the company’s work ethic, treatment procedures, information on chemical treatment, warranties, and copies of insecticide labels. Liability insurance is a MUST. Also, it is important that the company offers semi-annual or annual inspections to prevent re-infestation.

Contrary to popular belief, an annual contract does NOT mean the service company is required to re-treat your home every year. Unless there is evidence that termites are active in your home, is it not necessary for company to treat your home every year. In fact, some states restrict treatments per year. Though they are not able to re-treat your home every year, they are allowed to inspect your home – which they should be doing if you do indeed have an annual contract. Typically, a company will provide a 1-year guarantee after treating a home for termites. That contract is usually up for renewal which would generally cost between $75 – $200. Of course, the cost of treatment will depend on the size of the home or the structure and the area that needs to be treated.


So the main question is – do you even need the annual contract?

Some points to consider include:

  • If you are considering moving and selling your home after a few years, a contract should be created. That way, if there is an indication of termite infestation during the time of a sale, the company will be liable. In order to successfully keep an annual contract while moving, you should consider whether the pest control company will allow their contract to be transferred to the new homeowner.
  • Although you may be trying to sell your home or in the process of selling your home, an annual contract is recommended. If in case that you are not able to sell your home in a short amount of time, holding an annual contract will ensure prevention and treatment to your home. In the case that you find termites in your home, you would need to do your own termite treatment or find a service company at that point in time.
  • A great monitoring tool is the Termite Baiting System. The point of this preventative measure is to breach the termites and locate them before they reach your home. Once it is monitored that there is a termite infestations, the same baiting system that was initially a “monitoring” tool is then utilized as a “treatment” tool.  Insecticides will be used in the baiting system in place of the monitoring bait to act as both preventatives and treatment.
  • Make sure you keep track of treatment and inspections. Just because your home gets treated, it does not mean damage has not been done. If your house was infested during treatment, there could be a chance that your home has already endured damage before getting treated.

Always be on the look-out! Gather as much information as you can when thinking about joining a certain service company.

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