Protecting Your Wallet
Warmer temperatures across the country are prompting bugs and other pests to seek shelter in many homes and office buildings. Pest Control Charter files indicate that consumer enquiries into local pest control companies typically spike during the months of June and July, and are likely to do the same again this year.
However, the Pest Control Charter warns that 26 complaints have been filed about local pest control service companies in the past year. Many of the complaints allege that treatments were not effective and pests were not fully exterminated. Other complaints allege issues over the final cost of the services or the payment process. The average cost of pest control services complained about was £300.
When considering who to hire for help with pest control, the Pest Control Charter recommends the following:
- Start with Trust. Check any pest control company's Business Review before signing a contract. Look at the company's rating, how they have responded to past customer complaints and any advertising issues they may have had.
- Compare Price Quotes. Solicit bids from at least three different pest control companies before making a decision. The Pest Control Charter provides a free Request a Quote service to gather estimates from local PCC Accredited Businesses. Be sure to provide the details of the services you need, and keep in mind the lowest price may not always be the highest quality of service.
- Ask About Safety and Risks. Because pesticides and pest control strategies can be dangerous to touch or directly inhale, be sure to ask the company about the safety of the chemicals they use. Let the company know if you have pets, children, or sensitive plants as that may impact the products they select for your home.
- Read the Fine Print. Carefully go over any contract before you sign. Pay close attention to any warranties or termination fees if the contract is extended for monitoring or future services. Make sure any additional discounts or guarantees promised are included in the contract.
- Check for Accreditation and Insurance. Make sure company has been awarded accreditation certificates from repected pest control organisations such as the Pest Control Charter, the BPCA and the NPTA. Also, be sure to ask for proof of the company's workers' compensation insurance and coverage for any potential property damage or personal liability.
To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit www.pestcontrolcharter.co.uk.
Article provided by Pest Control Charter