According the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), if you have a pest control problem, either at home or at work, and are considering hiring a professional pest control, it is important to understand that a qualified pest control operator has special training, experience and the tools to assure protection against destructive insects, birds and rodents.
The Department of Consumer Affairs, Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) licenses pest control operators and regulates the application of pesticides and services related to general household and industrial pest control, and termites and other wood destroying organisms. The Cal-EPA, Department of Pesticide Regulation licenses and regulates the practice of pest control in non-structural areas, such as food production and ornamental pest control
The PCOC recommends the following guidelines before hiring a pest control company:
-Ask your neighbors and friends. It's quite likely that someone you know has encountered a pest problem before and has a reputable firm to recommend. Inquire about the type of pest problem and how satisfied they were with the service.
-Check the company's professional affiliations. Membership in Pest Control Operators of California is a good indication that the company has access to modern technical information and has pledged to follow the strict code of ethics. A member of the Structural Pest Control Board (our licensing agency) once remarked that they noticed that while a majority of the industry belonged to Pest Control Operators of California, the majority of companies who were brought up on complaints were not members of the association.
-Reach a complete understanding with the company before work starts. Find out what the pest problem is and how it will be treated. It might be a good idea to get the treatment plan and period in writing as well as what you can expect as a result.
-Read the guarantee. Many companies offer them. But there are limitations. So be sure you fully understand what the company is offering.
- Consider value, not price. What appears to be a real bargain may need a second look. A higher price may come with better service or more frequent visits. Pest management plays a major role in living healthier, more comfortable lives.
-An untrained consumer might simply purchase a less expensive over-the-counter pesticide yet lack the proper knowledge on actual application. The professional pest management technician relies on training, expertise and more sophisticated techniques to apply pesticides in an environmentally conscientious manner.
For further information you may contact:PEST CONTROL OPERATORS OF CALIFORNIA3031 Beacon BoulevardWest Sacramento, CA 95691(916)372-4363
STRUCTURAL PEST BOARD OF CALIFORNIA1418 Howe Avenue Suite 18Sacramento, CA 95825(916) 561-8708
updated 1/27/06. nr.