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Pest Control Companies

Ohio Law requires that all pest control firms be licensed through the Pesticide Regulation Section of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture If you are not familiar with the firm, check with the BBB. If the firm offers references, take time to check them carefully.

Have several companies inspect your property. After each inspection, the technician should discuss any problems and submit proposals for treatment. A proper proposal will include a diagram of the structure indicating the locations of damage and the treatment recommended for each portion of the house.

Understand the terms of the contract. Ask the pest control specialist to provide a written statement of the work proposed and a cost estimate. Understand any guarantees. Determine if a yearly charge will be levied during the guarantee period or if all charges are included in the initial price. Determine if the firm will notify you when inspections are due. You will probably be asked to sign a work contract- understand clearly what obligations are assumed and what benefits are received in return. Beware of firms that: * Use scare tactics to pressure you into signing a contract quickly. * Indicate that excess chemical is left over from another job and a special price can be offered for immediate treatment. * Claim to be endorsed by OSU, a governmental agency, or a pest control association. * Appear at the door unexpectedly and cite neighbor's damage as an incentive to inspect and/or treat your home. * Submit an estimate substantially lower than other firms. * Have an unlisted phone number and/or address. * Claim to insulate your premises against termite invasion. * Claim to have a secret formula or chemical more potent than any other firm can offer. * Fail to address your questions and concerns. * Cannot show proof of licensing by Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. * Quote prices over the phone without having performed a thorough inspection of your property. * Slander other pest control companies.

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