Hiring Local Pest Control

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Understanding The Differences in Pest Control Companies

When it comes to picking a professional pest control company, there are some surprising things that you might want to consider. Hiring local pest control services definitely has benefits. Most people would assume that the big name national brand companies would have the best of the best when it comes to knowledgeable and experienced service technicians. After all, they are multi-billion dollar corporations that have the financial means to attract and license the best and most dependable technicians available, right?

A Small License Lesson

local pest controlYou might be shocked to find out that the person you are relying on to be an expert on pesticide applications (what to use and how to use it safely) doesn’t need anything more than just a driver’s license to start doing treatments inside your home. Thats right, as you can see in the actual help wanted ad, a driver’s license is all that is required, no experience needed. While located locally, there is a big difference from local pest control and a service technician!

The way this works is by having the new hire work under the company’s license. The problem with this process is that the new hire has completed training, but not nearly as extensive as a licensed applicator. In addition, if the new hire doesn’t follow the laws regarding the application of the chemicals to be used and someone gets sick, then the company is liable and not the new hire. So in other words, if someone with no experience comes into your home and performs an application incorrectly and in an unsafe manner,  they aren’t held responsible at the end of the day. They are not held personally liable for the damages because they don’t have a commercial pesticide applicator’s license.

 Hiring Local Pest Control – Individually Licensed Experts

This is where the important difference is between local pest control companies and the big players. For example, at our company we only hire individually licensed service technicians to perform our chemical treatments. The reason being is if the employee is licensed to do the application, then they are also personally liable for the quality of service to be performed. This holds our services and professionals to a higher standard, as well as verifying that they are competent to do they job properly and safely.

If you’re considering reaching out for some assistance with a pest control problem, be sure to make certain that the professional in your home is properly licensed as well as adequately insured.  Local pest control is an affordable option! This will help protect you and your family from possible problems associated with unqualified and inexperienced service technicians.

Individually licensed applicators have undergone extensive training, testing and annual education to maintain their knowledge in the industry.  These are the people you want treating your home, answering your questions and ultimately – Getting rid of your pest problems.

Call for local pest control services –  the Bed Bug Pros by Ridtek Inc and talk with a licensed applicator! 216-544-8292.

9 Responses

  1. Tomas Killington

    My wife and I have recently moved into an older home. There have been a few bug here and there. My wife hates bugs, and can’t live in a place where bugs could be. I didn’t realize that a local pest control service only hires individually licensed service technicians to ensure chemicals are used properly. That’s something that could really be beneficial in our situation.

    • tbbp

      Hi Tomas, Unfortunately bugs are often a necessary evil – And they do serve a great purpose! Bed bugs can be a very different story.
      Not all local pest control companies are operated the same way – And there is nothing wrong with having an un-licensed employee, the hiring and training just has to be completed properly.

  2. Kylie Dotts

    I like how you recommend ensuring that the company is properly insured. This would bring you peace of mind knowing that if anything were ever to happen you would be protected. The good thing though is also knowing that the pest control service you hired has the experience to not make mistakes that would cause a need for insurance to be involved. Research and recommendations would be a surefire way to hire someone who won’t make any mistakes.

    • tbbp

      Insurance for licensed exterminators is required by law. For the heat only businesses – They may not need the same or same amount! It is a bit scary!

  3. Derek Dewitt

    There have been way more bugs in our house this summer than last so we’ve been looking a pest control company to take care of them. I like that you stress the importance of finding a company that has licensed employees. I only want people who are experienced and know the right solutions for the right bugs so I’ll be sure to ask about licenses. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oscar O'Malley

    I really like that you mentioned hiring a licensed pest control expert. I’ve found a small infestation of insects in the corner of my basement, and I’d like to have it taken care of as soon as possible. Thanks for the information–I’ll be sure to find someone licensed and reliable to take care of it!

  5. Ridley Fitzgerald

    It’s good to learn how to hire pest control. I like how you said that we would want to see what license they have. Hopefully, we can find someone with more certifications than just a driver’s license!

  6. Khorae Olivier

    I had no idea you only needed a driver’s license to do pest control treatments in someone’s home. I have a problem with earwigs getting into my home. Thank you for the information about how companies can hire someone under the company license instead of going through all the extensive training themselves.

  7. Gary Puntman

    I like that you said you should make sure they have the right license. I agree that this will show that an employee has the right training, like you said. I’m sure it’s also very important that they understand the proper application of chemicals and safety procedures. Companies definitely want to make sure their employees are properly trained to avoid any liability as well.