Knock, knock! Who's there?
It's pest control!
Okay, so that's not our greatest joke ever, but let's talk about what to expect when a pest control technician arrives at the door.
We recently came across this story out of St. Petersburg, where con men approached homeowners claiming to do work such as pest control and yard tasks before making off with the homeowner's valuable possessions. A young man sprayed spider-fighting "acid" (likely water) on an 84-year-old woman's hand before hurrying her inside her house and telling her to remove her rings. As you can imagine, the young man fled with the rings.
As you're outside gardening this season, if someone approaches you with tips for your pest control or instant critique of your property - pest control related or not - be wary and prepared to protect yourself and your possessions. There are stories in the news everyday of people posing as the experts they are not, whether they're pretending to be electricians, plumbers, landscapers or pest control technicians. Should someone attempt to talk you into their services without little background information about themselves, do not allow them to begin any work on your property without asking them for identification and taking the time to research their business and the responses of prior customers.
In Paris, Tennessee, Randall Damesworth was charged in the theft of over $100,000 from victims through fake insurance claims, and pleaded guilty. He was running Mid-State Termite and Pest Control, and faced several charges, including, "operating a pest control company without a business permit, impersonation of a licensed professional, entering into a termite contract without a business and operating a pest control company without a business."
The licensed technicians of Catseye Pest Control, a Better Business Bureau-accredited business, will not show up to your house uninvited to pressure you into making a pest control sales decision. Our technicians arrive in Catseye-branded vehicles wearing Catseye-branded clothing only after you've reached out for pest control assistance, whether preventative or to fix an existing problem. Pest Control technicians and Nuisance Wildlife trappers are required by state law to carry their certification license. You have the right to ask to see a technician's certification license as well as a pest control company's business licensee, which can be found at the company's office and the DEC.
Research is important when seeking a solution that protects the health of your family and the value of your property. Whatever your final decision, make sure you've properly researched the company's standing in the community, professionalism, experience and warrantees.
Have any questions about pest control or Catseye? Give us a call or send us an e-mail!