In Alabama, termites are more than a nuisance. A termite infestation can lead to serious consequences for homeowners and damage to the structure. Termites infest and eat the wood. When a homeowner enters into a contract with a pesticide company to inspect for termites, he or she expects that the company will protect the home against said pests. Sadly, this is not always what happens.
Termite pest control companies can attempt to scam or otherwise cheat homeowners. Does Alabama protect its homeowners against fraudulent termite inspections?
Alabama’s requirements for pesticide companies
Many states do not have regulations for pesticide companies, but Alabama stands out due to them being a more serious issue than other places. The Department of Agriculture is the department that regulates the pesticide industry. The regulations state that companies must provide an inspection to ensure that there are no termites or other wood destroying pests. If found, then the company must provide an initial treatment. Later, the company has to provide a re-treatment. Any company that offers pesticide treatment should have a license from the state.
Homeowners’ peace of mind when buying or selling a home
Your home is most likely the most important investment that you have. To protect it is a priority. To provide yourself with peace of mind, WSFA News recommends that homeowners ask to see a contractor’s pesticide license in advance. When you enter into a contract with the company, the company has an obligation to abide by state laws. In the past, other pesticide companies have lost nearly $1,000,000 in refund settlements.