Debugging Your Home: Tips on Hiring a Pest Control Company
By Vincent Lazaneo
When it’s hot, the bugs are out – and often, in. Ants and other household pests can be a nuisance, but it’s important to give careful thought on how you control them to protect your family and the environment.
Many indoor pests can be controlled without using dangerous chemicals. Tips on how to control common pests with non-chemical methods and least-toxic products are available on the UC Integrated Pest Management website, www.ipm.ucdavis.edu. There you will find a collection of UC Pest Notes on home invaders including ants, cockroaches, fleas, flies, pantry pests, spiders and termites.
Inquire before you hire.
Look for a license.
Individuals operating a landscape maintenance business and also performing incidental pest control must possess a Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL) issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. You can verify a certificate or license online at www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/license/currlic.htm.
Also inquire if a company has general liability and workers’ compensation insurance and check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, www.sandiego.bbb.org .
Request an inspection.
Ask about pesticides.
Vincent Lazaneo Urban Horticulture Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension. He helped found the San Diego County Master Gardener Association more than two decades ago and serves as its advisor. He is the author of numerous articles on plants and pests that appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, California Garden and other publications
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