When homeowners find pests in their home, they will often do just about anything to get rid of them. The first course of action is often to contact a pest control service and talk to them about getting rid of the pests. Many of these services are happy to help homeowners, or so it seems at first. Unfortunately, many professionals are simply happy to hear that they have a new customer, and will soon collect more profits. Helping the customer get rid of their pests, and keep them away, is a lesser priority for them.
One-way pest control services collect more profits is by making their customers sign a contract. It’s important all homeowners understand what these contracts actually state, and the penalties they include.
What’s In A Pest Control Contract?
The terms of a pest control contract will typically include the name and contact information of both the company and the homeowner. They will also include a price for the services rendered, and what services are included. For example, a contract for getting rid of termites will likely not include any mention of bed bugs. Sometimes, these contracts will also include terms, such as dates the contract is in effect.
As the University of Missouri suggests, if a contract states the date the contract is enforced, it will also likely include exclusion clauses. These are reasons a contract can, or cannot be, cancelled. If you cancel the contract for any reason listed within an exclusion clause, the pest control service will likely still charge you for services that were not rendered. Homeowners often don’t know this until it’s too late, and they are being charged for a service they did not want or receive.
Problems With Pest Control Contracts
Missouri’s Better Business Bureau has many examples of why pest control contracts are not beneficial for the homeowner. The BBB has many listed services, and the complaints individuals have made about pest control services. Many of those complaints pertain to the contracts homeowners were required to sign before even receiving service. These individuals later wanted to cancel the service and were penalized by the pest control company for it.
However, there are many reasons homeowners may wish to cancel their pest control service. Perhaps they are moving, or they simply no longer have the pest problem they once did. Due to the fact that many pest control services guarantee their services, this latter reason is a common reason individuals wish to cancel their contract. On the other hand, sometimes a pest control service simply may not get effective results. Homeowners then want to try a different program and are penalized for not continuing to use a service that isn’t even working.
Signing a contract for a pest control program isn’t necessarily a warning sign. If that contract involves penalties for withdrawing from the program though, homeowners should beware. Pest control services should never penalize people for making a choice. If they do, homeowners should find a different service to use.
Contact Us Today
When homeowners have a pest problem, they should speak to a St. Louis pest control service that doesn’t place any unfair obligations on them. Contact us today at Amco Ranger for help.