ALWAYS LOOK TOWARDS THE DERBYSHIRE TRUSTED TRADER SCHEME OR SIMILAR BODIES, THEY VET THE BUSINESSES FIRST AND SO YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF TALKING TO A DECENT COMPANY, PLUS YOU HAVE A BODY THAT YOU CAN COMPLAIN TO IF THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SHOULD BE.
A LOT OF UNSCRUPULOUS COMPANIES HATE ME FOR TELLING YOU HOW THEY JUSTIFY THEIR HIGH CHARGES FOR WASP NEST TREATMENTS.
The following paragraphs show some of the nonsense excuses that we have heard from our customers in order for the charges to be increased by the companies that carry out the work. Be aware of what you tell people over the phone or you too could be overcharged. Be aware that if you contact a pest controller and describe where the problem is, they should be able to give you a price over the phone, BEFORE you give them your address. Otherwise you could be bullied into paying more money for the work than is required.
Excuses in RED. Reasons for the excuses in BLACK
Two different prices for the same job, one with a guarantee one without. The lower price only has a very small amount of powder or chemical used to ensure that the job is not treated and you have to call them back and pay more.
If you give us cash it will be cheaper because we can forget the VAT? This is not right, and you will probably find they are not vat registered in the first place, with this type of transaction no invoice is given for the work you will have no come back if the work is not carried out correctly, also the invoice should state which chemical has been used, by law any chemicals used have to be documented.
You pay us per visit / treatment even if we have to carry out a return visit. This is a con, a very small amount of powder or chemical is used on the nest in the first treatment, to ensure that the job is not treated and you have to call them back and pay more. A guarantee of only one charge per nest, can and should be given that only one treatment is required, due to the certainty of the chemicals working correctly, if applied to the nest as it should be.
Only trades people in trade organisations are qualified to carry out the work. Rubbish trade groups do not prove that the technician can do the work any better than those that are not in a group, training is given at all levels of this type of work.
The work is at roof level and so a stronger powder / chemical is required. Not true as the chemical is the same.
The work is higher and so it costs more because it requires different training to low level work. Not true it is the same no matter where it is.
The wasp nest is hard to reach. The technician should have different kit to reach hard to get at areas. Unless specialist kit is required ie a cherry picker or scaffolding.
I need to use a ladder. Why it is a part of the kit that should be carried. You would not pay a mechanic to use a bigger spanner.
Its weekend or out of normal working hours charges. Why charge more for weekends etc if they work for themselves or want the work.
Its bank holiday charges. Why they advertise that they work over holiday times, they should state about extra charges when first contacted.
The nest is in a cavity. If the wasps can get into the hole so can the treatment.
18 month or long term guarantees given if you pay more money. The nest should be dead within approx 1 hour after treatment and so an 18 month guarantee is worthless. The only guarantee that needs to be given is that if there is still wasp activity after a couple of days a free revisit and re -
You need a chemical that is stronger than normal, in order to prevent wasps returning to the nest at a later date. This is rubbish, the nest will never be used again by wasps even if treatment was not carried out.
You need to have the nest removed to stop wasps returning. No you dont, if the nest is treated and left in place all returning wasps will die. If you remove a nest the returning wasps are likely to build another, but only an outer shell.
You are persuaded that old nests are still active and need to be removed. Not true as wasp nests are only ever used for one year.
The nest is in the ground or border. This does not require any special treatment and is easy to sort.
The more you pay the better the job, and anyone that charges a low price is not doing the job correctly. This is not true a lot of companies do not want to overcharge for a job they do every day, and have no desire to charge more than a fair price. After all you would not pay a mechanic more because he needs to use a larger spanner.
The excuse to increase the price is often that the term "FROM" is used when quoting a price as the definitive price cannot be given until the technician arrives at the address. They should be able to give all explanations over the phone as to why there maybe a price increase if they trade with a "FROM" price.
You have a big house and so you can afford to pay more. This is why we never ever ask for the address until all information and the price is given to you, a lot of companies ask for the address or postcode before giving a price, so they can increase the price.
PLUS NUMEROUS MORE EXCUSES
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