If you have termites in your garden or home, then you'll have called out a few termite extermination companies. They may all have proposed similar extermination treatments, and they may all be quoting around the same price.
If you aren't sure which company to use, then you have to dig a little deeper. All of the companies you've talked to offer warranties. What do these warranties really mean and can they help you shortlist a company?
What Is a Termite Warranty?
Pest controllers can offer a couple of different types of warranty. Both come into play once the company has got rid of your termites. So, a company might offer a manufacturer warranty or a warranty of their own.
A manufacturer warranty is managed by the company that made the pest control treatment. You get this warranty in the form of a certificate after the termites have been exterminated. This covers you for future damage or infestation for a set period of time.
Some pest control companies have their own warranty systems. These tend to be a guarantee of work rather than of just the product used to get rid of your termites.
So, for example, a company might commit to free treatments if you have new termite problems after they have exterminated your current nest. Again, these warranties are usually time-limited.
When Is a Termite Warranty Worth Having?
The best kind of termite warranty gives you blanket coverage at no extra cost. Warranties usually work this way for around 12 months.
So, for example, if your pest controller has their own warranty, they may commit to coming back to treat termites or associated damage free of charge if this happens within a certain date. This is a good level of protection to have.
However, you should also look at exclusions in the warranty document. If your pest controller recommends that you take certain steps to prevent future termite problems and makes these steps part of the warranty conditions, then your warranty may be invalid if you don't do the work.
In some cases, longer warranties — whether you get one from a manufacturer or a pest controller —may only be valid if you have regular termite inspections in the future. If you do this, the warranty may also be extended in some cases. However, you'll have to pay for the inspections.
If your pest controllers offer warranties, ask them what they do and don't cover. This may help you choose the right company for the job.