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How to make sure your pest control is doing the job right

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As that warm weather crawls in so do the bugs.  You might want to get your house sprayed but if it's not done right it could cost you everything.

The NC Department of Agriculture released a list naming a slew of pest control companies paying settlements for inadequate service or violations.  One of those companies in Greenville - Clegg's Termite & Pest Control – paid $1,500 after an employee applied pesticide at a rate several times the recommended amount, inside a home.

That homeowner says the excess pesticide damaged his house.

So what are the signs something is wrong?

The Dep.. Director of the Structural Pest Control Division, John Dalley, says to look out for a strong odor that doesn't dissipate quickly or a residue that lingers for days.  In the end, he says it's hard to tell without talking a sample to a lab.

To do that, you can submit a complaint to his department by calling 1-919-733-6100.

"We will investigate their complaint and if we find that the company violated any of the label of the products we use or if they violated any of the structural pest control laws and regulations, we will take regulatory actions against that company," said Dalley.

The state inspects pest companies once a year including visiting homes recently done by the companies to make sure all the guidelines are being followed.  Dalley says the department will investigate your complaint at no charge to you.

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