||11-21-2011 07:01 AM
Should my exterminator clean up the rat poops in my crawl space?
I bought this house knowing it had rat infestation. (there is very limited inventory here, even after all the housing bad news, still have bidding wars, I am glad that I won this house out of the 8 bids after just 2 days of listing.)
I hired a exterminator to take care of the rats. Before I hired him, I verbally communicated with him and he said he would remove all the rat droppings. It's a 1400-sq-ft ranch house and I paid him $900 for the job. All he did was to seal all the entry point of the house and set like 10 traps. His traps didn't get any rats but two of my electrical traps got one.:whistling2: So then he got all his traps and gone. I called him to remove the rat poops and he said he was not supposed to do that. He could guarantee me no rats for 1 year but he does not remove rat poops. I look into the contract and it did not mention the removal poops part. :furious:
So what can I do? Removal of the rat poops was a major motivation for me to spend $900 on a professional. Or else, I have read enough literature about rats to do the sealing and trapping. (actually, this guy only put the trap around the entry point to the crawl space and the attic, he didn't even go in there to find the rat path to set traps and hence the reason why he didn't got any rat while I got two rats).
So what should I do? Now it's his words against mine. There is no paper trail saying that he will do the poop removal.