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Old 11-12-2009, 12:36 PM
 
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I got the same letter! The reason I knew they were a scam is because the previous seller was a very conscientious lady and she provided us with all the vendors she has been using for various services such as landscaping, boiler/heater, etc. I ended up using the same landscape company as she did, and when I showed the letter to them, they were like, yeah, we know, it's a way to try to get business
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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I realize this is an older post, but my wife and I just bought a house and have had the same problem. We figured it was because the old owner didn't tell anyone with whom he had service contracts that he was moving, as this has happened before with other things. What actually happened with us was we got a postcard in the mailbox the other day, and it said we are coming for the scheduled service. We called, left a message explaining we just bought the house, don't come, that guy moved. The next day we get a yellow looseleaf letter (discussing our previous conversations - we hadn't had any). It was in an envelope with my wife's name on it (after she mentioned it in the message we left) with no return address. I called the company again, told them we weren't interested, and then took the extra step of sending a written notice that we weren't interested. I could see this company coming and doing something and then billing us.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Huntington
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The only reason we had our trees sprayed in the spring with dormant oil and then a true insecticide is we had a massive amount of scrub oaks that were infested yearly with inch worms, and walking in our yard without being draped in webs was impossible. Plus the worms munched on the leaves until the leaves were almost gone. Particularly at night when it was quiet you could actually hear the faint munching sound.

Once a tree is defoliated to the point where the tree sends out another set of leaves, that tree will only live for another few years. That second set of leaves weakens the tree very badly.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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I realize this is an older post, but my wife and I just bought a house and have had the same problem. We figured it was because the old owner didn't tell anyone with whom he had service contracts that he was moving, as this has happened before with other things. What actually happened with us was we got a postcard in the mailbox the other day, and it said we are coming for the scheduled service. We called, left a message explaining we just bought the house, don't come, that guy moved. The next day we get a yellow looseleaf letter (discussing our previous conversations - we hadn't had any). It was in an envelope with my wife's name on it (after she mentioned it in the message we left) with no return address. I called the company again, told them we weren't interested, and then took the extra step of sending a written notice that we weren't interested. I could see this company coming and doing something and then billing us.
For your info, they cannot bill you. If they are spraying at all, they need to have a written contract with your name, their business name, their dec certification for the sprayers and the business reg on it, the price of the spray, the name of the application and the pesticide used and the target pest. You did the correct thing by calling them ; just write down the time and date of the call.
I hate to say this, but you can call the company into the dec as a complaint and they have to investigate it.
As a person with a spray company, I take our business seriously and would never ever come to someones house if they cancelled ; its bad business.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:24 PM
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For your info, they cannot bill you. If they are spraying at all, they need to have a written contract with your name, their business name, their dec certification for the sprayers and the business reg on it, the price of the spray, the name of the application and the pesticide used and the target pest.
I agree. They can't just 'blindly' bill new homeowners.
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