To ensure that all pest management work is carried out in accordance with industry codes of practice and regulations and with due attention to consumers, employees and the environment.
Contract Terms & Conditions
1. THE CUSTOMER
THE CUSTOMER means the customer as specified at the top of the Service Agreement.
THE CUSTOMER will make payments to Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd as agreed in the Service Agreement. Prompt payment is a condition of the agreement.
3. Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd Obligations - Pest Control Service
4. THE CUSTOMER’S obligations - Pest Control Service
5. Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd obligations - Fly Control Units
THE CUSTOMER will receive four visits per year to inspect, clean and test the unit(s).
6. THE CUSTOMERS obligations - Fly Control Units
When a maintenance contract exists, THE CUSTOMER must take reasonable care of the unit(s) installed in the premises: Damage over and above the normal wear and tear will result in a charge being levied.
Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd does not accept any liability for loss, damage or injury to any domestic animals, livestock, birds, goods or equipment unless the loss, damage or injury was occasioned by negligence of themselves or their staff. Notice of such loss, damage or injury must be notified in writing to Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd within 7 (seven) days of occurrence.
This contract may be terminated by Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd forthwith if THE CUSTOMER is in breach of any of his/her obligations under this contract or (being a Company) goes into liquidation or if THE CUSTOMER shall commit an Act of Bankruptcy or have any receiving order made against him/her or shall make any arrangement with his/her creditors or any assignment for the benefit of such creditors or if distress or execution shall be levied or threatened upon any of THE CUSTOMER’S property or any judgement against THE CUSTOMER shall remain unsatisfied for more than 14 (fourteen) days. THE CUSTOMER may only assign the burden of this contract with the written consent of Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd.
The service agreement is binding for 1 (one) year from the start date and shall continue unless terminated at the end of the first year or any subsequent invoicing quarter subject to 1 (one) quarter’s prior notice in writing. THE CUSTOMER will be liable to half (50%) of the premiums that would become due up to the end of the contract period plus any premiums overdue up to the date of cancellation.
9. THE CONDITIONS
The conditions 1 to 8 above, together with the entire agreement between Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd and THE CUSTOMER, any other alleged terms being expressly excluded.
PEST CONTROL TREATMENTS
STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
DOMESTIC PEST CONTROL TREATMENTS STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the terms and conditions on which we supply pest treatments (the Service) listed on our website www.blackbeetle.africa (our site) to you. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before ordering any Services from our site. You should understand that by ordering any of our Services, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
You should print a copy of these terms and conditions for future reference.
If you are booking the Service online, please click on the button marked "I Accept" at the end of these terms and conditions if you accept them. Please understand that if you refuse to accept these terms and conditions, you will not be able to order any Services from our site.
2. Your status
3. How the contract is formed between you and us
After placing an order, you will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging that we have received your order. Please note that this does not mean that your order has been accepted.
4. Price and payment
5. Cancellations and refunds
5.1 Subject to clause 5.2, if you give us at least 24 hours' notice that you wish to change or cancel your appointment, we will refund you in full. If you give us less than 24 hours' notice that you wish to change or cancel your appointment, you will be charged 50% excluding VAT (whether you have paid in advance or not) to cover our costs of the booking plus a reasonable administrative fee.
5.4 Details of your statutory right of cancellation, and an explanation of how to exercise it, are provided in the Confirmation. This provision does not affect your other statutory rights as a consumer. We will use reasonable endeavours to meet all agreed appointments, but in the rare circumstances where this is not possible, we will contact you as soon as possible to agree an alternative appointment. Examples of reasons where a cancellation may be necessary include (without limitation):
5.4.1 if the technician was running late as held up by previous complicated treatments;
5.4.2 adverse weather conditions (as we cannot treat effectively in the rain);
5.4.3 sudden operative sickness; or
5.4.4 vehicle accident or local traffic difficulties encountered.
5.5 If we fail to turn up for your appointment slot and do not contact you on the contact number(s) provided before the expiry of this slot, we will treat this as our service delivery fault and you will be able to choose whether to:
5.5.1 arrange an alternative slot and receive a 10% discount; or
5.5.2 cancel our Service and obtain a full refund of any pre-paid fees.
5.6 We will usually refund any money received from you using the same method originally used by you to pay for your purchase.
5.7 If you are not present when we arrive on site, provided that this is within the agreed appointment slot, we shall treat the Contract as cancelled by you under clause 5.1, unless we have agreed in advance that you do not need to be present at that time.
5.8 If we have legitimate concerns over the safety of the treatment, where the husbandry is such that the treatment could be compromised or where we believe our safety rules may not be adhered to (and such decision shall be at our absolute discretion), then we shall treat the Contract as cancelled by us. There will be no charge for our visit and if any amount has been paid in advance, we shall refund it in full. Reasons for non-treatment include (without limitation):
5.8.1 risk to aquatic life from contamination by application of insecticides;
5.8.2 un-boarded lofts which are deemed unsafe to negotiate;
5.8.3 uncovered water tanks near the habitat;
5.8.4 habitat located in chimney;
5.8.5 habitat entrance located on high roofs with no loft access that require multi stage ladders;
5.8.6 sites which cannot be safely treated by our technician, such as power lines close by or above a conservatory; or
5.8.7 any other legitimate relevant health and safety restriction.
5.9 We reserve the right to withdraw from any treatment we have started where we have concerns that continuing any treatment may not be safe, that customers have not adhered to our conditions or requirements or where customers have interfered with or moved our poisons or bait. In such cases non refund will be provided.
6. Your obligations
6.1 You hereby permit us to apply approved pesticides and or deploy equipment as we deem necessary, to deliver an effective treatment, subject to our compliance with all legal requirements.
6.2 You agree to provide us with free access to all parts of the premises for the purpose of inspection, treatment or surveillance and agree to ensure that all safety and treatment instructions are followed during and post treatment.
6.3 You hereby covenant not to request or permit us to access any part of the site or premises which you know or suspect to be hazardous, or in which a potentially hazardous process is carried out, without first briefing us or our employee on the nature of the hazard and the precautions to be observed.
6.4 You or your nominated representative must be available at the site during the agreed date and time slot, unless prior arrangements have been made in advance for us to carry out the Service in your absence. If no one is present when we call at the agreed slot there is no entitlement to a refund and you will still be liable for our contracted fee.
7. Our obligations
7.1 Subject to paragraph 1 of the relevant Schedule, our Service is to attend your site or property, inspect the relevant area and treat the active habitat of the Relevant Pests you have identified. We will aim to either eradicate the pests or control them, depending on the type of pest, location and safety issues.
7.2 On arrival at your premises, we will identify ourselves to you, and will not commence any work without your consent. Where the premises consist of land or buildings which are unoccupied but are owned by you or under your stewardship, and which have free access, you hereby give us permission to enter onto the premises on arrival and to carry out the Service.
7.3 Critical safety data information advising of the materials used and any precautions that are required can be obtained from our company web site www.blackbeetle.africa.
8.1 We warrant to you that our treatment aims to eradicate the Relevant Pests subject to critical safety and access factors, all the products we use conform to all Statutory Requirements, Codes of Practice, and accepted Good Practice for pest control work, and the Service will be provided using reasonable care and skill.
9. LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY - PLEASE READ:
9.1 Subject to clause 9.4, if we fail to comply with these terms and conditions, we shall only be liable to you for the price paid (if any) for the Service.
9.2 Subject to clause 9.4, we will not be liable for consequential or indirect loss or damage caused from the treatment (or omission to treat the habitat), damage caused by the Relevant Pests, or losses that result from our failure to comply with these terms and conditions that fall into the following categories: loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of opportunity, loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings loss of data or waste of management or office time. However, this clause 9.2 will not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property that is foreseeable and due to our negligence.
9.3 If we believe that it would be unsafe to carry out the treatment, in accordance with clause 5.8 or clause 5.9, we shall not be liable for any consequential loss, whether direct or indirect, including the costs of paying an alternative contractor.
9.4 Nothing in these conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other matter for which it would be illegal for us to exclude or attempt to exclude our liability.
10.1 Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd is the data controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act.
10.3 Please address any questions, comments and requests regarding our data processing practices to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
11.1 We aim to provide an excellent service to everyone, but we understand that we do not always get things right. If you have a concern or complaint, please raise this with a customer services agent by calling +27 (0)82 367 9080.
11.2 If you are unsatisfied with the response or do not feel that an adequate solution has been obtained, please e-mail email@example.com. It would be useful if you set out full details of how you feel we have failed to deliver the services to a satisfactory standard or failed to meet your expectations. Your concerns will then be investigated and the outcome of the investigation will be explained to you by telephone, where feasible within 10 working days of receipt of the complaint.
11.3 In the event that you do not believe that the outcome is satisfactory, please ask for it to be referred to a director.
11.5 A full copy of our Complaints Procedure is available on request.
12. Written communications
Applicable laws require that some of the information or communications we send to you should be in writing. When using our site, you accept that communication with us will be mainly electronic. We will contact you by e-mail or provide you with information by posting notices on our website. For contractual purposes, you agree to this electronic means of communication and you acknowledge that all contracts, notices, information and other communications that we provide to you electronically comply with any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.
All notices given by you to us must be sent to Black Beetle Eco Pest Solutions Pty Ltd or firstname.lastname@example.org. We may give notice to you at either the e-mail or postal address you provide to us when placing an order, or in any of the ways specified in clause 12 above. Notice will be deemed received and properly served immediately when posted on our website, 24 hours after an e-mail is sent, or three days after the date of posting of any letter. In proving the service of any notice, it will be sufficient to prove, in the case of a letter, that such letter was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post and, in the case of an e-mail, that such e-mail was sent to the specified e-mail address of the addressee.
14. Transfer of rights and obligations
The contract between you and us is binding on you and us and on our respective successors and assignees. You may not transfer, assign, charge or otherwise dispose of a Contract, or any of your rights or obligations arising under it, without our prior written consent. We may transfer, assign, charge, sub-contract or otherwise dispose of a Contract, or any of our rights or obligations arising under it, at any time during the term of the Contract.
If we fail, at any time during the term of a Contract, to insist upon strict performance of any of your obligations under the Contract or any of these terms and conditions, or if we fail to exercise any of the rights or remedies to which we are entitled under the Contract, this will not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and will not relieve you from compliance with such obligations. A waiver by us of any default will not constitute a waiver of any subsequent default. No waiver by us of any of these terms and conditions will be effective unless it is expressly stated to be a waiver and is communicated to you in writing in accordance with clause 13 above.
If any of these terms and Conditions or any provisions of a Contract are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.
17. Entire agreement
17.1 These terms and conditions and any document expressly referred to in them constitute the whole agreement between us and supersede all previous discussions, correspondence, negotiations, previous arrangement, understanding or agreement between us relating to the subject matter of any Contract.
17.2 We each acknowledge that, in entering into a Contract, neither of us relies on, or will have any remedies in respect of, any representation or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in these terms and conditions or the documents referred to in them. Each of us agrees that our only liability in respect of those representations and warranties that are set out in this Agreement will be for breach of contract.
17.3 Nothing in this clause limits or excludes any liability for fraud.
18. Our right to vary these terms and conditions
We have the right to revise and amend these terms and conditions from time to time. You will be subject to the policies and terms and conditions in force at the time that you order Services from us, unless any change to those policies or these terms and conditions is required to be made by law or governmental authority, or if we notify you of the change to those policies or these terms and conditions before we send you the Confirmation (in which case we have the right to assume that you have accepted the change to the terms and conditions, unless you notify us to the contrary within seven working days of receipt by you of the Services).
19. Law and jurisdiction
Contracts for the purchase of the Service through our site and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) will be governed by South African law. Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with such Contracts or their formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South Africa.
Schedule 1: Terms Specific to Insect Spray Treatments
4. On arrival at the premises, we shall determine, at our absolute discretion, whether the premises has been sufficiently prepared in accordance with in paragraph 3 above.
5. You must advise us on arrival and before any treatment is commenced if there is any reason why the property cannot be sprayed with an approved insecticide.
6. The insecticide may damage furniture or personal possessions.
7. LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY - PLEASE READ:
By reading these conditions, you acknowledge that, subject to clause 9.4, we do not accept any liability for any loss or damage caused as a result of the use of insecticide.
8. You must leave the property during treatment and remain outside sprayed areas for at least 4 hours to enable the applied insecticide to dry and to avoid inhalation of any mist. If you re-enter the premises within this time, the treatment will be compromised and we shall be entitled to exclude clause 4.3.
9. After the treatment has been carried out and the 4 hour period has passed, you must continue to use the treated areas as you did before for at least 14 days afterwards. This is to provide a natural environment for the insects to feed on, and therefore use, the treated area.
10. You must not vacuum or wash down any non food preparation surfaces for a period to two weeks after the treatment was carried out.
11. We reserve the right to decline to carry out the treatment if we believe that it may be unsafe to access or treat the area.
12. No re-call as referred to in clause 4.3 shall be undertaken within the first two weeks after the treatment is carried out.
13. We do not except liability for the spread of an infestation within a building. Nor do we except loss of fees from landlord, tenants etc.
Schedule 2: Terms Specific to Clusterfly Treatments
Schedule 3: Terms Specific to Cockroach Treatments.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, you must not move or touch any gel bait or monitor traps.
We shall use reasonable endeavours to eliminate the cockroaches but if this is not achievable with the two pre-paid visits, we shall seek to control them instead. For example, if the core infestation is emanating from another property (including another flat within the same building), we will seek to control the cockroaches as we will be unable to eliminate them.
Schedule 4: Terms Specific to Rodent Treatments
and you acknowledge that if you fail to comply with any of these requirements, we shall be entitled to stop the treatment, as it will be compromised, and you will still be charged.
7. Where there is evidence of infestations emanating from private or public sewers or from breaches in soil drains we may require you to obtain specialised inspections or works. We cannot inspect or treat utility company sewers.
8. We will inspect the infected areas and we will treat it if, in our reasonable opinion, it is necessary, practical and safe to do so by installing appropriate traps.
9. The Service does not include the removal of any dead rodent carcases and we shall not accept any liability for not doing so.
10. We will not create openings or interfere with the structure of your property when treating it is your responsibility to ensure we have suitable access to areas where treatment is required.
11. We may mention a few ways to help reduce the risk of the pests coming back, for which there shall be no additional fee. However, this is not included within the price, we shall not be under any obligation to provide such advice and we shall not accept any responsibility for any such advice we give.
12. We are legally obliged to remove all rodenticides laid at your property when our treatment ends for whatever reason. You shall ensure that we have free access to do this.
13. The domestic service is to treat a single domestic property in single family occupancy and where mice and rats are encountered the appropriate fee for each species will be required.
Schedule 5: Terms Specific to Wasps Nest Treatments
8. ULV FOGGING
Our service is liquid based atomised particles. The size of these particles allows them to infiltrate most areas of your building. The effectiveness of the treatment is based on this action and is therefore unavoidable.
As a result of liquid being atomised please make sure computers and electronic equipment is temporarily removed or covered.
Untreated wood, metal and wall surfaces, wallpaper, ceiling boards may absorb moisture.
Our service is not liable for damage caused due to moisture as this is, the nature of the process. If there is a concern regarding this, please ensure that any surfaces that may be in question are immediately wiped down withing 15-20 mins of application to avoid any damage. We will not be held liable for electrical or electronic equipment failure due to moisture. Equipment that is sensitive should be removed or covered during the application.