Now that the clean-up process from Hurricane Laura has begun in earnest Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., reminds residents to hire only professional-licensed arborists to perform work on storm-damaged trees.
“Anyone doing tree work in Louisiana is required to obtain a license through the LDAF,” Strain said. “Hiring only licensed-professional arborists protects you, the homeowner, since licensed arborists are not only trained to properly execute tree work, but they must also maintain liability insurance.
I also urge you to get a written estimate and, while you may be required to pay a reasonable deposit, you should never pay for the job in full up front, ” continued Strain. “Following hurricanes, we see an increased number of people going door-to-door offering tree services. Always ask to see their license and a current copy of the arborist’s liability insurance certificate.”
According to the Louisiana horticulture law: No person shall receive fees, advertise or solicit business in a regulated profession or occupation unless this person holds the appropriate license or permit, or has a regular employee who holds the appropriate license or permit, or is employed by a person who holds the appropriate license or permit. In addition, all licensees are required to place their license numbers on all business-related vehicles that have advertisements on them.