NC Structural Pest Control Committee announces settlements
The N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee recently approved settlement agreements for cases in Forsyth, Lincoln, Pender, Randolph and Wake counties:
The committee approved the following:
Michael Howard of B&G Exterminating Co. in Winston-Salem agreed to pay $1,200 for filing an inaccurate and incomplete wood-destroying-insect report; failure to record a moisture level of greater than 20 percent before performing an application for the control of wood-decay fungi; failure to trench the soil in the crawl space and to drill and treat slabs adjacent to the foundation walls; and for not providing an explanation of items waivered on the Waiver Form.
Gary H. Ward of Bugg Busters in Lincolnton agreed to pay $800 for allowing his liability insurance to expire. Ward’s insurance expired on Aug. 26, 2013, and was not renewed until Sept. 30, 2013. Bugg Busters performed 501 household pest control services and 39 wood-destroying-organism services during the lapse in renewal of his liability insurance.
Jorge Rivero, president of El Club Mexicano in Asheboro, agreed to pay $10,000 for the misuse of Raid Concentrated Deep Reach Fogger, TAT Concentrated Fogger and fumigant Fumiteco 56 and for not being a certified or licensed pesticide applicator. All three pesticides were released in a food packaging facility after work. The building reopened three days later and workers became ill when they entered the building. The Raid and TAT foggers are not labeled for use in commercial food/feed establishments. Fumiteco 56 (aluminum phosphide) can only be use by a certified or licensed applicator.
Ansley Sherlock of Hampstead agreed to pay $400 for improper storage of pesticides. Sherlock was working as a technician performing structural pest control under Jason Burkhart’s structural pest control license. Sherlock stored Contrac All-Weather Blox, First Strike Soft Bait and Borid Insecticide outside. The label for these pesticides states to store them in a cool, dry place inaccessible to children and pets.
In a related settlement, Jason Burkhart of Cary, who held a structural pest control license under his business Trutech in Charlotte, agreed to pay $2,000 for several violations. These included failure to provide an employee with 24 hours of training before he mixed and applied pesticides; failure to obtain registered technician cards within 75 days for three employees; failure to make available all required structural pest records during regular business hours at the Charlotte office; failure to submit the names of recently hired employees to the Structural Pest Control Section; and for the failure of a technician to have a copy of the label for each pesticide being used, failing to maintain adequate spill control on his service vehicle and failure to mark rodent bait with the signal word, such as danger, warning or caution, from the label.