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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2006


Contact: Ned Dillon, deputy director
Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
(919) 733-6100

Structural pest control agreements approved

RALEIGH - The N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee meeting in Raleigh, the following settlement agreements were approved:

  • Home Team Pest Defense of Raleigh agreed to extend the warranty for an additional year on 235 houses that were improperly treated in the Sandpiper subdivision in Ocean Isle Beach. The pretreatments either were not completed or lacked final treatments as required by state structural pest control laws. As part of the settlement, the warranties will provide for the retreatment and repair of any termite infestation and damage at no additional cost to the homeowner for the one-year period. Home Team Pest Defense will also inspect each home at no charge before the warranty goes into effect.

  • Brick J. Davis of Sawyer Exterminating Inc. of Burlington agreed to pay $400 for applying the pesticide Phantom to a local gym during business hours while customers were exercising. The label of the pesticide states that it is not to be applied in occupied rooms.

  • Donald E. Lee, owner of Pro-Tek Termite and Mold Remediation of Newton, agreed to pay $1,000 for conspiring with Daniel Ervin to charge a homeowner for a pest control treatment that was not completed correctly. The pair also told the homeowner that the moisture level in the crawlspace was too high and needed to be treated with wood preservative. Lee sold a 25-pound pail of the termiticide Tim-bor to Ervin, who does not have a structural pest control license.

  • In the same case, Ervin, owner of Carolina Crawlspace Specialist of Conover, agreed to pay $1,000 for conspiring with Lee to treat a home. Ervin does not have a registered technician's card, nor was he employed by Lee at the time of the treatment. The homeowners were reimbursed for the cost of the treatment.

  • Larry Ammons Jr. of Acme Pest Control Co. of Concord agreed to pay a total of $1,000 for two violations of state structural pest control law and attend at least three hours of training on pre-construction termite treatments. The first incident involved a pretreatment that was incorrectly applied in which Ammons falsified the treatment records given to the homeowner. In the second case, an inspector witnessed Ammons performing a pretreatment to a home in Sherrills Ford. The inspector noted a number of violations including failure to wear the required personal protective equipment, improper application of the termiticide and not enough termiticide onsite to do the job properly. In addition, Ammons filled out the pretreatment record before starting the job, and the pesticides on his work truck were incorrectly labeled. Acme Pest Control Co. corrected the deviations.

  • Abdul W. Pasha of Pasha Exterminating Service Inc. in Charlotte agreed to pay $800 for failure to correct a job after five inspections and a notice of warning. An inspection of a home treated by Pasha showed several deviations involving drilling and treating of slab areas. Pasha paid $400 after the fourth inspection was not corrected.

  • Donald W. Hamby Jr., owner of Don's Termite & Pest Control Inc. in Clemmons, denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $400 for issuing an incorrect Wood Destroying Insect Report and failure to properly treat a home for termites.

  • Michael Howard, owner of B&G Pest Control in Winston-Salem, agreed to pay $800 and attend an accredited training program for WDIR inspectors. Howard failed to properly supervise an employee working under his license who filed a wrong WDIR report and for filing a wrong WDIR himself. Howard was also found to have not properly maintained a termite agreement with a local church that had an active termite problem.

  • Leo G. Lamoureux, owner of Atlantic Termite Control Co. in Cherryville, agreed to pay $2,000 for issuing an inaccurate WDIR and improperly treating a home for termites.

  • John T. Williams, owner of JTW Exterminating in Raleigh, agreed to pay $2,000 for performing structural pest control work at a school without a valid structural pest control license. Williams' license expired in 1999 and he has not renewed it, but continued to advertise and work as a structural pest control operator.

  • David Carl Messer of M & M Pest Control in Bryson City agreed to have his license revoked and not apply for a license for five years after being convicted of felonies in Macon and Swain counties.

  • John R. Horton Jr. of Acme Pest Control in Concord agreed to pay $1,000 for failing to supervise a branch office of his company. The branch office was operating under a name other than Acme Pest Control. Written records were also being kept under the wrong name.

  • George Davis of W.K. Weeks Termite Service Inc. in Fayetteville agreed to pay $800 for improperly treating a home for active termites and not correcting the problem within 30 days as required by state law.

In other business, the committee welcomed a new board member, Samuel C. Smith of Pest Arresters in Morehead City, who takes the place of the late Wallace Ray of Ray Pest Control in Winston-Salem. Smith is an industry member appointed by the governor.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047