FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009
||Ned Dillon, deputy director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
Structural Pest Control Committee approves settlement agreements
RALEIGH – The following settlement agreements were approved recently by the N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee.
- James Gooch, of Terminix Co. of N.C. in Wilmington, agreed to pay $1,000 for improperly installing and maintaining a termite baiting system at the Colony Club in Wilmington. Bait stations were deteriorated, spaced at improper intervals and not monitored as required by the label.
- Larry G. Thompson, of Dodson Brothers Exterminating Co. in Wilmington, agreed to hold at least a one-hour training session in general fumigation for all Dodson managers and salesmen in N.C. This resulted from a Dodson’s employee failure to execute a written agreement as required prior to fumigating a residence in Wrightsville Beach. This training will be monitored by the Structural Pest Control Division.
- David Mark Baker, of Baker’s Bug Business in Fair Bluff, agreed to pay a $400 penalty for charging a homeowner for pesticide work that was never performed. The homeowner also received a refund.
- Frank Theim, of Boone, agreed to pay $1,000 for performing two rodent proofing jobs without first obtaining a p-phase structural pest control license. Theim also had “Blue Ridge Rodent Proofing” business cards printed up. It is against state law to advertise for, or perform, any structural pest control duties without proper licensing.
- Earl Kidwell, of Terminix Co. Inc. in Point Harbor, agreed to pay $400 for trying to sell unnecessary services to a homeowner after he told the residents the moisture level in the crawl space was 28 to 30 percent. He recommended they buy a $2,750 humidifier. An inspection by the N.C. Department of Consumer Services’ inspector found the moisture readings to be between 14 and 18 percent.
- Brian Heath, of Heath Pest Control in Kitty Hawk, agreed to pay $4,000 after he allowed his license to expire and he continued to practice. An investigation revealed he performed about 290 household pest control services without proper licensing.
- Timothy Grey Medlin, of Concord, agreed to pay $1,000 for performing a spot termite control treatment. Mr. Medlin was performing a home repair job when termites were noted. He purchased some termiticide and charged an additional $100 for the work. It is illegal to charge for structural pest control services without a license.
- Travis Huntsman, of Mantis Pest Control Inc. in Cornelius, agreed to pay $400 for failing to provide proper personal protective equipment required for employees to wear during pesticide applications. This stemmed from a complaint received from the N.C. Division of Public Health and Human Services.
- David Spillman, of GoForth Services Inc. in Rutherfordton, agreed to pay $500 for improperly installing and maintaining a termite baiting system as required by label directions.
- Carl Messer, who is employed by Tanzi Mobile Home Park in Charlotte, agreed to pay $400 for applying rodenticide pellets in areas that were accessible to children and pets, which is inconsistent with label directions. The rodenticide has since been cleaned up.
- Jason Winkler, of Moxie Pest Control in Monroe, agreed to pay $3,000 for performing nearly 400 termite and household pest control treatments with an expired license.
- Britton Olney, of Marshville, agreed to pay $1,000 for advertising under the name Tater Bug Pest Control, without first obtaining his structural pest control license. No work had been performed; however, an office and vehicles with the company name were observed.
- Matthew Mills, of Mills Exterminating in Southern Pines, agreed to pay $400 for performing 18 household pest control treatments while his license had expired.