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NCDA&CS announces structural pest control settlements

The N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee recently approved settlement agreements for cases in Forsyth, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Moore counties.

Following are the agreements:

Gary W. Elliott, owner of Gary W. Elliott Construction in Winston-Salem, agreed to pay $1,500 for performing structural pest control work without a license when he treated a property for powderpost beetles.

Richard D. Simmons, a structural pest control license holder with House Master in Denver, agreed to pay $700 for altering a wood-destroying-insect report by adding three paragraphs to a report done by an employee operating under his license. Structural pest control law states that the reports cannot be altered in any way.

Preston P. Sandlin, a structural pest control license holder with Home Inspection Carolina in Charlotte, agreed to pay $2,000 for inaccurate and incomplete wood-destroying insect reports and failing to supervise work done under his license. Most notably, a report from Home Inspection Carolina failed to note evidence of termites and of past termite treatments done to a property.

Robby Dee Cooke, an employee of Aberdeen Exterminating, agreed to pay $1,200 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Cooke mistakenly sprayed grape vines on an adjacent property when making a mosquito control application. The label for the product states not to apply to edible growing crops or stored raw agricultural commodities used for food or feed.

In a related settlement, James A. Parker, a registered structural pest control license holder for Aberdeen Exterminating, agreed to pay $600 for failure to supervise structural control work being done under his license. Cooke was an applicator performing work under Parker’s license.


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, 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

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