Sprague Pest Solutions was in Washington, D.C. this week to encourage support for two important bills impacting our industry and the communities we serve. Company owners Alfred H. Treleven III and Lawrence R. Treleven met with Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington State to discuss H.R. 872 and H.R. 967.
H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, is a bipartisan bill to reduce the regulatory burdens posed by the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009). Under the court ruling, pesticide users, which include farmers, ranchers, forest managers, state agencies, city and county municipalities, mosquito control districts, and water districts, among others would have to obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the use of pesticides. Pesticide applications are already highly regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The legislation would amend FIFRA and the CWA to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a NPDES permit for the use of FIFRA-registered pesticides.
H.R. 967, the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011, was introduced in response to the dramatic resurgence of bed bugs in the United States in recent years and aims to find ways to help Americans cope with this pest.
Specifically, the bill authorizes a federal bed bug research funding program to resume research that has been neglected for 50 years; requires efficacy testing for minimum risk pesticides to protect consumers from products that don’t effectively manage bed bug infestations; adds criteria the EPA must consider for the registration of a public health pesticide so as to help provide professionals and consumers more safe, affordable and effective tools; and establishes a Bed Bug Prevention and Mitigation Pilot Program to provide subsidized treatments for those on fixed and lower incomes.
The Trelevens joined pest management professionals from throughout the country to educate legislators about the importance of supporting these house bills.
The chilly temperatures outside are creating an indoor problem for a lot of people.
Cold weather sends mice and rats heading for the heat and food they can find in your house.
You can spend hundreds of dollars trying to rid your home of the nasty rodents, and based on the latest survey by Consumers' CHECKBOOK magazine, some people around here are spending way more than they need to.
"We found big differences in quality, we find some firms that are rated superior by 90, 95 percent of their customers very high ratings. Some, it's down in the 50 , 60 percent range," explained Consumers' CHECKBOOK President Robert Krughoff.
CHECKBOOK rated 43 local pest control services for both quality and price.
"We found prices ranging from less than 200 dollars to more than 400 dollars for exactly the same job," Krughoff said.
Some companies get top marks for quality. Some get top rating for price. But only four get top ratings for both: AARD Pest Control in Lynnwood, 4 Seasons Pest Control in Seattle, Regiment Pest Control in Woodinville and Sprague Pest Solutions in Tacoma.
If you live near a wooded area, green belt, or water source, have bird feeders or dogs that spend time outdoors, experts say check the foundation of your home for holes or cracks.
Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel.
Check your down spouts and bird blocks around the roof. Check your attic and crawl spaces for signs of uninvited guests.
In many cases, you can solve the problem on your own by removing all nests droppings, safely placing traps or rodent poison and blocking the point of access.
If you need professional help, be sure to do your homework, get at least two quotes. And avoid high-pressure sales pitches for long-term treatment contracts.
Consumers' CHECKBOOK is a subscriber-based, nonprofit rating service with publications twice a year. As a special courtesy to KOMO News readers, the link to the full CHECKBOOK ratings
on local pest control services will be available for free until Friday, March 4, 2011. Just click on the link inside the red rectangle at the top of the page and enter an e-mail address.
Last year saw an unprecedented spike in the resurgence of bed bugs, with one in five Americans reporting they have had an infestation or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel, according to a survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
In response, the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Apartment Association, the Association of College and University Housing Officers International, and the U.S. EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program to deliver a series of workshops across the country to educate property and facility managers on how they can effectively respond to the threat of bed bugs.
From identifying bed bugs to inspection techniques to public relations issues and legal ramifications, NPMA has gathered nationally-recognized experts to provide management tips, both preventative and corrective, to help these groups make informed decisions and stay out of the newspaper - and the courtroom.
The Sprague Pest Solutions team will be on-hand to answer questions about bed bugs, treatments and canine inspection services.
For Event Details and Registration http://www.npmapestworld.org/events/bedbugworkshop.cfm.
Date: April, 29, 2011
Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
In its continuing effort to offer education and guidance as pest management professionals develop their response to the bed bug pandemic, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released its Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, offering guidelines to help PMPs control bed bugs effectively, responsibly, and safely.
Created by the NPMA Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force, a broad-based stakeholder group whose goal is the development of an industry-wide, multi-faceted response to the bed bug pandemic, the Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs provide guidance in the areas of service agreements, recordkeeping, technician and sales staff training, client education, disposal of beds, furniture, possessions, bed bug detection, treatment methods, and health and safety concerns.
"Because there are multiple products, methods and technologies that may be employed as part of a successful bed bug treatment plan, it is important that pest management professionals are aware of the myriad factors that should be considered when determining which products or methods are the best option to control a given bed bug infestation," stated NPMA Executive Vice President Rob Lederer. "The NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs provide PMPs the tools they need to ensure they are treating this elusive pest effectively, responsibly, and safely."
In addition to providing these best management practices to industry professionals, NPMA will encourage consumers to seek use of the BMPs in working with PMPs. NPMA members can direct their customers to learn more about the new guidance document at www.BedBugBMPs.org. Additionally, they will be posted on www.pestworld.org.
To download the NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, please visit www.npmapestworld.org/publicpolicy/BedBugs.cfm, and click on "NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs."
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