Business owners and managers throughout Portland, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions understand that insects and rodents have the ability to damage stock, cause structural damage and will even tarnish a reputation earned by hard work. Bed bugs, flies and rats are frequently cited as commercial pests but with spring finally here, it is time to start thinking about protecting your facilities from annoying ants.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 46-8 in support of H.R. 872. Members voting against the measure were: Elijah Cummings (MD), Peter DeFazio (OR), Donna Edwards (MD), Bob Filner (CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Daniel Lipinski (IL), and Grace Napolitano (CA).
Bed Bug Research, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Top Items for Discussion
Sprague Pest Solutions was in Washington, D.C. last week to encourage support for H.R. 872.
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 amends FIFRA and the CWA to clarify Congressional intent and eliminates the requirement of a NPDES permit for the use of FIFRA-registered pesticides.
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.
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