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2012 Brings Big Change in How Pest Control Service is Performed


Dear Pest Control Customers,


*whether you’re my customer or another companies – it affects you all.


We want to introduce new changes that are being put into effect at this time by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that will introduce change in the scope of services performed by all professional pest control service operators on a national level.


On June 4, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notification via letter to all pyrethroid registrants requesting changes to Environmental Hazard and General Labeling for Pyrethroid Non-Agricultural Outdoor Products. The letter expressed EPA’s intent to lessen the potential for insecticide drift and runoff and call more attention to environmental stewardship of pyrethroid products. This is a national initiative applicable to all pyrethroid products labeled for nonagricultural outdoor uses.


These new labeling requirements improve the product stewardship measures for all non-agricultural outdoor pyrethroid products and is targeted at avoiding water contamination (due to runoff and drift ) and should be expressed as such. Fast Forward, 2012 – now is the time of implementation, and the Label changes are beginning to happen as new product is manufactured and received by the professional pest control companies for use with the NEW Label requirements. For us, the professional pest control operators, you must know, “THE LABEL IS THE LAW” – and it’s a Federal Law.


What does this mean to you, the customer. Well first of all, you should know that a majority of the products available to professional pest control operators are the “Pyrethroid” products mentioned. This means that all pest control operators must comply with the new label changes. This is not a bad thing per se, as it is important to lessen the potential for insecticide drift and runoff, however it is important for our customers to realize that treatment methods, once the standard, such as power spraying entire yards, sides of homes, etc… will no longer be the standard. Many professional companies are working diligently to revamp their scope of service to make sure your homes will be protected from pests, but service as usual will more than likely be different than what you’ve experienced in the past.


For the old timers that insist on seeing their properties sprayed heavily for the sake of preventing future infestations, you must be aware that your pest control operator no longer can legally apply pyrethroid insecticides in this manner. I want to put this message out to you, so when you see your pest control operator doing business differently, you understand he/she isn’t doing less, in fact he/she will probably be doing more for you in order to keep you pest free, he/she just won’t be drenching your property as he/she always had in the past. In fact, these are some of the new Label directions for use and the restrictions that he/she will have to comply with:


All outdoor applications must be limited to spot or crack-and-crevice treatments only, except for the following permitted uses:
  1. Treatment to soil or vegetation around structures;
  2. Applications to lawns, turf, and other vegetation;
  3. Applications to building foundations, up to a maximum height of 3 feet.


Other than applications to building foundations, all outdoor applications to impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches and structural surfaces (such as windows, doors, and eaves) are limited to spot and crack-and-crevice applications, only.


At FireFly Enlightened Pest Solutions, we have known these changes were coming for some time and that is why we the leader in the industry in IPM – Integrated Pest Management. Many have heard of IPM, but few actually understand the benefits of using a scope of service that is designed to reduce the use of pesticides as a first course of doing business, while still offering effective control of pests. With an IPM program, you receive an inspection to your property which will reveal potential pest problems and conditions conducive to becoming infested with a pest problem. Then any areas revealed that need sealing or screening will be excluded. Other factors such as tree limbs, bushes and shrubs touching or too close to the structure will be identified, and hopefully corrected by either the customer or the company. Also, moisture conditions are a major cause of insect infestation, especially in the west Oregon Coast area where water is so prevalent and it is important to not only identify but remedy excessive moisture around a property. And when it comes to applying a pest control product, we have been doing Crack and Crevice application as a main method for over a decade, including the use of the least toxic materials for the particular pest in question. As far as prevention, products such as baits for ants and crawling insects can be applied, monitor traps can be set, and all the above mentioned exclusion will reduce the chance for pest infestation.


There are other classifications of pest control materials available, and much effort to study these materials and introduce them where necessary will be done in order to create a balance where the customers can live comfortably in their homes and still remain pest free while still doing their part to reduce the potential environmental risks associated with their use.


We have worked extensively on our Scope of Service for years now, and will be little affected by the new changes as we already conform to the new label requirements that are being introduced on every new batch of insecticides being sold today.


FireFly Enlightened Pest Solutions is all about keeping pests out, won’t you call us today to begin service with your local pest control company already leading the way in a balanced pest management program. Let us bring you Peace of Mind, and allow us to protect you, your family, pets and the environment from all that craws, creeps, gnaws, bites and stings.


CALL 541-994-8500 to start your new pest control service.