Referring back to a recent article in PCT Magazine, another trend seen in the last decade is the loss of chemistries.  Over the last 10 years the EPA removed two major classes of pesticides from the industry: the organophosphates and the carbamates. The pest control industry relied heavily on these chemical families. Without them we have to work harder; some insects have become tougher to eliminate due to resistance issues; some species are making a comeback; and new, hard-to-control pests are gaining a toe-hold.

Dr. Roger Gold, professor and endowed chair in urban and structural entomology at Texas A&M University, is quoted in this article as saying “loss of chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate, was particularly impactful. I wish we had it back for bed bugs and some other things.”

Before the EPA’s elimination of organophosphates and carbamates a pest control operator could often go into an account, treat it once, and be done with it. Today, a more comprehensive, labor intensive and, in most cases, costly approach is required. Especially when you consider that retreats and follow-ups have become more common.

Gene Harrington, director of government affairs at NPMA, was quoted in PCT’s article as saying “more recent EPA changes haven’t included any other cancellations but have produced the loss of use patterns. It’s all part of the ongoing reassessment of pesticides under the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. The biggest challenge right now for the industry is going to be availability of products after products are re-evaluated under the registration review process. That is likely to result in more restrictive labels than we’ve seen.”  A recent example is the EPA’s Rodenticide Risk Mitigation Decision (RMD) that took effect this past Saturday, June 4, 2011. Although the chemicals are still approved and available, considerable use restrictions apply.

On June 30th Bug Off Pest Control Center will be hosting the “Comprehensive Rodent Forum”. Among other things, we will be discussing the new EPA regulations. We hope you can join us. For this and more be sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages!

In the meantime, please share with us what products you really miss: Ficam, Diazinon, Dursban, Chlordane, DDT!!!

  1. Andrea Covarrubias says:

    NONE. Why would I like to kill myself and provoke cancer to the next generations? Let’s be toxic pesticide free. The use of biopesticides is safer and better results that toxic chemicals. Now let me ask you: You are a pest control company that now has to “re-treat”. Isn’t that better for your business? You have to follow up, re-treat, re-visit the client. That means more money for your company. Why you don’t like this new “procedure”?

    • The Center says:

      The goal of modern pest management is to solve pest problems while reducing negative impacts on humans and the environment. The product selected should be applied in a manner that limits exposure to humans and pets whether it’s botanical or synthetic. Since “natural” does not always mean “safe” and much less “better”, natural pesticides may not be less toxic than synthetics and may not necessarily provide better results. Retreats are not necessarily better for business, since they may be perceived as a sign of failure. Integrated Pest Management is an ongoing process that involves inspecting, monitoring, correcting conducive conditions that allow pests to thrive and treating when necessary with the most sensible products. Following these precepts will always be better for business.

      Andy Linares
      Bug Off Pest Control Center
      1085 Saint Nicholas Avenue
      New York, NY 10032
      Phone: 212-781-2304
      Fax: 212-781-0225
      “Everything In Pest Control”

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