Government Regulation of Pest Control Products and Application

Pest Control WoodstockThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the primary government agency responsible for regulating pesticides in the United States.

Their mission is to protect human health and the environment. The EPA Office of Pesticide Programs handles most of the regulatory issues pertaining to pesticides. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) gives the EPA authority to determine which pesticides can be used in the United States, and how they can be used.

The EPA (in conjunction with other federal and state agencies) evaluates new pesticides and proposed uses, determines if emergency situations warrant temporary approvals of certain pesticides and periodically reviews current research related to the safety of older pesticides. They also enforce pesticide regulations and provide support to state and regional EPA programs designed to protect, certify and train pesticide applicators.

What all of this means is protection for homeowners that use professional pest control companies in the form of determining safe chemicals, appropriate level of use and application methods.

In addition, most states (including Georgia) have several types of commercial applicator certifications. FIFRA requires that commercial applicators pass a written exam prior to receiving a license.

The EPA also administers the EPA PestWise program, which works to protect human health and the environment through innovative pest management practices. The three main goals of this program are –

1. Encourage the adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices through grants and other technology transfer initiatives.

2. Provide assistance for transitioning to Integrated Pest Management practices.

3. Increase public understanding of pests and pesticide risk as well as demand for sustainable approaches to pest control.

As a professional pest control company with certified and licensed technicians, Protect All Pest Control is familiar with all EPA guidelines and are active participants in Integrated Pest Management or IPM.

If you are looking for a company in the Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth and Marietta areas to handle your pest control needs in the most professional way possible, call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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