Bug Bytes Vol. 5 Issue 4

Posted By: Lydia Crabtree Bug Bytes, Community,
Vol. 5 Issue 4  February 10, 2023
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You are likely aware of the current evaluation being conducted by the EPA for rodenticide active ingredients as part of the pesticide re-evaluation process.  A key part of the process is obtaining comments from the public and affected industry about actions proposed as a result of the evaluation.  This is where you come in!  EPA needs to hear from our industry about how their proposed changes will affect us.  GPCA is assisting you in this effort by providing the attached letter template. 

EPA’s evaluation includes rodenticide products containing second-generation anticoagulants (SGARS), first-generation anticoagulants (FGARS), and non-anticoagulants as active ingredients.  They have proposed various actions related to the use of those products which they feel decrease the risks to human health and the environment based on the Agency’s evaluation.  EPA published these in Proposed Interim Decision (PID) documents.  The actions they are proposing and some of the impacts in Georgia you should consider:
  • All professional structural products will be classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). 
**Important to note specifically for GA:  Under current rules in Georgia, RUP use requires a certified applicator to be onsite to supervise uncertified technicians. 
  • Cancellation of General Use Products (GUP) for control of field pests within 100 feet of structures.
  • Applicator requirement to wear a respirator
  • Chemical-resistant gloves with 14mm minimum thickness requirement
  • Mandatory carcass searches and reporting requirement.
The comment period is open until February 13, 2023.   GPCA is asking each of you to submit letters regarding the changes.  Some of the changes will have an impact on you, your business and your customers.  This is an opportunity to tell EPA about these impacts.  It is very important that each of you take the time and do this today! 

The attached sample letter for you to use in drafting your own letter on your letterhead.  It was developed by NPMA and further revised by our neighboring state association in Mississippi.  Thanks specifically to Richard Linley who is on the NPMA SPARs committee as the MS representative.  Feel free to alter or change it in any way you see fit.

So that each letter is considered separately, you will need to enter your personal business information and the type of work you perform in the appropriate areas.  You can also enter how many registered technicians, certified technicians, permit holders, and license holders your company has.

Attached is also a three (3) page instruction sheet for submitting the letters yourself for each product under consideration; however, if you get your letter by February 8, 2023, you can send it to JD Darr of NPMA and NPMA will take care of submitting it.  If your letter is sent after February 8, 2023, you must submit it to the EPA yourself.
Thank you for all your help on this.
Download Instructions Here
Download the Letter Here

           We are inviting you to submit a nomination for NPMA Pest Vet of the Year. Each year, the National Pest Management Association chooses a PestVet of the Year. It is called the David Cooksey PestVet of the Year Award. This is a veteran who has made a positive impact in the Pest Control industry. To choose this year’s winner, the NPMA is asking for nominations to be submitted by those in the industry. The NPMA wants to showcase a veteran who has helped strength the role of pest management in their communities. They are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the industry and to the communities they serve.

All GPCA member companies are invited to participate by nominating a veteran for this award.

                        The NPMA’s evaluation process will recognize the following:

  • The nominee’s leadership/involvement in community volunteer activities
  • The nominee’s contributions to the pest control industry
  • The nominee’s contributions to his/her company
  • The nominee’s contributions to other veterans

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Must be an honorably discharged (DD214) Veteran of the US Military
  • Must be employed by an NPMA member company.


Click on the link to submit your nomination for this year’s outstanding PestVet:

Remember to include as much detail as possible. This will help build a compelling narrative for your nominee.

 The nominating process closes on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Please make sure to nominate before then!

The recipient will be awarded during NPMA Legislative Day 2023, March 22-24, 2023.

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