Web page identifies reliable pest control companies

By Tracy Outlaw

Pest Control SchoolGot bugs? Choosing between pest control companies just got easier. Thanks to Clemson University's Department of Pesticide Regulation, South Carolina consumers are now the first in the nation to be able to check out a company's performance on-line.

The department has posted its enforcement history database on the Internet so it is available to anyone looking for a pest control company for their home or business. The database contains records for every pest control company in the state. It can be searched by county, company name, applicator or business.  The database is located at http://regfocus.clemson.edu/dpr/greenbook.htm.

“Even the best companies might have some enforcement actions levied against their firm,” said Cam Lay, a Pesticide Regulation official. “More employees doing more work means more opportunity for mistakes. But consumers may want to think twice about a company that has a long history of complaints or has repeatedly failed to meet the requirements of the law.”

The database contains real-time records of all structural pest control related inspections and investigations since 1998. It includes inspections performed in response to consumer complaints and those conducted as part of the department's routine “compliance-assistance” program. The database also contains more serious enforcement actions where human health or the environment was jeopardized or an individual did not have a license to practice pest control.

Clemson’s Department of Pesticide Regulation is the enforcement and investigative authority in the state for pesticide use, alleged pesticide misuse, substandard termite treatments, and the Wood Infestation Report required in most real estate transactions. The department licenses pesticide dealers and pest-control businesses, registers pesticide products for use in South Carolina, and performs quality assurance analyses of pesticide formulations.

For more information: http://dpr.clemson.edu or call 864-646-2150.