Pest Control Letter, in the 1970’s and 80’s, was the authoritative investigative report serving the pest control industry as well as serving common-sense state-level leaders in the regulatory, research, and education communities. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommended Pest Control Letter to all its members. Most industry leaders subscribed to Pest Control Letter. They relied upon it for exclusive information for their business and their technicians. It was regarded by many commercial firms as “the voice of the industry.”
Technical changes in pesticide use were rapidly evolving and stern enforcement actions were being heaped upon structural pest control firms directly by the federal EPA as well as the federal OSHA.
Pest Control Letter (PCL) was not as well-publicized at the time in California (except for the larger more prominent firms) because the author was in charge of pest programs on all major Navy and Marine Corps bases in the State — potential “appearance of conflict of interest,” etc.
Most of the FIFRA regulations developed in the 1970’s and 80’s remain in place today. But there are many more — and more are coming — along with remarkable advances in pesticides and IPM-type pest management techniques.
And most of the important controversial inside information on these developments is not widely known to licensees and to others who need to know. Regardless of whether you are a pest control business owner or a licensee performing pest management services on the job — or a competent and honest regulator you will need the current information that will be provided by Pest Control Letter — important information that sometimes is censored out of continuing education courses by the State government (California).
WHAT ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF PEST CONTROL LETTER ?? —IS IT HERE YET ??
No, it’s not here yet. It’s a labor-intensive endeavor — attending meetings, travel, extensive reading of existing publications and research reports, and phone calls.
Each issue of PCL will be disseminated — as an email “blog” to each licensee who is currently enrolled in our RECO/A-B Courses — free of charge. Each currently enrolled individual, called a “member,” will receive each issue of PCL as soon as a concise write-up of one or more important need-to-know events happens. And each member will be assigned a unique access code for 24/7 access to PCL. The free of charge 24/7 access will be for a 30-month period. Minimum enrollment for access to PCL is 12 or more continuing education hours.
Members who enroll in our courses now will not lose any of their 30-month access to PCL. The regular free of charge 30-month access will begin as soon as the first issue of Pest Control Letter becomes available. The projected availability date is in early 2014 or before.
Any licensee or anyone else who has information he or she believes worthy of evaluation and exploration by PCL is welcome to contact us. Confidentiality is maintained. Unlike other publications PCL is an independent operation, does not carry advertisement, and does not answer to a board of directors.