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I live in your district and am very concerned about the State making it harder for me to run my pest control business. My company provides valuable fumigation services that are required for the vast majority of real estate transactions in order for buyers to obtain a loan. In addition, our services are vital for protecting people from human health pests such as bed bugs.
It is my understanding that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering new restrictions that will require an already comprehensive process to become even more time consuming and burdensome to the consumer. Fumigation requires treated buildings to be vacated during the process and people must find a place to stay at an additional expense. Multifamily dwellings create even more strain on people’s wallets when they have to pay for a hotel while they leave a property they don’t even own so it can be treated to make it safe to inhabit. Proposed changes by the Department of Pesticide Regulation will require more time out of the property and in some cases, eliminate the ability to be treated at all.
We are already highly regulated and California currently has the most stringent fumigation regulations in the United States that ensure the safety of my customers, their neighbors, and my workers. The new regulations are based on proposed exposure limits that are three times more restrictive than those required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven times more restrictive than those required by the European Union.
I am asking for your help. These proposed changes will only cause harm to the local economy and allow structurally devastating and disease carrying pests to go untreated. We must hold the Department of Pesticide Regulation accountable to make sound scientific decisions.
You are the only outlet I have to express my concerns. I am looking for your voice and support in this matter!