FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014
||John Dalley, deputy director, Structural Pest Control Program
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division
N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee announces case settlements
RALEIGH –The N.C. Structural Pest Control Committee recently approved settlement agreements for cases in Alexander, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Forsyth, Martin, New Hanover and Rowan counties.
Following are the agreements:
- Elliot Hollingsworth of BUG-N-A-RUG Exterminators Inc. in Wilmington agreed to pay $1,200 for issuing four inaccurate wood-destroying insect information reports (WDIR). The reports were inaccurate because they failed to disclose termite damage and failed to note conditions conducive to termites. Hollingsworth also agreed to provide at least two hours of inspection and report-writing training to all of his employees who are involved in WDIR inspections.
- Michael S. Pridgen of Terminix Company of North Carolina in Fayetteville agreed to pay $1,000 for using Prother SC 2 pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling by disposing of it improperly. Residue of imidacloprid (Prother SC 2) was detected in their mixing and loading area.
- Benny L. Williams of Williams Termite and Pest Control in Williamston agreed to pay $1,000 for using Termidor SC subterranean termite control treatment in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Williams failed to check the area to be treated and immediately adjacent areas of the structure prior to the application and accidentally injected the pesticide into the living area of a home. Also, he failed to drill the pillars in the crawl space. In addition to the settlement, Williams paid for carpet cleaning and refunded the cost for treatment.
- Dale A. Jordan, a structural pest license holder at Omega Pest Solutions in Kannapolis agreed to pay $1,500 for making false statements, keeping incomplete records of work performed and providing an inaccurate work proposal to a property owner. Jordan also agreed to refund the property owner for the cost of treatment.
- Lloyd D. Jarvis of Hiddenite agreed to pay $4,000 for performing structural pest control work at 10 properties without a valid structural pest control license. Jarvis also provided a letter to the Structural Pest Control Program stating he will no longer perform pest control work.
- Jason Jackimowicz, a registered technician performing structural pest control work for Terminix Service Inc. of Concord agreed to pay $900 for making false claims concerning an infestation of powder post beetles to a customer and providing a guarantee or warranty for the treatment of the powder post beetles of only 12 months, instead of 18 months as required by law. Jackimowicz also received 20 hours of formal training covering topics such as pest insects, chemicals and proper pest control equipment and also received powder post beetle and old house borer training at the Terminix office in Harrisburg. In a related settlement, Charles W. Kinnel, also of Terminix Services Inc. agreed to pay $500 for failing to properly supervise a technician doing work under his structural pest control license.
- Michael Howard, a structural pest control license holder for B & G Extermination Company in Winston-Salem agreed to pay $600 for failure to supervise structural pest control work being done by Michael T. Nobels, a registered technician operating under Howard’s license. It was determined that the WDIR Nobels issued stating that a residence had no visible infestation from wood-destroying insects failed to disclose termite damage and failed to disclose visible evidence of an infestation. In a related settlement, Nobels agreed to pay $800 for issuing an inaccurate wood-destroying insect-information report. B & G Extermination Company also treated the entire home at no cost to the owner and provided a one-year service bond on the home.
- Andy Bartholomew, a structural pest control license holder with Orkin Exterminating Company in Wilson agreed to a settlement of $10,000 for failure to register the Durham branch office of Orkin Exterminating. Under the settlement, $5,000 will be paid within 30 days from the date the settlement is approved and the remaining $5,000 will be stayed for 12 months. If Bartholomew, and the certified applicators and registered technicians working under him, comply with the N.C. Structural Pest Control Law and Regulations for a period of 12 months, the obligation to pay the remaining $5,000 will be cancelled.