Reader shares view on chemical usage

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005

With misleading and inflammatory language, ACAT recently announced its ballot initiative drive to burden all Alaska school districts and every licensed daycare in the state with expensive new requirements on chemical usages.

While the results could be a big source of revenue for our (pest management) businesses, and for the ADEC, we do not support it. Before you sign this document, be sure and read the language that it includes.

If passed, a school janitor or homeowner-daycare provider would have to be certified as an applicator (or hire us) to wipe the desks or chairs with a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe (Category 3) and will have to request an emergency exemption every time they want to clean their toilets with Lysol Disinfectant (Category 1).

In addition, mice, cockroaches, spiders, etc., will be allowed to propagate while the required "try nonchemical control first" attempts at control (at $200 or more per visit) are performed before the immediate, safe and effective use of an EPA registered pesticide is allowed.

Kenneth J. Perry, General manager, Paratex Pied Piper Pest Control, Anchorage

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