The Potentially High Costs of Pest Control- By: JuanP Breedlove
Insecticide industry officials have become worried recently because of newly implemented government rules that may force Americans to fork over an additional 145 millions dollars a year after a previously cheap and effective method for controlling powder post beetles was banned. The Environmental Protection Agency denies these allegations claiming that even though they have outlawed a particularly popular chemical, there are still several other options that are just as effective and cost the same amount as well.
Resulting in far greater expenses to treat houses which are infested by the powder post beetle, the EPA's prior decision to remove one brand of pesticide from the market generally raised costs for consumers, said the vice president of one pest control firm. According to this same Vice President, the beetle, which shares some traits with the termite, invades approximately 140,000 homes in the U.S. each year. The product that was banned used to be the most reliable product on the market, and it only required that it be sprayed one time a year to guarantee the homeowner that the beetles were gone. Pest control insiders say that now that they cannot use this product they have to use chemicals that have to be sprayed in the entire house.
This would require for the resident to remain out of the home for awhile so that it could be filled with chemical gas. The cost will also be a matter of much contention because the fumigation will run between $1000 and $2000, as opposed to the older treatment which was substantially less than a thousand dollars. A spokesman for the EPA opposed those claims by issuing a statement, saying that the chemical industry has come across yet another chemical to substitute the illicit one at a like price and effect. Furthermore, the spokesman reminded everyone that the powder post beetle does not pose any structural threat to the home and its damage is solely aesthetic.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a sanctioned and efficient replacement for powder post beetle regulation known as pentachlorophenol, and it is very similar in price to the banned pesticide. Homeowners should therefore see almost no increase in the cost of powder post beetle insecticides. Such testimony came from the maker of the banned chemical as well as the pest control association, the EPA spokesman said in his statement. Whether or not to establish a temporary hold of the chemical use by permanently banning it was apparently the testimony which was given at the EPA hearings.
If the EPA's cost control figures prove to be unrealistic, it will mean that consumers will be asked to pony up millions of extra dollars every year to fight powder post beetles. Pest control company employees are not happy, though, since they claim to have been effectively and safely treating homes with the old chemical for more than 30 years and they worry what reaction they will receive when they have to explain to their customers that the formally cheap treatments will now be over a thousand dollars. This owner also believe that the EPA hastily made a ruling without obtaining all of the facts in the case. The EPA has yet to reverse the decision which the company owner claims was obviously a mistake, and it may take several more years for the public hearings to finally come to an end.
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