Yeee Hawwwww!!! It's Texas and it's the Wild West for Business, especially Pest Control businesses. Thank you Todd Staples and the Texas Legislature. Thank you Governor Perry. Texas Pest Control businesses will no longer have to follow rules and worry about pesky government regulations and enforcement of laws related to pesticides in Texas homes.
A few years back, in 2007, there was an agency called the Texas Stuctural Pest Control Board. The Texas Legislature decided that regulating an industry that put millions of gallons of pesticides in Texas homes and businesses was really no big deal and decided to consolodate the Structural Pest Control Board into the Texas Department of Agriculture. It would obviously save money and besides, the TDA was already dealing with pesticides. And that is exactly the problem.
The TDA is dealing with all of the pesticides affecting agriculture and the enormous business of farming. They also, because the Federal government makes them, keep an eye on farm workers and their exposure to pesticides.
Which is why they have no interest in the structural pest control side of the department. The chemicals are pretty harmless and it only affects homes and residences, not big business agriculture.
So what does Todd Staples and the TDA do now for Structural Pest Control? Well, they issue licenses. They sometimes check the pest control records to see if they have been keeping them. Other than that, well, that is it. Before the TDA, there was an online complaint mechanism. Now, if you go to the TDA website, Structural Pest Control is buried in the bowels of the website. You not only can NOT file online, there is no mechanism for a consumer to file any complaint.
In the past, you could search a pest control company online. Now, you can download an excel spreadsheet and perform your own search. Good luck.
What Governor Perry, Todd Staples and the Texas Legislature have actually said, is F@#% you, Texas Consumer, Bidness First!