There are three government entities that perform different roles regarding termite control: the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State and local government agencies.
The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs provides information and tools to federal, state, local agencies, and the public on termite control such as:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has several termite research and control programs like:
The U.S Department of Agriculture, also has a Pest Management Division (PMD) that is the State agency responsible of licenses. It licenses commercial pest control businesses in Arizona and the pesticide applicators and inspectors employed by these companies. Also, they enforce federal and state laws governing pesticide use and storage. Consumer complaints involving licensed businesses are handled through the Agency. They are guided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and state statutes and rules.
According to the PMD, structural pesticide uses include:
There are a number of licenses offered by the OPM. Licensing requires an application, examination, and, in the case of Qualifying Party licensing, experience. Businesses must maintain statutorily mandated levels of insurance or bonding in order to be licensed. All the OPM-issued licenses must be renewed annually.
Within the state and local agencies involved in termite control is the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. It requires reports, inspections, and treatment. Based on maps published in the IRC (International Residential Code), CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, and/or the US Department of Agriculture’s Bulletin 64, the four HUD Homeownership Centers (HOCs) have identified areas of the country where potential damage by termites is considered extremely high, called Termite Infestation Probability Zones. Arizona is included on this list.
There is also a list for termite treatment exception areas too. The places mentioned on this list are: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays an important role in pest management and termite extermination efforts. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
They fight disease vectors and pests by using integrated pest management (IPM) techniques that are necessary to reduce the number of pests that threaten human health and property. This approach to the problem relies on more than one technique to reduce or eliminate pests and can be visualized as concentric rings of protection that reduce the need for the riskiest and dangerous options of control and the potential for pests to evolve and develop. It involves monitoring, identifying, and determining the level of threat from pests, making the environment hostile to pests, building structures designed to keep the pests out, eliminating the things which attract pests to the property and using traps, physical elimination devices and selecting appropriate poisons for identified pests like termites.
The CDC says that subterranean termites are the most destructive and costly insects, affecting large numbers of wood structures in the United States. Annually, this is more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorms combined. Termites consume wood and other cellulose products, such as paper, cardboard, and fiberboard, and can also destroy structural timbers, pallets, crates, furniture, and other wood products.
According to Mike Potter, an extension entomologist and professor in the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture, homeowners can reduce the risk of termite attack by adhering to the following suggestions:
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