SLO County prosecutors compare it to pesticide companies
September 15, 2021
BY JOSH FRIEDMAN
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, along with 16 other California attorneys, has reached a $ 575,000 settlement with a pesticide company for repeated regulatory violations and unfair business practices.
Pestmaster Services LP, formerly known as Pestmaster Services Inc., is a nationwide franchise company headquartered in Reno, Nevada. The company holds many government contracts for pesticide work in the western United States, according to the SLO District Attorney’s Office.
In a civil case involving the 17 prosecutors against Pestmaster Service LP and its founder Jeffrey Van Diepen, a fixed sentence was passed requiring the defendants to pay US $ 575,000 in fines and costs. The settlement also obliges Pestmaster Services to provide training courses for their employees; inform the district officials in advance of pesticide applications; hire an external compliance manager; and obey all laws. Van Diepen must also surrender its California pest control licenses.
Van Diepen and Pestmaster Services have licensed to perform structural pest control work without a valid license; Conducting pesticide applications for rent without registering with the county agricultural commissioner; Performing pesticide applications without submitting monthly reports on pesticide users; fail to ensure that employees have been trained in accordance with legal requirements and have used all required personal protective equipment; Enabling unlicensed or improperly licensed persons to take on structural pest control tasks; failure to leave required notice on property that has been subjected to pesticide application; and misleading statements in a 2015 proposal to the Department of Veteran Affairs that contains the company’s policies and procedures that have been compiled with local, state, and federal regulations.
Structural pest control work, which was carried out without a permit, ranged from November 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018 and from October 15, 2020 to January 27, 2021. Van Diepen also admitted recommendations for the use of pesticides without having a pest control advisor license and without registering with the county agricultural commissioner.