The EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
Noosa Pest Management has always placed great value and focus on how our pest control services affect our environment. We realize that in the industry we’re in, many times we are applying chemicals or pesticides to our clients’ homes. The manner in which we do so can have great affects on the client’s family, surrounding land, and animal population. When we heard about the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, or PESP, we knew it was something we wanted to participate in. We started our partnership with the PESP very early in our business because protecting our environment has been something Noosa has felt strongly about since the beginning.
The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) was founded in 1994 and is an EPA partnership program that works with the nation’s pesticide-user community to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. PESP is the EPA’s premier partnership program dedicated to reducing the risk of pesticides in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings. The principle behind the PESP is that although government regulations can help to reduce pesticide risk, informed actions of pesticide users can reduce that risk to a greater extent. Following the guidelines laid out by the PESP, pesticide users can help to reduce the risks from pesticides. To us, this fell directly in line with what we set out to do, so in 2008 we joined as a member. In partnering with the EPA and the PESP, we have found that only a select few pest control service providers in the country view this voluntary program and our environment as a priority. We see this as something that needs to change and we think it is our duty to protect the environment in all that we do. PESP has helped us move away from the older methods of pest control (large volume power spray rigs) to the backpack sprayers that allow us to make more focused applications for pests around our clients’ homes and businesses.
In addition to being an advocate for safe application of pesticides, the PESP also has a publication where they share insights and updates on the program and relevant news and information. In the latests PESP Wire, the quarterly update for the program, they featured a termite prevention story. Termites are a major issue for homeowners in the Carolinas and the story provides some great tips and guidelines for dealing with and treating this pest, so we encourage you to check it out. This is a partnership and program that Noosa believes is beneficial not only for us but also for our clients and we are proud to call ourselves members.