COVID-19 Update for the Structural Pest Control Industry
The following are links to guidance from Sacramento County and State officials regarding the operation of industries such as Structural Pest Control during the Governor's stay at home order.
To get further guidance on whether your business is exempt or non-exempt from the Public Health Officer Order:
Step 1: If you have not already, please take a look at page 5 of the Public Health Order and this FAQ to see if your business is listed as an essential business.
Step 2: If you do not have clarity after reading the FAQ, go ahead and call 916-875-2002.
Step 3: Our Health Services Team will connect back with you shortly.
Structural Pest Control Board:
"Essential versus Non-Essential Services
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20. This Executive Order provided a stay at home order for the citizens of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Executive Order referred to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which provides guidance regarding the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers. Please utilize this document when determining whether your business provides a guide on essential or non-essential services and whether you should remain open.
Up to date news regarding COVID-19
Bleach And Other Sanitizer Usage
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has recently released new fact sheets in regards to the use of bleach and other sanitizers. Links to these bulletins can be found below. It is important to note that bleach and other Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered sanitizers are legally considered pesticides, and that the product label instructions must be followed at all times. This includes the usage of all required personal protective equipment, such as gloves and eye protection. Proper ventilation is critical and those requirements may be listed on the product label as well.
DPR Fact Sheets: Bleach
The Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is responsible for local enforcement of the pesticide laws and regulations established at the State and Federal levels. The Pesticide Use Enforcement Program (PUE) strives to ensure that pesticides are used in a responsible and appropriate manner that protects the public, environment, employees, and the end user (i.e. applicators). Under the guidance and direction of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Agricultural Commissioner administers the PUE program with jurisdiction over the use of pesticides in the county. Our Agricultural & Standards Inspectors conduct inspections at farm facilities, pest control businesses (agricultural & structural), pesticide dealers, municipalities (including cemeteries, parks, and golf courses) and any other businesses/agencies that use agricultural or structural use pesticides. We issue permits for the use of California Restricted Pesticides, register pest control businesses annually, and investigate complaints of pesticide misuse and reports of illnesses due to pesticides. The Agricultural Commissioner has statutory authority to levy administrative fines for violations of agricultural and structural pesticide use.
Contact us to set up appointments for:
- Restricted Materials Permits
- Operator/Grower Identification Numbers
- Private Applicator Licensing Exams
Contact us to report pesticide related Incidents and illnesses or to receive information regarding licensing exams.
Agricultural Commissioner & Weights/Measures
4137 Branch Center Road (Map)
Sacramento, CA 95827
916-875-6603 or e-mail
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from noon - 1 p.m.)