I got a call yesterday from a woman in Santa Fe who live in an apartment complex. She said that the management normally doesn’t spray her apartment because she is chemically sensitive, but they called her and said they will be spraying all apartments, including hers. She asked me what her options on. I tole her that what they are doing is reprehensible and she should consider legal action. I suggested that she tells management to get the pest control company to sign a document that says they will be financially responsible for all medical and veterinary bills caused by the pesticides they used. If management refuses to do that, then she should contact an attorney.
I also suggest that if you are a homeowner, a business owner or manager, a HOA manager or anyone else, have the pest control company sign a document stating that if anyone gets sick, including employees, customers, family members or pets, that they will be financially responsible for any medical or veterinary bills, as a result of pesticides used. Many companies will say that their pesticides are toxic, but if applied properly, they are safe. That is fine. Have them sign the document. Here is a copy of a form you can use. You can adjust it as you like or let an attorney look at it.
“If you hire an exterminator to spray pesticides on your property or in your home or business, have them sign the statement below. If any pest control companies are spraying pesticides in schools, require the school to have the pest company sign it.
“I _(Representative)_, who represents _(Pest Control Company)___, affirm that any pesticides we use are absolutely safe for all family members, including pets. If this is a business, we affirm that the pesticides are safe for all employees and clients, including those with chemical sensitivities. If anyone or a pet gets sick from the pesticides we use, my company and I will assume full financial responsibility for all medical or veterinary costs. This includes medical conditions that may develop long after the application of the pesticide. This affirmation also overrides any documentation in a pest control contract that prohibits the client from suing the company. We will also provide a copy of the label and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of any pesticides we use in or around your home or in your business.
Date___________________Company Applicator License No_____________
Technician Operator License No_______________________
If they refuse to sign it and still want to spray, they are publicly acknowledging that what they are doing is not safe. You can use this for any pesticide application, including mosquito spraying and just regular pest control in your home. If you can’t find a pest control company that will sigh the statement, then you should do your own pest control and I will help you to the best of my ability. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a pest question.