News Briefs

Pest Control Operators of California

EVP Notes

Thanks to all of you who attended the recent PCOC Legislative Days in Sacramento. It was one of the largest turnouts we’ve ever had and we look forward to an even larger turnout in the years to come. Because of the introduction of the rodenticide bill once again, it was clear that our membership was motivated to communicate with their elected representatives. This is single most important event we host every year and your willingness to walk the halls of the Capitol to help educate our elected officials on our key issues is essential. A special thank you goes out to all those who made this a successful event, particularly our sponsors and  PCOC Legislative Chair Jim Steed, whose knowledge and experience was key in putting this all together. 

Chris Reardon
PCOC's Executive Vice President

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Legislative Update



This Wednesday, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate (S. 340) and U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 953) that would clarify that federal law does not require the redundant and unfairly burdensome NPDES permits for already regulated pesticide applications.   

NPDES permits are required when applicators make pesticide applications directly to "waters of the U.S.," which is unnecessary based on the proper application directed from EPA-approved labels on all pesticides.

Many of you have been part of the fight to pass this legislation over the past several years. In fact, it was one of our Legislative Day issues in 2016. We are optimistic under this Congress and the Trump administration that we have our best chance of passing the NPDES fix. There are still several hurdles to clear in Congress, and we need your assistance in urging legislators to pass this common sense legislation that benefits the structural pest management industry. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) remain our champions in both chambers for these bills, and we thank them for their leadership.

Please take a moment to submit the pre-drafted letter to your Senator and Representative, and pass this link along to colleagues in the industry!

Click Here to Urge Your Elected Officials to Pass Legislation Eliminating Unnecessary NPDES Permits

Upcoming Events

PCOC Expo 2017 – June 21-24, 2017
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, Anaheim, California
Expo Schedule
Attendee Registration Form
Exhibitor Registration Form

Board of Directors Meeting – September 22-23, 2017
Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, San Diego,California
Information to follow

PAPCO Golf Tournament – September 21, 2017
Information to follow

Board of Directors Meeting – December 8-9, 2017
Hilton Palm Springs, Palm Springs,California
Information to follow

PAPCO Golf Tournament – December 7, 2017
Information to follow

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Member News


Happy Spring!

As I get closer to ending my first year at PCOC, I look back at the many people I have met on my journey.

I would like to thank the districts for welcoming me at their meetings and allowing me to introduce the many new and exciting changes at PCOC! I have learned about so many aspects of this industry, from bed bugs to fumigation to the reproductive system of termites.

My goal with membership is not only to continue increase our numbers, but to bring more benefits and educational opportunities to our members. If you have any ideas on a benefit that you would like to receive, please contact me. We will also be bringing back our membership referral contest in July and it will run through May 30, 2018. Information will be sent with your renewal notices. First and second place prizes will be awarded at Expo 2018. I also look forward to working with you to on our community service day in October. This will be a first-time event for PCOC and I hope that it will continue year after year. Details will be shared soon.

Our membership is only as strong as our numbers!  Let’s continue to grow!

Karen Grenz
Director of Membership Development

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Assist Us in Keeping Rodenticides in the Hands of Professionals: Take the PCOC/NPMA Rodenticide Stewardship Training Course and Earn CEUs

Commensal rodents are among the most significant public health pests that transmit disease, contaminate foods and damage infrastructure. Because of the substantial risk that rodents pose to our health and safety, their control is essential. Second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) are an advanced and indispensable tool that provides quick and complete management of rodent populations. SGARs require educated and trained professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to apply these products.

In an effort to mitigate rodenticide exposure to non-target wildlife, the State of California strictly limited the use of SGARs to professionals only. To further our industry’s dedication to stewardship of rodenticides, the Pest Control Operators of California and the National Pest Management Association have teamed up to develop a two-part training course. This 60-minute course focuses on strategies and methods that will instill knowledge above and beyond state and federal educational requirements for the handling and application of rodenticides. Instructional topics include the importance of rodent management, commensal rodent biology and behavior, integrated rodent management, and the safe handling and application of anticoagulant rodenticides. To access this training, click here.

Comings & Goings

Update on Baby Luke's Fundraisier

The following message is from Steve Racioppe with the update on the Fundraisier that Geotech put on for the Oberlin/McDonald family last month:

I wanted to extend my sincere thanks to each of you for your generous contribution to the Baby Luke luncheon that we had here on Friday {March 24}. Through your generosity, we were able to raise $7,435 to present to the Oberlin family to help with offsetting some of their unplanned expenses during this difficult time. Our prayers are with Baby Luke and the Oberlin/McDonald family. We truly appreciate all you do for us and the outpouring of support on such short notice was phenomenal. Thanks again for supporting this extremely worthy cause.


Steve Racioppe
General Manager
Geotech Supply

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Chris Gorham

Loss Control Manager

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District News



CHAIR: Gordie Zilke – Valley View Termite Control • (925) 787-2118
Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY DISTRICT – April 26 @ 5:00 PM social & 6:00 PM dinner
CHAIR: Tarry Howard – Hydrex • (818) 437-6584
Contact District Chair for location information

CHAIR: Leslie Nulick – Delk Pest Control • (559) 779-3656
Marie Callendar's, 3602 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno

BAY AREA DISTRICT – April 27 @ 7:00 PM
CHAIR: David Roe 
Contact Athena Diaz (East Bay Structual) at • (510) 652-4712 
for meeting location


CHAIR:  Brian Swanston – Craig & Sons Termite and Pest Control, Inc.  •  (909) 335-1486
Cask & Cleaver 1333 University Ave. Riverside, CA

CHAIR:  Carlos Blandino North Point Pest Solutions • (415)785-7480
Contact Larry Schork at     

SHASTA - May 9 @ 4:00 PM
CHAIR:  David Silva -  Professional Exterminators of Redding • (530)559-5949
Vittles Restaurant 2385 North Street Anderson, CA

SAN DIEGO - May 9 @ 5:30 PM
CHAIR:  Garrett Thrasher – Thrasher Termite/Pest Control • (619)955-5121
Seaside Buffet 8998 Mirimar Rd. San Diego, CA

MID CAL - May 11 @ 4:00 PM (class) 5:00 (dinner)
CHAIR:  Brad Delk – Delk Pest Control • (209)465-5656
Stockton Country Club 3800 W Country Club Blvd, Stockton

ORANGE COUNTY - May 11 @ 6:00 PM
CHAIR:  Dean Wiley – Newport Exterminating (949)261-0700
Location:  Dave & Busters Irvine Spectrum Irvine, CA

SOUTHERN VALLEY - May 11 @ 6:30 PM
CHAIR:  Patrick Clark -  Clark Pest Control •  (661)635-3535
Location varies – call chair for location

SAN GABRIEL - May 16 @ 6:30 PM
CHAIR:  Dan Rutherford Mercury Termite & Pest Control • (626)926-1253
El Sombrero 3550 Santa Anita Ave. El Monte, CA

BIG VALLEY - May 17 @ 4:00 PM
CHAIR:  Sean Bradley – Neighborly Pest Management •  (916)782-3767
Location varies – contact Chair for location

MONTEREY - May 17 @ 6:00 pm
CHAIR:  Michael Reid – Cardiff Pest Control (831)475-4214
Location:  El Palomar – 1336 Pacific Ave.  Santa Cruz, CA

VENTURA - May 17 @ 7:00 PM
CHAIR:  Dave Watkins -  O’Connor Pest Control • (805) 482-2782
Marriott Hotel 600 East Esplanade Dr. Oxnard, CA

SANTA BARBARA - May 18 @ 6:30 PM
CHAIR:  Dave Watkins O’Connor Pest Control • (805) 482-2782
Meet every other month at 7:00 PM (July, Sept. Nov. Jan.   March, May)
Contact chair for location

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New Members


  Member Type
  Join Date
Mr. Ken Smith
Smith Family Exterminating
San Gabriel District
  R   3/13/2017
Mr. Aaron Boyd
Clark Pest Control
Big Valley District
  S   3/20/2017
Mr. Brian Doyle
Clark Pest Control
Big Valley District
  S   3/20/2017
Mr. Donald Hansberger
Service Pest Management
San Bernardino/Riverside District
  R   3/27/2017
Mr. Jeff Croy
County of Orange/Ag
Commissioner's Office
Orange County District
  A   4/1/2017
Ms. Mary Perez
Cade Global, LLC
San Diego District
  A   4/11/2017
Mr. Matt Kolb
Clark Pest Control
Monterey District
  S   4/12/2017
Mr. Steve Vance
PBM Supply & Mfg., Inc. 
Shasta District
  A   4/12/2017
Ms. Mona Andrews
Executive Financial Ent., Inc.
LA/South Bay District
  A   4/12/2017
Ms. Craig Campman
Two Cat Sentinels, Inc. - FumeWatch
San Diego District
  A   4/18/2017
Mr. Brandon George
Clark Pest Control
Bay Area District
  S   4/20/2017
Mr. Aaron Laurant
Clark Pest Control
Bay Area District
  S   4/20/2017
Frequently Requested Information


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Frequently Asked For Websites

Department of Fish & Game

Department of Food & Agriculture

California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)

DPR on Facebook

DPR on YouTube (see "playlists" for videos pertaining to new surface water regulations)

DPR on Twitter

DPR LinkedIn

Healthy Schools Act

Structural Pest Control Board

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Pest Control Operators of California
3031 Beacon Boulevard
West Sacramento, CA 95691