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Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Inside Buzz Newsletter - Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Bulletin 1

Welcome to the first edition of the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) Structural Pest Division newsletter. 
 
We take our responsibilities very seriously and are committed to providing superior service and leadership.  The goal of this newsletter named The Inside Buzz is to provide information and resources to all stakeholders working in the pest management industry. 
Whether you are a business owner, technician, salesperson or trainer, we know you are working hard to protect public health, food and property.
 
We hope that you find the newsletter helpful and do invite your feedback so that we can customize the content of your newsletter to meet your needs and provide the best consumer protection.
 
Sincerely,
 
Derrick Lastinger
SPD Director
Derrick.Lastinger@agr.georgia.gov
 
 
 
The Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission proposed Rule 620-9 Honey Bee Removal & Control.  The Public Hearing was held on October 9, 2020.  The Commission received comments during the public comment period and will consider all comments before finalizing the proposed rule.

Honeybee Control and Removal (link to the proposed rule and related information)

On October 8, 2020, the Commission submitted a proposal to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to amend Georgia's building code to restrict the use of spray polyurethane foam insulation SPF) on the framing/foundation interface (band joist and mudsill area).  If accepted, this amendment to the building code will allow a visual termite inspection of this critical area in homes with crawlspaces that are insulated with SPF.  

Next meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2020.

 

Temporary Technician Registrations Expire - September 30th 

 Election Day - November 3rd 

Veteran's Day - November 11th
State Holiday

Thanksgiving Day - November 26th - 27th
State Holiday

Christmas Day - December 24th-25th
State Holiday

 
We provide compliance assistance on most regulatory requirements.  Contact us with your question(s) and we will be in touch.
 
If we can’t answer your questions over the phone, we will send out a representative to review your specific situation and documentation and provide guidance on regulatory compliance.
SPD Atlanta Office
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Structural Pest Division, Room 411
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 656-3641
 
Web: agr.georgia.gov/structural.aspx
Email: pest@agr.georgia.gov
The Structural Pest newsletter is produced by the Structural Pest Division in an effort to inform all Structural Pest Control Companies and certified operators of state and national updates.  

For questions or comments regarding the newsletter, please email pest@agr.georgia.gov
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