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Structural Pest Control Service
TDA's Structural Pest Control Service licenses and regulates pest management professionals who apply pesticides in an around structures.



SPCS Mission: SPCS will provide exceptional customer service to the public and the industry, enhance the educational and professional standards of license holders and ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.



To view the "Structural Pest Control Enforcement Report," select the Reports and Publications button at the top and type structural in the program name box.



IMPORTANT SPCS UPDATES: 

 The US Department of Homeland Security has put out a memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response.  Here is a link to the memo:

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

If you search the document for "exterminators", it will take you to the Public Works section of the document where you'll find exterminators considered to be Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.

 Apprentice Registrations Expiring:
• From March 31, 2020 forward, Apprentices whose registrations are expiring and were unable to take a Technician Training Course and/or were unable to take exams due to PSI closures as a result of COVID-19 will be granted extensions.  So far:
Apprentices that expired March 31, 2020 will be given until June 30, 2020 to take Technician exams;
Apprentices that expired April 30, 2020 will be given until July 31, 2020 to take Technician exams.
Apprentices that will expire May 31, 2020 will be given until July 31, 2020 to take Technician exams.
Apprentices that will expire June 30, 2020 will be given until August 31, 2020 to take Technician exams.
Apprentices that will expire July 31, 2020 will be given until August 31, 2020 to take Technician exams.
• Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, future extensions are to be determined (TBD).
DO NOT WAIT TO ATTEMPT TO SCHEDULE EXAMS UNTIL NEAR THE END OF YOUR EXPIRATION OR EXTENSION, DOING SO MAY CAUSE YOU NOT TO GET SCHEDULED IN TIME.
Given the heavy call volume being experienced by PSI Exams they are asking we: Please tell the applicator to email examsschedule@psionline.com and include their name, approval number (BRIDGE account #) and what city they are in so they can assist. 
You can also still schedule using their online system. To do so, the applicant will need to create a unique account and “find their record” to add their approval number.



 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Courses and Technician Training Courses:
• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TDA will allow for Department approved CEU courses and Technician Training Courses to be given as a web-based interactive course, where the audience can ask questions of the instructor, exchange information, etc.  The Department must be notified ahead of time of any web-based interactive course, and we must be provided with web access to the course in the event we are able to monitor the course.  We will allow such a course to be given until further notice.  Course providers are responsible for adhering to all other rules such as establishing procedures for verification of completion, including accurately recording participant attendance throughout the stated class length, etc.


  • •The new Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR), SPCS/T-5, and sample WDI disclosures for both pre-construction and post-construction treatments are now available. Please see our forms page to find the forms and related instructions. Licensees may use any remaining stock of the former WDIR form (SPCS/T-4). On September 1, 2020, all Licensees must use the new form, the SPCS/T-5.


  • •TDA’s Structural Pest Control Program will transition the online structural license applications for a Business License, Certified Applicator, and Apprentice Registration on September 1, 2019. After this date the application will appear differently from when previously hosted by Texas.gov. The new, more user-friendly applications will still allow for applicants to apply online and pay by credit card or electronic check (ACH). Please use the same links above on 9/1/19 or after to access our new online e-apply license applications. 


  • •Beginning on September 1, 2019 all new applications and license renewals paid online with a credit card will be charged a processing fee. This fee will be reflected at check-out. This fee can be avoided by submitting payment with an electronic check (ACH). 


  • •Need to apply for an Apprentice to take the Technician exam? Please see our page on how to schedule a licensing exam here. Please do not submit another apprentice registration. Apprentice applications submitted in error will not receive a refund. 


  • •Reminder to Certified Applicators: Please complete all required Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by December 31st. CEUs must be completed each calendar year (except the first calendar year your license is issued). CEUs may be completed online every other year. Please see our CEU Search page to find approved courses. CEU extensions will not be approved for CY 2019 except in cases of circumstances of significant medical hardship or military deployment.


Pre-Construction and Structural Fumigation Notification System



Beginning January 9, 2018, all pre-construction and structural fumigations notifications and cancellations must be made using the designated electronic notification system. This electronic notification system utilizes a form that can be completed using either a computer or a smart phone to alert TDA of a pending fumigation or pre-construction termite treatment. Notifications made via phone, fax and email will be accepted up until September 1, 2018; however, we encourage you to use the electronic system as soon as possible.    



This system has been an option for pest control operators to notify TDA since September 14, 2015 and will take the place of all phone, fax and email notifications.  



Should you have any questions or need help with filling out the notification form, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-918-4481..



Submit notification for commercial pre-construction treatment 



Submit notification for structural fumigations


 






Important Note for business license renewals:

Current insurance and a renewal fee must be received by the license expiration date to avoid a business license lapse. If the fee and/or insurance is received after the expiration date, the business license will be expired. Licenses are renewable until the anniversary of the expiration date a year later (ex: expiration 12/31/2019 renewable until 12/31/20). Paying a late fee penalty does not allow the business to operate until the license is renewed and issued.