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Structural Fumigation

Structural fumigation is defined as inspection and/or control of pests through fumigation of structures not primarily intended to contain food, feed or grains.

Notification Requirement
Notice of all structural fumigations with contracts requiring treatment of a structure must be called, e-mailed, or faxed to the Structural Pest Control Service between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at least 4 and no more than 24 hours prior to the structural fumigation application. 

The licensee must provide:
address and site location,
chemical to be used,
date and time of treatment,
approximate square footage under contract, and
the name and physical address of the business licensee.

Cancellation must be sent within 6 hours of the time the licensee learns of the cancellation.

Any violation will result in a fine of up to $3,000. 

Pretreatment number:  800-687-8021
Pretreatment fax:  888-232-2567
email: spcs@TexasAgriculture.gov

Certification and License Renewal Requirements
To qualify to take the structural fumigation category exam, the applicator must:

Attend a 40-hour structural fumigation school and gain at least 16 hours of hands-on training, or
Obtain 40 hours of on-the-job training with at least 16 hours of hands-on training

After passing the category exam, the applicator must take one CEU in structural fumigation during the first year to maintain the category.

Recertification
Current certified applicators must conduct/perform 4 hours of training per year to maintain their certification. 

Training records must be kept on the Structural Fumigation Activity Records Form in the business file for at least two years after termination of employment.

Contracting and Performing Structural Fumigation
The following table provides examples of when it is appropriate to perform structural fumigation, contract structural fumigation to other businesses and accept fees for referrals.

 

 

 Business X

Business Y

Does business have the structural fumigation category certification?

Yes

No

Can business contract to provide structural fumigation?

Yes

No

Can business subcontract structural fumigation?

Yes

No

Can business refer customer to a company that has a structural fumigation category?

Yes

Yes

Can business accept a referral fee?

Yes

Yes, if Voluntary