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Exterminator cited for some illegal practices

Exterminator cited for some illegal practices


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Marc Giauque reportingAn exterminator is in some hot water with the state after the discovery of some illegal practices.

In May, the man was hired to get rid of some ground squirrels at a condo complex in Summit County.

Larry Lewis, of the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture, says the trouble was the poisons he was using and the way he was using them could have endangered any animal or even a child.

"Our investigator went out and collected the product that was on the ground and then identified that it was the wrong product," Lewis said.

Lewis says it was rat poison that had been illegally taken from its container. To make matters worse, the exterminator's license had expired. He now faces a big fine.

Lewis says anybody hiring an exterminator should make sure he or she is licensed. He also says even for consumers, labels on pesticides are there for a reason. He says misuse can endanger lives and the environment.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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