COVINGTON, La.Ed Reynolds, vice president of DA Exterminating’s Covington, La. branch, was recently appointed to the Louisiana Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC).

“We’re proud of Ed. No one from DA has ever served in that capacity in our 61-year history,” said Chris Caire, vice president of DA Exterminating.

Reynolds came to work for DA Exterminating seven years ago after practicing law for more than 30 years. While in practice, he mostly did insurance defense work, primarily with construction and redhibition claims* in which he represented pest control operators in Southeast Louisiana.

“I really enjoyed representing pest control operators, so it’s really an honor to have been chosen to be on the Structural Pest Control Commission because I know, by and large, what good people these operators are,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds added that he has found that pest control operators take their claims personally and truly care about their customers.

Termite control in Louisiana provides PMPs with challenges and opportunities as the state has heavy termite pressure and many homes have foundation issues.

“It benefits the homeowner to have a seasoned termite tech or licensee that is good at troubleshooting,” Reynolds said.

The SPCC approves rules and regulations for the pest control industry in Louisiana, has hearings on and takes appropriate action against companies or licensees in violation of the rules and regulations and approves any new pesticides for use by any pest control operators in the state — among other functions — according to Reynolds.

Reynolds was appointed through a vote by the licensees in the state and the ultimately chosen by the commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, Mike Strain.

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*Under Louisiana law, redhibition is a civil action against the seller or manufacturer of a defective product.