Exterminator could face loss of license

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The exterminator who authorities say used a banned pesticide in treating a Vermont couple's home for bed bugs could lose his license and face a $275,000 fine.

Neil and Patricia Whitney of Rutland recently reached a $450,000 settlement with the state agency that hired the exterminator, Cary Buck, who runs AAA Accredited Pest Control Corp. The couple said their home was made uninhabitable after it was sprayed with the federally banned pesticide, chlorphyrifos in 2012.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ohC6Ml) an Agriculture Department investigation looked at 437 homes that Buck sprayed in Rutland County since 2009. It found evidence of the chemical in 45 residences. The department filed a notice in November seeking to revoke his license and fine him.

Buck's attorney, Ritchie Berger, said he could not comment.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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