The structural pest control expert or entomology expert can be instrumental when it comes to lawsuits caused by damages presented by pests like termites, ants, earwigs, sowbugs, cockroaches, and rodents.  Even though there are a plethora of wood-destroying pest and organisms, many property owners undergo the engineering inspection simply hire an inexperienced contractor out of a directory or skip the pest inspection altogether. Pest problems can lead to various pesky lawsuits.

A structural pest control or entomology expert witness can consult on landlord tenant disputes, such as a residential pest infestation case because most states are regulated by a minimum livability code.  These expert witnesses can also be helpful in liability cases, especially in lawsuits that involve pest control protocol of hospitals, food production, and storage operations.

A structural pest control expert witness not only conducts field inquiries and inspections; he also looks into faulty or fraudulent pest control efforts.  The structural pest control expert can also help attorneys audit the records of pest control businesses, for example, to ascertain whether the “natural” pest control efforts were, in fact, safe and natural.  Sometimes the pest control methods can be toxic and it creates a health hazard for the property’s tenant.

If you are new to this area for potential expert analysis and testimony, you should inquire into credentials of the expert witness. A structural pest control expert witness should be licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board and have more than a decade of experience in the field.  He might also have coursework in biology, chemistry, and entomology.  As an expert witness, he must be experienced in pest extermination, pesticide application, fumigation, physical exclusion, and identifying pest infestations.  The structural pest control expert might also be a certified entomologist.

It’s not surprising that becoming a structural pest control expert entails formal education and training, as well as licensing.  Consider the critical importance of this work to locations such as museums, historic properties, libraries, and archives.  The phrase “integrated pest management” focuses on preventative techniques and environmental elements that would otherwise encourage or foster pest infestation.  The nature of pest damage to collections and real estate properties can be gradual; it might not be noticed until the effects are devastating.  The nature of fumigation can also cause health concerns if proper protocols are not followed.  Both integrated pest management and early detection take on greater importance in these settings.

The use of a structural pest control expert witness can help the disputing parties come to a settlement since the expert can provide an objective opinion on whether or not pest control protocol has been followed.  He can also make recommendations to remediate the existing pest and damage issue.  The expert might be able to offer a suggestion that can satisfy all parties, such as a non-chemical pest control solution, including heat eradication pest control, and structural repair solutions. Not all pest control operators are qualified as an expert witness, as a litigator, so you should be sure to select a qualified expert with experience and knowledge of all the structural pest control technologies, protocols, and industry standards.

By: Paloma Capanna, Attorney at Law