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Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/

IPM Certification Programs for Pest Control Companies


Have you wanted to hire a "green" pest control company, but were confused about who was really "green"? In recent years several IPM certification programs for structural IPM (in other words, for managing pests found in and around structures, such as ants, yellowjackets, cockroaches, rats and mice) have been developed to help consumers make more informed decisions.

Below are links to the 3 programs that exist in the U.S. Each has a list of certified practitioners.

  • EcoWise Certified was the first structural IPM certification program in the country. It was developed in the Bay Area and is an independent 3rd party certification program, which means it is not connected to any industry trade groups.
  • Green Shield Certified is administered from Madison, WI and is also an independent 3rd party certification program.
  • GreenPro Certified is an industry certification program administered by the National Pest Management Association.