In addition to the definitions set out in the Structural Pest
Control Act, Chapter 1951, Texas Occupations Code, the following words,
names, and terms shall have the below meanings for this subchapter,
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Adjacent--An area having a common wall, ceiling,
(2) Apprentice registration--A registration by a commercial
or noncommercial business entity of an individual who is training
and/or performing structural pest control services for the business.
(3) Area of common access--An area that an individual
is likely to be present in or at on a regular basis, such as a building
entranceway, mailboxes, laundry rooms, beverage machines, building
bulletin boards, hallways, etc.
(4) Calendar year--January 1 to December 31.
(5) Category--A type of structural pest control that
an individual licensee or business licensee is authorized to perform.
(6) Chairman--An individual elected by members of the
Structural Pest Control Advisory Committee to preside over meetings.
(7) Committee--The Structural Pest Control Advisory
Committee. An eleven-member committee appointed by the Commissioner,
whose responsibility is to gather information and advise the Commissioner
and the Department on the business of structural pest control.
(8) Course provider--The person, company, or organization
that compiles, organizes, writes and/or produces category specific
training or continuing education courses.
(9) Department--The Texas Department of Agriculture.
(10) Household--Residential structure occupied or intended
for occupancy by a single individual, cohabitating individuals, or
(11) Inactive license--A license for which certification
requirements have been maintained, but technicians and certified applicators
are prohibited from legally engaging in structural pest control services,
advertising, or solicitation.
(12) Infest--To exist in, on, around or invade a structure
in a manner that may limit the use or enjoyment of, or cause harm
or damage to: households, railroad cars, ships, docks, trucks, airplanes,
or other structures, or its contents, or its inhabitants, including
any humans or pets; pests, unwanted plants, or diseases of trees,
shrubs, or other plantings in a park or adjacent to a residence, business
establishment, industrial plant, institutional building or street.
(13) Integrated Pest Management (IPM)--A pest management
strategy that relies on multiple pest control tactics, including the
judicious use of pesticides, informed by accurate identification and
scientific knowledge of pests, reliable monitoring methods to assess
pest presence, preventative measures to avoid pest infestations, and
thresholds to determine when corrective control measures are needed.
(14) Obnoxious and undesirable animals or plants--Animals
or weeds as defined in §1951.003 of the Occupations Code, that
limit the use or enjoyment or cause harm or damage of any type to
people, pets, structures, landscapes, or the environment. Animals
excluded from this definition are members of the Order Primates, hoofed
mammals, members of Family Ursidae, members of the Genus Felis, members
of the Genus Canis, domestic livestock, ratites, gallinaceous birds
(15) Occupations Code--Unless otherwise specified,
all references shall be to the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1951.
(16) Other noncommercial entity--Any workplace with
three (3) or more full-time employees.
(17) Physically present--Face-to-face contact at a
(18) Self-study course--A self-study, online or electronic
course taken for the purpose of continuing education or training.
(19) SPCA--Structural Pest Control Act, Texas Occupations
Code, Chapter 1951.
(20) TPCL--Texas Pest Control License.
(21) Vice-Chairman--An individual elected by members
of the Structural Pest Control Advisory Committee to preside over
meetings in the absence of the Chairman.
(22) WDIR--Texas Official Wood Destroying Insect Report.
(23) Work location--Anywhere structural pest control
services are performed or where a meeting is being held for the purpose
of supervision or training (job site/classroom).
(24) Workplace--Any non-residence structure with three
or more full-time paid employees that is treated by a licensed business
or a certified noncommercial applicator.