An exterminator whom authorities say used a banned pesticide in treating a Vermont couple's home for bed bugs will pay a $70,000 penalty and surrender his pesticide license in a settlement with the state.
Last year, Neil and Patricia Whitney of Rutland reached a $450,000 settlement with the state agency that hired the exterminator, Cary Buck of North Clarendon, who runs AAA Accredited Pest Control Corp. The couple said their home was made uninhabitable after it was sprayed with the federally banned pesticide, chlorpyrifos in 2012.
Buck denied using chlorpyrifos; officials said they found overwhelming evidence he had used it. His license was suspended in 2013.
Under the settlement, Buck won't seek employment with any other pesticide application company and will lawfully dispose of all pesticides and equipment he has.