DEP: Pest-control company fined $495K for violations at McDonald’s restaurants in Middlesex

NEPTUNE – The owner and operator of a pest control company that sprayed pesticides at two Middlesex County McDonald’s restaurants has been fined $495,000 for violations, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Vincent K. Taylor and his Zapp Termite & Pest Control company “committed numerous violations warranting revocation of his commercial pesticide applicator license,” the DEP stated in a 33-page enforcement order. The violations allegedly occurred in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, according to the DEP.

The company used pesticides at McDonald’s restaurants on Route 9 in Woodbridge and South Amboy in 2012, according to the DEP’s findings.

No illness or injuries were reported.

“The records obtained on May 3, 2012 showed that Respondents applied the pesticide Phantom, active ingredient Chlorfenapyr, (at the restaurants) within less than 28 days from the previous application,” the notice states.

Zapp owner Vincent K. Taylor, reached by phone on Monday, declined to comment.

Click here for the DEP enforcement order.