Pest Prevention

Program Mission Statement:

To protect the environment, consumers and producers of Agricultural products in San Luis Obispo County by preventing the introductions or establishment of exotic pests and diseases.

The Pest Prevention program is mandated by the California Food and Agricultural Code to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of exotic pests and plant diseases in California. This protects agriculture, cities, suburbs and native habitat from pests foreign to California.

Pest Exclusion

  • Prevents the introduction and establishment of exotic pests
  • Assists exporters of agricultural products
  • Limits the spread of newly discovered pests

Pest Detection

  • Searches for and traps exotic pests throughout the county
  • Educates the public about the risk of new pest infestations

Pest Eradication

  • Eliminates newly introduced pests from a limited area
  • Regulates infested properties to prevent further spread of pests

Foreign Animal Diseases

  • Assists other agencies in prevention and response

Related Services

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter/Pierce's Disease Control Program
Insect Trapping
Nursery License
Pest Exclusion Inspections
Phytosanitary Export Certificates
Seed Certification

Current Job Openings in the Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures

Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is seeking an Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer who is an exceptional leader, approachable and responsive, an excellent communicator, is a community and peer collaborator, and holds him/herself and others to the highest standards.

More Info

Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is currently recruiting for one full-time, permanent status Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee.  The Trainee is an entry level position working under the direct supervision of the program deputy to perform inspection work within specialized programs that support and protect businesses and consumers.

More Info

Pest Detection Trapper

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is accepting applications for temporary/seasonal Pest Detection Trappers.  Incumbents perform trapping activities for insects not known to occur in California and other pest prevention activities in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California.

More Info