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MDARD Offers Tips on Choosing a Pesticide Applicator
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As colder weather forces Michigan residents to spend more time indoors, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recommends consumers consult with a licensed pesticide application firm if they believe they have a pest problem.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Jennifer Holton at 517-241-2485 or holtonj@michigan.gov

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As colder weather forces Michigan residents to spend more time indoors, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recommends consumers consult with a licensed pesticide application firm if they believe they have a pest problem.

“A firm should be licensed in Category 7A/General Pest Management to apply pesticides in or around a consumer’s home,” said Gina Alessandri, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management (PPPM) Division Director. “A firm licensed in this category will be familiar with a variety of pests and proper removal methods.”

When choosing a licensed pesticide application firm, consumers should:

  • Check that the firm is licensed by MDARD.
  • Learn more about the pest and pest problem.
  • Ask friends, co-workers, and neighbors for recommendations.
  • Ask the company for references and never rely on an advertising or a sales pitch.

If a consumer does not consult with a licensed application firm and decides to apply their own pesticides, MDARD urges people to exercise caution when doing so.

“When applying a pesticide, consumers should read all of the directions on the label,” said Alessandri. “Make sure the pesticide is intended for the site being treated and never use a pesticide indoors that is recommended for outdoor use.”

PPPM is responsible for overseeing the appropriate use of pesticides in Michigan including enforcement, certification, registration, and worker protection standards.

To view a list of licensed pesticide businesses by county, visit http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/2-13-12_2012rptWebAlphaByCounty_376529_7.pdf. For more information regarding proper pesticide use, visit www.Michigan.gov/mdard.