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ethical question

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnmowerman29, Jul 20, 2002.

  1. lawnmowerman29

    lawnmowerman29 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 34

    Just found out recently that a couple of scrub lco's have been applying chemical to yards without an applicators liscense. What would you do? Both of them low balled me on a couple of bids. Now they are doing things illegally.
  2. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    Call the state pesticide board.

    Never mind their previous business dealings with you.
    That just got your attention.

    They are breaking the law and, most important, possibly harming the environment, and the Green Industry in general.

  3. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    That is a tuff question. Did you ever make an application before you were licensed?
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Is it ethical for them to apply without paying for insurance, training, licenses, taxes?

    I pay my freight and take the training. I have to abide by all state laws. Should they be able to do what they want and undercut me? I have to charge more because I have to pay more to apply.

    I will report any and all that are not licensed and certified.

    If I were you it would have been done yesterday.
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i used to have a different opinion on this matter, but since i got my license, pay the fees, ins, keep the records and so on, i dont care to compete with these "here today, gone tommorow" bums. report them before they hurt somebody.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    There is a fine of several thousand dollars awaiting those boys.

    It's your call as to the ethics of it. If they do not have a licence they may be mis-applying products causing environmental damage as well.

    I think you know what you need to do.
  7. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    Just how big is your town?? You can be correct, but still suffer consequenses (I was born and reared in small town Iowa). You could win the battle but loose the war if your town is small. JD

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