I know there is a thread going on about illegal applicators, but it's going on 9 pages now.. Today, I decided to inquire about turning in my friend, who applies illegally, for years now. I tell him all the time to stop, and get licensed...he just shoves me off thinking he's better than the law. I think he needs a "threat" from the state. Mind you, he only does pre-emergent in the spring, and backpacks with weed killer that you buy at Home Depot. Regardless, it's against the law. I called the state today, told her (very nice lady) the story. She immediately asked: "Why don't you sub for him?" I got the impression that she doesn't care? I replied that I refuse to sub for him, his paperwork would be a joke, and it'll just be a big PITA. To keep me anonymous on this complaint, our story would be that a neighbor saw him treating a lawn and didn't post, in which the neighbor called the state and questioned this applicator. She thought it was a good plan, she then asked: "Are his trucks marked?" me - "no" "Does he do commercial properties?" me - "no" Apparently she wants proof that it was HIM, treating a property caught in the act, and most likely a residential customer would have loyalty to him and stick up for him and say he's not doing any pesticide work. She doesn't want to waste one of her inspector's time to send him out on an artificial complaint hoping that residential customer would be truthful and comply with the inspector. Our state has three (3).. yes 3...inspectors. She asked "where does he get his product?" I replied "mostly at lesco in the town of XXX" She replied that she can get the records from lesco that has his history, so that's a plus. I have to get an address of a lawn I know he treats, and give it to her, so she can write up this artificial complaint and send an inspector out. To sum it up: 1. It's difficult to turn someone in. 2. The state only follows up on complaints. If they dont think it's a waste of their time. 3. Anyone can apply pesticides illegally and not be worried (in my state). Sad but true.