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Illegal Applicators

Fox Fire

LawnSite Member
Location
zone 7
Can someone answer this question? What do you do about people using chemicals illegaly. I mean the ones that are running around using roundup,pre-emergents,post-emergents etc. Stuff they buy down at the home depot. I guess what I'm getting at, is I am having to compete aginst these guys for business. This is my first year in the lawn care business as a business owner. 100% legal:confused: in every way, and it cost me money and time. It is a pain in the butt to have to see these guys on a daily basis and know they are doing business illegaly.
 

Victor

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Duluth, MN
Call your local Dept. of Agriculture office and report them. They'd love to know about anyone who's doing illegal apps.
 

Ric

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
S W Florida
Can someone answer this question? What do you do about people using chemicals illegaly. I mean the ones that are running around using roundup,pre-emergents,post-emergents etc. Stuff they buy down at the home depot. I guess what I'm getting at, is I am having to compete aginst these guys for business. This is my first year in the lawn care business as a business owner. 100% legal:confused: in every way, and it cost me money and time. It is a pain in the butt to have to see these guys on a daily basis and know they are doing business illegaly.
Fox Fire

Unfortunately about the only thing you can do is Jump up and down and Scream. It has been my experience the Wage slaves in the dept of Ag are happy chasing after the legal guys who's names and address they already have.
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
We have a guy here that is aggressive. He gave me his cell phone number and told me don't EVEN hesitate to call.
 

turf hokie

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Metro NY
I don't snitch , never
Yeah, because that helps keep food on the table.

Call the DEC or your governing agency. Our guys will usually get there pretty quickly. All we need is a license plate and address where they are.
 

Smallaxe

LawnSite Fanatic
I have worked a single neighborhood for over 20 years. I don't do herbicides in my neighborhood, they bring in Chem-Lawn for that, or do it them selves. That may change however in that I don't like Chem-Lawn in my neighborhood any more.
How much trouble is it to become liscenced in Wisconsin? I get the feeling it is not worth the hassle because there is no real competition for Chem-Lawn.
 

buddhaman

LawnSite Member
Location
North Central WI
Where in central WI are you from smallaxe? I am also in central WI. I do not have certifications to spray pesticides. I have had rival companies call and turn me in for spraying pesticides when I haven't sprayed. I sub all my spraying out. Disgruntled because they lost some jobs to me. The guy did follow up on the call though.
 

The mayor

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
East Troy Wi
How do you even know the persons are doing apps illegally. I wish I had the time to run around checking up on people...but I don't.
 

turf hokie

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Metro NY
How do you even know the persons are doing apps illegally. I wish I had the time to run around checking up on people...but I don't.
Need to have stickers on each side of the truck to show that you have your license. Very easy to see the stickers or not.
 
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