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Is a license required to spray herbicides and funicides for my customers?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Pecker, May 31, 2003.

  1. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    I have a lawn service in Louisiana (commercial and residential). Although I havent' charged for spraying Round-Up or fire - ant killer, I have used these to keep my customers' properties looking great. On another post someone mentioned you have to be licensed to apply chemicals for money. I was unaware of this. Is this true?? If so, what steps do I take to become licensed - who to contact, classes, costs, etc. Also, can you get into trouble or does anyone even monitor this type of thing. Any advice - I've worked hard to build my business and made some major investments and would like to do things right - I take my work seriously. Thanks.
  2. mr.lawnzap

    mr.lawnzap LawnSite Member
    from tulsa
    Messages: 123

    do you need a liscense to apply pesticides? yes (duh) call your state department of agriculture office thell give you all the info you need.
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Look up your state training and regulatory offices here: <a href="http://www.members.aol.com/groundkprs/pesticides/pestregs.html">Pesticide Regulation in USA</a>.

    Some states rigidly enforce pesticide regs. Get started on your licensing ASAP.
  4. Enviro Green

    Enviro Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    LOL, yup, you have to be licensed to apply, just as much for your safety and liability as anything else.

    If you aren't you might have a friend who does apps and you can be a technician for him and be covered if he trusts you. I just toss this out if you aren't doing a lot of apps and have some common sense and he has faith in you.

    Then, after being a tech for a year, you can apply for your own license, or at least that the way it is here.

    Good luck,

  5. ******? How did you come up with that?

    Need a license; YES.

    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    get caught in kentucky with no licence and its a 5000 dollar fine no exceptions
    i was stoped the other day and did not have a spill kit ,,man was he a jerk about it but he didnt fine me

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