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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by leeslawncare, Oct 2, 2000.
What are some examples of restricted use pesticides?
In New Hampshire, any one using "Restricted" pesticides must be certified and licienced by the state requiring 5 year's of supervised experience under someone who is alrealy certified, if you have a degree you are only required to have 3 yr's experience and then you must pass the exam as well as attend lectures, talks etc to maintain so many required credits to maintain your certification.
There are 2 classifications, "Private/Residential"-use of restricted pesticides to produce agricultural commodities or to be used on own property or rented property by himself or employee, and "Commercial"-any applicator applying pesticides except as defined in private/residental application of pesticides. There are 10 diffrent commercial categories for commercial applicators. Ag pest, Forest pest, ornamental & turf, seed treatment, aquatic pest , right of way, industrial-institutional-structural and health, public health pest and regulatory pest control.
Most landscapers are categorized in ornamental & turf control. Very difficult to become commercially licenced here in NH, but required to apply. I use a comercial contractor who is licenced that way I am not liable for any thing and it is much easier and a lot less headache
Restricted use pesticides in Maryland, can only be sold and applied by licensed and insured applicator who has met the minimum educational requirements. Restricted use pesticides may include products where active ingredient contains carbamates and/or organophosphates. I bet there are many others out there that I don't know about.
While it may not seem like a big deal to spray a little Roundup, in Maryland, it not worth the fines and penalties. The first offense is $2,500 and up to one year in jail. Subsequent offenses start at $5,000 and jail time.
And, God forbid a pesticide spill on a public access road, not only will the MD Dept of Agriculture fine you, then the Dept of Transportaion, EPA, the folks that run the Reclamation and Recovery Act are now in your business, too. Oh yeah, if you or one of your helpers become sick from cleaning a spill, OSHA is then involved. Not a pretty financial situation to be in.