Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014
Pesticides are dangerous; we all know that—especially the commercial use pesticides applied by the professionals to control unwanted pests and weeds; if not properly applied and handled, the adverse repercussions could be serious. During my 15 years as a lawn care service professional, I observed companies flying below the radar, everyday performing dangerous practices at their customers’ properties. This typically occurs when a homeowner contracts the guy mowing the lawn to also spray for weeds, or treat for insect infestation. This can be dangerous if the lawn care guy doesn't have the proper training and licenses in place. Lawn mowing and lawn care are two different disciplines.
Why is it important for your service provider to have the property license in place? Obtaining a license or charter to apply pesticides is a rigorous process for the lawn care professional. The company will have to pass an extensive set of exams, making sure they have the knowledge base for proper application and safety; the company will also have to implement and maintain a proper level of insurance. That’s just the beginning; in most jurisdictions they will be subject to at a minimum annual inspection by the state to check record keeping, proper safety procedures, and any violations. Should the company receive too many complaints or violations, they will lose their license; this is a good function to hold service providers accountable, and make them, overall, better professionals for their customers. In addition to all this, the company and its technicians will have to undergo continuing education, and re-certification. This is all to protect the environment and the public. These checks and regulations make sure the companies and technicians applying pesticides are qualified and properly following the laws and regulations
So how do you know if the company servicing your lawn or your neighbor’s property has the proper licenses in place? Here are a few ways to find out:
There will be several quality, licensed services providers in your area to keep your lawn and landscape in top notch shape; don’t risk your lawn or potentials or family’s safety by working with a company flying below the radar. Should you find a contractor performing or soliciting lawn care services that uses chemical applications, it would be prudent to report them to your governing agency. The agency will give them an initial warning and then take action should the unlicensed contractor persist. This is necessary for public safety, and the service provider will also be better for it.
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