Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014
Updated: February 8th, 2018
Pesticides are even more dangerous when applied commercially.
This is why pesticides should only be applied by businesses holding a Pesticide Applicator License.
No doubt about it, If not properly applied there pesticides could cause serious consequences.
During my 15 years as a lawn care service professional, I have observed companies flying below the radar.
This typically occurs when a homeowner contracts lawn mowing guy to also spray for weeds, or treat for insect infestation.
Unless using natural solutions, hiring someone without proper training and licenses in place could be dangerous.
Most people don't know this... Lawn mowing, and lawn care are two different disciplines.
So why exactly, is it so important for your lawn service provider to have the property license in place before spraying dangerous pesticides and herbicides?
And how do you get a professional pesticide applicator.
Let’s find out...
As if that weren't enough, if a company receives too many complaints or violations, they will lose their license.
This is an essential function to hold service providers accountable, and make them overall better professionals for their customers.
This is all to protect the environment and the public, and for your kids sake. These checks and regulations make sure the companies and technicians applying pesticides are qualified and properly following the laws and regulations.
Heres the Deal: I would strongly encourage asking to the see the certification for the actual applicator conducting the services at your property.
Many large scale organizations have high turnover and do not keep their employees long. I have spoken with many customers over the years about their experiences working with large scale companies. In many cases, they would see 4 or 5 different applicators in a given year.
It is often the case that a new technician will be hired and begin training to pass the applicator test. In many cases he will not remain with the company long enough to get the certification card.
The company will then hire another tech, throw him out in the field, and the cycle continues.
Having a licensed applicator is just as critical, as the company being properly licensed. The technician at your property is actually performing the work, it is imperative that he has been trained on proper safety and application and that he be verified by your state.
There will be several quality, licensed services providers in your area to keep your lawn and landscape in top notch shape.
Should you find a contractor performing lawn care services include chemical applications, it may 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.
As it turns out, this is necessary for public safety, and the service provider will also be better for it.
You can learn more about Pesticide Applicator Licensing here
If you don't want to use pesticides try these organic solutions.
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