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This week in the Friday Five, we will be answering your most commonly asked question for the states of Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina: “Do I need a license to commercially apply 25(b) – Natural products – in my state?” As a reminder, your state and local regulators are the only people who can give you the definitive correct answer as to which license is required. Please use this blog and our webpage as guidance to help you investigate your relevant laws, regulations, and rules.
Check out the answers to these five states!
Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Florida?
Yes. In the state of Florida you will need a license to apply any pest control. To put it simply, anyone who performs commercial pest control using any product or device must be licensed, and may only use pesticides that are registered by the state of Florida. Reference Chapter 482 under the Florida Statute of the Florida Structural Control Act for more detailed information.
Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Indiana?
The answer is yes. If you will be spraying for hire, at a school, or on a golf course, you will need a license in the State of Indiana. So if you plan on applying natural mosquito control on a yard or treating a tick nest at a school and you are getting paid, you will need a license. For any questions, view this list of contacts at the Office of Indiana State Chemist to find who to reach out to!
Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Michigan?
In Michigan, you will need a license in order to apply pesticides, regardless if they are 25(b) exempt or not. Those that apply pesticides for a commercial purpose are required to be certified or registered as pesticide applicators. Along with that, commercial applicator businesses are required to obtain a commercial pesticide applicator business license for each place of business.
Applicators and businesses that apply pesticides for hire must be licensed in the appropriate categories for that specific type of application. View this document that explains which categories you should be licensed in.
Find out how to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator and how to obtain your Pesticide Applicator Business License by following the respective links.
Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Pennsylvania?
The state of Pennsylvania does require licensing for performing all pesticide applications, regardless if the product is a 25(b) exempt – Natural product – or not. Visit Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s page for more information on how to become certified.
Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in South Carolina?
If you are going to be performing any pest control activities in South Carolina in any of their mandatory categories (3, 5, 7A, 7B, 8 of this list of categories), you must be a licensed applicator. Check out the Clemson University’s Pesticide Regulation page to find out how to obtain your commercial pesticide license in South Carolina.
Share your thoughts on these states’ requirements, or add any questions/comments in the comments section below! Also, feel free to let us know if you see any errors in factual information.
Thanks for following the Friday Five. See you again next week!