Which license(s) do I need to apply 25(b) - Natural products - commercially in my state?

If you are a pest control professional, you likely already have all your necessary licenses to operate in your state. However, if you are new to the pest control industry, you might be curious what licenses are required in your specific state.

In some instances, Natural products require the same licenses as conventional synthetic pesticides. In other states, however, the rules for Natural products are different.

The following list is our best effort to collect the information as we understand it today. These are not the official rules from the state. 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 webpage and it’s links as guidance to help you investigate your relevant laws, regulations, and rules. Stay tuned as we continue to update this list! 

Alabama

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Alabama? 

If you are applying 25(b) Natural products in Alabama you will need a license, and might have to follow some extra steps. Here is an explanation of what I mean. From the Alabama Professional Services rules 80-10-9, pest control work where an individual or company is providing their services for hire is considered Professional Services work and the person or company must first obtain proper certification and then apply for an annual license. 

If you are applying Stop the Bites! Mosquito and Tick, or any mosquito and tick control, this type of control falls under Alabama’s Household Pest Control category. This means the person applying will be required to be examined and obtain proper certification for that type of work along with getting a business license to perform said work. 

Alaska

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) - Natural products - for commercial services in Alaska?

The short answer is yes, you need a license. In Alaska, state regulations 18-AAC-90.300 requires you to be a Certified Pest Applicator for commercial application. This means if you use, or supervise, the use of pesticides on property other than your own, it is considered “custom, commercial, or contract” application and requires certification. This regulation applies to all pesticides, whether they are 25(b) or not! 

Arkansas

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Arkansas?

The answer is yes. As a commercial pest control applicator, you must be licensed. Below is part of the Arkansas Pest Control Program:

“Pest control service” means any person who, for compensation, gives advice or engages in work to prevent, control, or repel arthropods, mammals, birds, reptiles, or wood-damaging or wood-destroying organisms that may invade or infest homes, other buildings, or similar structures and shall include arthropods, mammals, birds, reptiles, weeds, and plant diseases that may invade, infest, or infect shade trees, shrubs, lawns, turf, and pecan groves. This term shall also include any person who issues letters of clearance, or who shall solicit such work in any manner, but the term shall not be construed to include agricultural crops from planting to harvest other than those mentioned above;” 

California

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in California?

In California, regardless of if an individual is applying a FIFRA 25(b) exempt product, the products are still pesticides and individuals for hire are still subject to the Department of Pesticide Regulations licensing requirements. 

This means that if an individual is going to spray mosquito treatment in your yard for hire – or any form of pest control – that person must possess a DPR Pest Control Business (PCB) License. In addition, the PCB must have an individual responsible at each business location to supervise the operations of the business. This supervising individual must possess a DPR Qualified Applicator License (QAL) and hold the appropriate pest control category(ies) for pest control activities conducted by the PCB.

Check out the Pest Control Business License Packet which includes all of the requirements and information for getting your license in California. 

Connecticut

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Connecticut? 

Yes, you do. Any pesticides applied commercially in the state of Connecticut require a certification for the applicator, as well as a business registration. This applies to all pesticides, including 25(b) (like Stop the Bites!), organic, and conventional products. 

Check out the Pertinent Pesticides Statutes and Regulations for the state of Connecticut for the exact rules. 

Delaware

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Delaware?

Yes, you do! If you are applying a Natural product or any pesticide as part of a business, you need a pesticide business license in the State of Delaware. The Pesticide Law in the State of Delaware Code goes into great detail of the law. 

Florida

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.

Georgia

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Georgia? 

Yes, you do. In Georgia you must have a Category 41 Commercial Applicators license in order to apply pesticides, even if it is a 25(b) product! Visit this page on the University of Georgia Extension website for more information! 

Idaho

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Idaho? 

The short answer is yes. All persons that perform professional pesticide application (commercial applications) need to have the appropriate pesticide license and in the correct categories. The type of pesticide does not matter; if the person is applying the pesticide for compensation, then they need to have a professional Idaho pesticide applicator license along other requirements.

Those requirements are outlined in the administrative rules: IDAPA 02.03.03. Check them out for more details!

Indiana

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! 

Iowa

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Iowa? 

In the state of Iowa, if you will be spraying pesticides for hire, you must have a license and a certification. That means if you are going to do a mosquito treatment in someone’s yard, or spray a property for ticks, or apply pesticides to rid of any pests, you must have a license. See how to obtain your Applicator License and Certification on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website. 

Kentucky

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Kentucky?

Kentucky, like many other states, does require you to have a pest control license if you are applying a pesticide commercially. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Branch states that “All commercial pest control companies must have an operator’s license and be registered to legally perform work in Kentucky.” In order to apply pesticides in daycares, schools, hosptals, etc., you will need additional certification. See this page on the Kentucky Dept. of Ag website for detailed information! 

Louisiana

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Louisiana? 

In the state of Louisiana, you will need a license and certification in order to apply any pesticide for a fee. The Pesticide Licensing and Certification page on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s website has all the info you need to know on pest control licensing in their state!  

Maine

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Maine? 

Yes. Applicators of 25(b) products and all pesticides must be licensed if they plan on providing a service for which compensation is received. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry has done an excellent job putting together a very informational website with this information. Learn all about the Board of Pesticide’s Licensing and Certification rules

Michigan

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. 

Minnesota

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Minnesota?

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” does require a pest control license. Regardless if the product is 25(b) or not, anytime a pesticide is applied, the applicator must have the appropriate license. 

Check out the Minnesota Statute 18B.33 for a detailed explanation. Also be sure to visit this website for more information on a Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.  

Mississippi

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Mississippi?

Yes. The State of Hospitality requires you to have a pest control license to commercially apply (even for natural products). The Mississippi Statutes outline the law in great detail. Check it out!

Missouri

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Missouri?

You indeed will need a license in the state of Missouri. Regardless of the status of the product, an individual applying pesticides for hire will need a commercial applicator license.

Check out the Commercial Applicator page on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website to find out what steps you need to take to get your license. 

New Jersey

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in New Jersey?

You don’t need a license in New Jersey for Stop the Bites or any 25(b) exempt product! This can be confusing because the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rule states If you apply pesticides “for hire” in New Jersey, State law requires that your business obtain a Pesticide Applicator Business License. However, since our product is a 25(b) exempt product, we were told that applicators do not need a license to apply our product professionally. 

New York

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in New York?

Yes, in New York you will need a license to apply 25(b) products. Since applying these products is a commercial application of a pesticide, it requires certification.

In New York City and eight other New York State counties, The New York City Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law requires commercial pesticide applicators to provide written notice to neighboring residents at least 48 hours before applying lawn pesticide.

Some of you may ask “does the New York Local Law 36 apply to me if I am using 25(b) Natural products?” The answer is no! Applicators applying pesticides classified by the EPA as exempt materials under 40 CFR Part 152.25 (which are 25(b) products) do not need to provide written notice to the neighbors of where you are applying. This information sheet includes all the common questions asked about the New York City Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law. Check it out! 

North Carolina

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in North Carolina? 

Do you notice a trend? If not, the answer is yes, you will need a license. North Carolina states that if you will be applying any pesticide for hire, you need to have a commercial applicator license. Specifically, if you will be spraying to rid of mosquitoes and ticks, you will need that license under the public health category.

For information on certification on licensing, visit the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website. 

Oklahoma

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Oklahoma?  

For a short answer, yes you do. The State of Oklahoma requires you to have a pest control license if you are going to charge for your services. 

For the longer answer, check out the Oklahoma Combined Pesticide Laws and Rules

Pennsylvania

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. 

South Carolina

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. 

Virginia

Do I need a license to apply 25(b) – Natural products – for commercial services in Virginia?

In Virginia, the FIFRA 25(b) exemption does not matter when it comes to licensing requirements. An applicator in Virginia would need to have Commercial Pesticide Applicator or Registered Technician certification in order to be eligible to apply the product for hire. Visit this page on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences’ website for details on eligibility for a commercial applicator license. 

Share your thoughts on the 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. 
If you don’t see your state, stay tuned! We will be continuing to make updates to this page as we receive more information.
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