Controversial Proposal To Require Registration Of Pesticide Users

A proposal will require exterminators, landscapers and companies that use pesticides on farms, lawns and pest control services to register annually with the state Department of Agriculture and pay a fee that has not yet not been determined as of this time. According to companies that are using pesticides, this is a ploy to impose another layer of taxation on an industry that is already heavily regulated.

According to Ted Brayton, owner of Griggs & Browne Pest Control in Abington and president of New England Pest Management Association, the requirements to register are all about money. Most of the pest control companies in the state comply with state and federal laws and they should not be required to pay more to fund the state’s enforcement of laws against irresponsible operators. The state is going after the wrong people; they should direct their efforts towards unlicensed operators.

Based on the laws of the state, those who use pesticides, not companies they work for are regulated. They are required to pay licensing fees that range from $75 to $750 a year. There are only 3 inspectors who are responsible for monitoring the use of pesticides in the state.

Once a complaint is made, the pesticide board can refer the complaint to the office of the attorney general for the fines and penalties that include revocation of the license. The money that is being used for the enforcement of pesticide regulations come from a $400,000 federal grant.

Pesticide companies that sell their products to farmers are required to register. On the other hand, the farmers who will use unlicensed applicators will be subjected to hefty fines. In simple words, farmers can be fined if they do business with unregistered companies. The state however has a poor track record for monitoring toxic pesticides and undertaking enforcement of its own regulations.

The most important criteria when choosing pest control in Perth is to determine whether they are using environmentally friendly approach in pest control. It is also very important to make sure that the products used for the extermination of pests will not be harmful to the health of humans and pets.