Delaware residents should ask pesticide contractors for their state pesticide business license before hiring them, state agricultural officials advise.
Under Delaware law, anyone applying either restricted-use or general pesticides to someone else’s land or property must be certified and licensed by the Department of Agriculture.
Pesticide business license holders must submit a surety bond or liability insurance policy and hold commercial applicator certification, which includes passing an exam. All employees applying pesticides must be registered with the department and complete a training program.
Businesses licensed for application for ornamental and turf, health-related, industrial, general pest control, fumigation, and other categories must identify their service vehicles with the company name and license number in bold and readable numbers.
Residents with questions can call the Pesticide Management Section at (302) 698-4571, and can also look up pesticide business licenses at www.kellysolutions.com.