Pest Control Applicator Fields and Categories


The following fields and categories are established for the licensing of pest control applicators.

    Aerial

    The use of aircraft for the application of pesticides on standing or running water, rangeland, agricultural crops, forest, idle cropland, and noncropland associated with the production of agricultural crops.

    • (A1) Plant pests- The application of insecticides, miticides, acaricides, fungicides, bactericides and nematicides.
    • (A2) Weeds - The application of herbicides, plant regulators. 

      Agricultural Ground

      The use of ground equipment for the application of pesticides on livestock,  rangeland, agricultural crops, idle cropland and noncropland associated with the production of agricultural crops.

      • (B1) Agriculture plant pests - The application of insecticides, miticides, acaricides, fungicides, batericides and nematicdes.
      • (B2) Weeds - The application of herbicides, plant regulators, desiccants and defoliants.
      • (B3) Vertebrate pests -  The application of various substances on agricultural ground for the control of vertebrate pests, including, without limitation, the use of fumigants for burrowing rodents. This category does not include the control of vertebrate pests in, on or around industrial complexes, institutional complexes, dwelling units or other structures designed for use by humans, or on ornamentals or turf in, on or around such structures.
      • (B4) Soil fumigation - The control of any pest that is present in the soil at the time of treatment, including, without limitation, plant-parasitic nematodes, soil-borne pathogens, weeds and insects.

        Urban and Structural

        The use of ground equipment for the application of pesticides in urban areas and in, on or around structures.

        • (C1) Limited landscape - The control of insect pests, vertebrate pests, and plant diseases and the use of plant regulators on ornamental and turf in urban areas, including without limitation, fruit trees in urban areas if the fruit trees are not used for commercial purposes.
        • (C2) Industrial and Institutional - The control of insect pests and vertebrates pests in, on or around industrial complexes, institutional complexes and dwelling units.
        • (C3) Structural  - The control of wood-destroying pests, inspection for wood-destroying pests and inspection for conditions conducive to infestations of wood-destroying pests.
        • (C4) Fumigation - The use of poisonous and lethal fumigants.
        • (C5) Aquatic - The control of insect pests, weeds and vertebrate pests in aquatic areas that are used or are intended for use in and around industrial complexes, institutional complexes and dwelling units.
        • (C6) Weeds - The control of weeds in the maintenance of landscapes, turf and rights-of-ways, including, without limitation, public roads, power lines, pipelines and railway rights-of-ways. This category does not include the control of aquatic weeds.
        • (C7) Preservation of wood  - The application of pesticides directly to wood or wood products that are not a part of a habitable structure to prevent or control the degradation of the wood or wood product by a wood-destroying organism, including, without limitation, a fungus or bacterium.  

          Government

          • (G1) Invertebrate Aquatic—The control of insects, mites, microorganisms and mollusks, including aquatic snails, that are associated with standing or running water, including, without limitation, any reservoir, lake, river, aquatic cropland and wetland area. 
          • (G2) Invertebrate Terrestrial—The control of insects, mites, microorganisms, snails, slugs and arachnids, excluding the use of fumigation pest control, in any area, including, without limitation, agricultural crops, forests, rights-of-way, ornamental and turf areas, residences, public buildings and grounds, commercial buildings and grounds, disposal sites, animal feed lots and farmsteads, including, without limitation, buildings and transportation equipment and food handling establishments, excluding through the use of fumigation pest control.
          • (G3) Weeds Aquatic—The control of aquatic weed pests in water areas, including, without limitation, canals, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, pipe lines and irrigation district water delivery systems in which the pesticide is applied directly into the water or enters.
          • (G4) Weeds Terrestrial—The control of weeds and ectoparasites, except with the use of fumigants, including cut-stump, plant desiccation and defoliation, in all agricultural crops, fields, forest environments, former agricultural lands, noncroplands, rights-of-way and industrial complexes, including, without limitation, airports, industrial parks and large parking areas, ornamental and turf locations, including, without limitation, golf courses, parks, schools, lawns, yards, gardens, hospitals, vacant lots and open, noncrop waste areas.
          • (G5) Plant diseases—The application of fungicides, bactericides and nematicides, other than soil fumigants, for the purpose of controlling fungus, moss, nonvascular plants, diseases, microorganisms and nematodes in ornamental areas, turf and rights-of-way, including, without limitation, golf courses, parks, schools, lawns, yards, gardens, greenhouses, agricultural crops, fields, forest environments, residences, public buildings, commercial buildings, hospitals, food handling establishments and rest homes.
          • (G6) Vertebrate Aquatic—The application of various substances in aquatic habitats for the control of fish, wildlife and vertebrate pests in aquatic habitats.
          • (G7) Vertebrate Terrestrial—The application of various substances on agricultural ground and fields and in, on or around industrial complexes, institutional complexes, food handling establishments and dwelling units for the control of wildlife and vertebrate pests.
          • (G8) Commodity fumigation—The control of any pest that infests raw agricultural or processed commodities or animal feeds and commodity storage facilities where such commodities are held or stored, including, without limitation, with the use of tarpaulin fumigation and the fumigation of grain elevators, rail cars, truck trailers, vans, aquatic vessels, air and sea containers, other static sealable enclosures, food processing plants, prepared bins, warehouses and beehives and other beekeeping equipment.
          • (G9) Rodent burrow fumigation—Outdoor fumigation for the control of rodents and moles, including, without limitation, marmots, woodchucks, rats, mice, ground squirrels, voles, pocket gophers and chipmunks.
          • (G10) Soil fumigation—The control of any pest that is present in the soil at the time of treatment, including, without limitation, plant-parasitic nematodes, soil-borne pathogens, weeds and insects.