License Is A Must For Lawn Care, Pest Control

The owner of the licensed company can supervise an unlimited number of employees. Although not every individual using chemicals needs to be licensed, the person must have an identification card issued by the state Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Entomology. To get any pesticide license, the person must take classes, an exam and show proof of insurance. Unlicensed pest-control operators should never be used. According to the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control, most unlicensed people or companies do not have insurance. If pesticides are misused, cleaning up the contamination can be expensive and not worth the few dollars you saved with an unlicensed company. Some unlicensed pest-control operators require a customer to pay in advance for a year's service. The Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control receives many complaints that the person then disappears with the cash. Be suspicious if anyone asks you to make your check out to "cash" or to them personally. Don't give "under the table payments" to avoid taxes or for any other reason. The Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control requires that vehicles used for pest control be marked on both sides with the licensee's registered business name. Always check to see if a vehicle is marked. The state issues a numbered pest-control business license to all active pest control companies annually. You could ask the company to give you a copy of this document. A licensed landscaper with the limited commercial landscape maintenance license, that does not operate a pest control business, must show its certification license upon request. Licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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