Pascual Hernandez
Pascual Hernandez

Spring is right around the corner, and it will soon be time to control unwanted vegetation.

However, you should know that some chemicals are designated general-use pesticides and can be purchased “over-the-counter” while others are restricted-use pesticides and require a pesticide applicator license.

So, if you’ve considered acquiring an applicator license, here are some things you should know.

Private applicator licenses are required in order to use or supervise the use of restricted or state-limited pesticides or regulated herbicides in the production of agricultural commodities.

For those seeking a pesticide applicator license, there will be training on March 26th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Sutton County Extension Office.

This license is required for the purchase of restricted-use pesticides which cannot be purchased “over-the-counter”.

This license is good for 5 years.

By the way, it’s not all about using pesticides. Integrated pest management (IPM) is also discussed.

IPM is a pest population management system that anticipates and prevents pests from causing damage.

Components of IPM include pest identification, monitoring, use of natural enemies, growing pest-resistant plants, as well as cultural and structural changes.

The intent of IPM is to use tactics that include pesticide alternatives that reduce the total amount of pesticides used thereby lessening the opportunity for pests to develop resistance.

Other topics discussed will include Personal Protective Equipment; Transporting and Storing Pesticides; Mixing and Loading Pesticides; Cleaning Up Pesticide Spills; Applying Pesticides; Application, Equipment, and Calibration; and more.

Call 387-3101 if interested so that manuals can be ordered for you.

Please order by March 20th to allow time for delivery.

The cost for training & manuals is $50.