Indoor Pest Applications - Homeowner Rights & Responsibilities
As a homeowner know what to look for when you hire a pest control business for indoor pest control and know the types of information that you can get from the company you hire.
How to Choose a Pesticide Application Business
When you begin your search for a pesticide application business for indoor pest control, we suggest that you ask the prospective company the following questions:
- Does the company have a current pesticide application business license, issued by the State of Wisconsin?
- Are all of their applicators currently licensed and certified by the State?
- Do their applicators receive additional or ongoing training in pest identification, pest behavior and various pest control methods?
- Will the applicators regularly inspect and monitor for the pests to determine the severity of the infestation?
- Will the applicators first try non-pesticide control methods such as improvements in housekeeping or maintenance?
- If pesticides are needed, will the applicators select the least toxic products?
- If pesticides are needed, what will they do to minimize the tenants' exposure to pesticides?
Your Right to Information
Once you select and contract with a pest control business, you will be given an option to receive certain written information before the business makes a pesticide application. To protect yourself, we recommend that you request this pre-application information.
If requested, you will be told before the pesticide application:
- The brand name, the product name or common chemical name of each pesticide that may be used.
- A copy of the pesticide label for each pesticide that may be applied.
- The planned date of the application.
- The name, business address and telephone number of a person who could provide further information about the pesticide application.
After a pesticide treatment, applicators must provide the following information to the person contracting their services:
- Full name and license number of the pesticide applicator(s).
- Specific area treated.
- Date and approximate starting and ending time of the application.
- Brand name, product name or common chemical name and the federal Environmental Protection Agency's registration number for each pesticide applied.
- Amount of pesticide used and area treated or the concentration and total quantity of each pesticide applied.
- Any needed post-application precautions such as how long to stay out of the treated area or how to clean counters, dishes or floors.
- A free copy of the pesticide label or notice that one is available on request.
Questions or Problems
If you believe that a pesticide has been improperly applied or did not receive the proper information or if you suspect a problem, call 608-224-4500 or send an email.