07/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2021 10:31
Find licensed companies online at Michigan.gov/MosquitoControlBusiness
LANSING, MI - After explosion of mosquito populations across the state, many Michiganders are turning to pesticides to combat these annoying pests. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising the public to avoid falling victim to scams and illegitimate businesses, and to only hire licensed mosquito control companies. A list of companies licensed to control mosquitoes in Michigan can be found at Michigan.gov/MosquitoControlBusiness.
Businesses offering pest control services such as mosquito spraying must be licensed by MDARD, and they must employ applicators who have passed MDARD's pesticide proficiency examinations. Pest control businesses must also meet minimum experience requirements, carry liability insurance, and may only apply pesticides registered by MDARD.
'Licensed mosquito control companies and their certified applicators have demonstrated they have the knowledge to use pesticides safely and effectively,' said Brian Verhougstraete, MDARD's Pesticide Section Manager. 'Utilizing properly licensed and certified applicators protects public health while these professionals work to keep mosquitoes in check around your home.'
Along with finding licensed firms, MDARD's website provides consumers with information about what to look for when hiring a mosquito control company. Before making an application, all licensed companies are required to specify an approximate schedule, frequency, and duration of their services.
Consumers should be aware that pest control businesses are legally required to obtain their consent before making a pesticide application and must provide the following information:
'Consumers should do their homework before choosing a mosquito control service, especially when those services are being advertised on social media,' added Verhougstraete.
Other steps to take to safely reduce mosquito populations include:
For more information on MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, visit Michigan.gov/MDARD.