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Pesticides and Alternatives

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is the state agency that regulates pesticides and is responsible for compliance assistance, public outreach activities and, enforcement of the requirements in the Environmental Conservation Law.

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Pesticides On Pets - Products intended to kill or control pests on pets, such as many used by professional pet groomers, are considered pesticides. Read more about DEC registered pesticides and pet grooming pesticide applicator certification on the Pet Groomers and Pesticide Products page.

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Nesting/Stinging Insects - Bzzzzzz....The Department has issued new guidance (PDF) (71 KB) to address the appropriate category/subcategory for the control of bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects nesting in the grounds, trees, or shrubs.

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Mosquito Control - Visit the Mosquito Control page to help with the control of mosquitoes that are vectors for diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and Zika virus. Information including pesticide products and commercial application requirements/categories can be found on this webpage.

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Cooling Towers - Hot weather season is upon us. Visit the Cooling Tower page to make sure you and/or your company are in compliance to make pesticidal applications to cooling towers.

Lake Pleasant, New York
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Aquatic Pesticides - Visit the Aquatic Pesticides page to find the information on controlling aquatic pests. Determine what type of permit is required to make aquatic pesticide applications to water bodies. Find and download the updated application package including the new downstream modeling spreadsheet.

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Organic Landscaping - Visit the Be Green Organic Yards NY page to find businesses that meet DEC's criteria for organic management of lawns and to learn more about sustainable landscaping. Businesses can learn how to become a Be Green Business.

Contact Us

The Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section can be contacted at 518-402-8748 or

The Pesticide Product Registration Section can be contacted at 518-402-8768 or

The Pesticide Compliance Section can be contacted at 518-402-8727 or

For questions regarding The Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL), call 518-402-8748 or email

PesticidesUpdates Listserv

The PesticidesUpdates list is for NYSDEC to provide the list members with information announcements only.

Sign up for the PesticidesUpdates e-mail notification listserv and get notices sent right to your inbox. Subscribe to GovDelivery, enter your e-mail address, complete and submit the requested information on the "New Subscriber" page. On the "Quick Subscription" page you will see all of the additional topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Scroll to the "Prevent and Control Pollution" category and check the box next to "Pesticides." You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).

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