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.
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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.
The Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section can be contacted at 518-402-8748 or PestMgt@dec.ny.gov.
The Pesticide Product Registration Section can be contacted at 518-402-8768 or PPR@dec.ny.gov.
The Pesticide Compliance Section can be contacted at 518-402-8727 or PesticideCompliance@dec.ny.gov.
For questions regarding The Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL), call 518-402-8748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
More about Pesticides and Alternatives:
- Business/Agency Pesticide Information - Information for businesses and agencies who either apply or sell pesticide products.
- Pesticide Product Registration - The Environmental Conservation Law requires every pesticide product which is used, distributed, sold or offered for sale in New York State to be registered with the NYSDEC.
- Mosquito Control - Find mosquito control requirements for New York State including a list of registered pesticide products and commercial application requirements.
- Cooling Towers & Pesticide Applications - Requirements for individuals and businesses/agencies making pesticidal applications to cooling towers.
- Pet Groomers and Pesticide Products - Information for pet grooming businesses and pet owners regarding pesticide use and pet grooming pesticide applicator certification.
- The Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL) - Information regarding pesticide reporting
- Aquatic Pesticides - The NYSDEC regulates the application of aquatic pesticides in New York State and is responsible for compliance assistance and public outreach activities to ensure enforcement of State pesticide laws.
- Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy - A pesticide pollution prevention approach for protecting Long Island's groundwater as well as meeting the pest management needs of the agricultural, residential, and commercial sectors.
- CleanSweepNY Project - An Environmental Benefit Project for the removal of cancelled, unwanted, unusable, or otherwise obsolete pesticide chemicals.
- The Neighbor Notification Law, Rule and Regulation - Information about the requirements under the Neighbor Notification Law in those NYS Counties in which it has been adopted.
- Pest Management for Schools, Day Care Centers and Parents - Information regarding Guidance and Policy regarding pesticide prohibition on grounds at schools and day care centers, alternative pest management and the pesticide Neighbor Notification Law.
- Sponsor a Pesticide Course - Information and instructions related to Department approved pesticide training.
- Questions and Answers Regarding New York State Pest Management Program - Please take a look at the most recent additions to our series of Q&A about Pesticides Program subjects, such as pesticide product labels, commercial lawn applications, and many more topics.
- Pest Management Forms - a compilation of various forms used in the Pesticides Program.
- Amended Requirements for Pesticide Applicators to Provide Product Label Information - Revised requirements regarding the formats product label information can be requested in (written, digital or electronic) and adding a requirement for the applicator to possess a written copy of that information.
- Amended Requirements for Pesticide Commercial Lawn Care Contracts - Revised requirements regarding the formats certain information can be provided in (written, digital or electronic) for commercial lawn care contracts.
- Be Green in the Great Lakes Project - An education and outreach program on alternative land care practices for the Great Lakes Basin. The Land Care and Pest Management Practices brochure provides tips on alternative pest and land management practices - part of pesticide pollution prevention in the Great Lakes basin.
- Federal Endangered Species Program - USEPA maintains a website regarding endangered species, including information on pesticides management as it relates to endangered species nationwide. The NYSDEC Pesticides Program web page includes a link to that USEPA site and a brief description of its pesticide-related aspects.
- Pest Management and Pesticide Use Brochures - The DEC Pest Management Information Series of brochures are the Department's primary source of information on pest management issues for New York State residents.