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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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  • The Bureau of Pest Management has developed a 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, commercial application requirements/categories, can be found on this webpage.
  • Phase 2 of the "New York State Pesticide Administration Database" (NYSPAD) portal is now available! You may now access information regarding pesticide: business/agency registration, applicators/technicians, training courses, training course instructors/sponsors and certification/recertification exams. Phase 3 of NYSPAD will allow access to the registered pesticide product information and will be available in the near future.
  • The Bureau of Pest Management has released an updated version of the application package "Application for a Permit to Use a Pesticide for the Control of an Aquatic Pest". Further information is available on the Aquatic Pesticides page.
  • A Be Green Organic Yards NY Brochure (PDF, 497 KB) was developed to promote and to provide information to consumers about the Be Green Organic Yards NY program and organic landscape services. Save and print a copy for your use (print in landscape mode and flip on the short edge). A high resolution file is available for professional printing upon request.
  • Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy - The goal of the Strategy is to protect water quality from pesticide-related contamination, while continuing effective pest management on Long Island. It contains the blueprint for a pesticide pollution prevention approach on Long Island. Meetings involving the Technical Review and Advisory Committee (TRAC) and the Stakeholders were held to discuss the Strategy. Active ingredient fact sheets are currently under development, summarizing best management practices, alternative active ingredients, and non-pesticidal practices.

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

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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