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Pest Management Prohibitions

(Excerpted from the Be Green Service Mark Agreement for Businesses)

The Be Green Business shall not treat lawns, ornamental plantings, other foliage and soils maintained according to Be Green Organic Yards NY conditions with:

  1. Synthetic herbicides, insecticides, insect growth regulators, fungicides, rodenticides, or molluscides (except those limited synthetic products allowed by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program). Examples include: organophosphate, carbamate, neonicotinoid, or pyrethroid insecticides; atrazine, 2,4-D, dicamba, MCPP, MCPA, or glyphosate-containing herbicides; fungicides such as triadimefon and thiophanate-methyl; rodenticides such as brodifacoum; and the molluscide metaldehyde.
  2. Products that contain synthetic synergists, such as piperonyl butoxide.
  3. Products that contain inert ingredients on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) List 1: Inert Ingredients of Toxicological Concern.
  4. Arsenical pesticides.
  5. Nicotine.
  6. Rotenone.
  7. Soil fumigants.

NOTE: Under State law, only certified pesticide applicators, or technicians, or persons working under the direct supervision of certified applicators may apply pesticides in New York State. This includes exempt pesticides and those allowable under this Agreement. In addition, applicators may also be subject to business or agency registration requirements. For more information, please see Pesticide Certification and Business Registration.

In addition, the Be Green Business shall not use any of the following during Be Green Organic Yards NY services:

  1. Plant material or seeds derived from genetically modified organisms,
  2. Synthetic fertilizers or fertilizers derived from sewage sludge1,
  3. Chemically treated wood (including pressure-treated wood) and other treated articles.


1 Be Green Businesses are cautioned to investigate the source of any fertilizer or soil amendment used. Please consult the Be Green Organic Yards NY resource lists on the NYSDEC website for more information about fertilizer sources.