Tennessee's Department of Agriculture (TDA) has proposed new rules for pest control operators.
Any person applying an herbicide with the active ingredient of glyphosate for the control of weeds-such as spot treatments adjacent to fencing, driveways, parking lots, cemetery markers and landscape borders-will not be considered as applying a pesticide for a fee and is not required to be licensed as a commercial pest control operator when the person meets the following criteria:
- The applicator is certified by successfully completing an exam (score of 70) demonstrating general knowledge of pesticides.
- The application equipment is limited to a single, handheld nozzle supplied by a tank with a maximum capacity of 25 gallons, an electric or hand-powered pump with a maximum discharge rate of 1.5 gallons per minute, and a discharge hose no more than 15 feet long.
- The applicator or employer has furnished proof of liability insurance of at least $300,000 per occurrence.
- The certificate number issued to the applicator is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of applicator's vehicle used in the business or on both sides of any trailer used in the business.
- Application records must contain the date of application and property address.
INFO: Contact Keith Hodges at 615-837-5331.