Pest and pesticide management on southern forests
Federal law requires certification for all commercial pesticide applicators. The law also requires private applicator certification for the purchase or application of "restricted use" pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set minimum competency standards for certification of pesticide applicators. These standards include a practical knowledge of pest identification, pest control, label comprehension, pesticide laws, and environmental considerations. The certification of applicators is the responsibility of each individual State. To be certified as a commercial forestry applicator, most States require demonstrated competency in the general use of pesticides, with a specialization in forestry pesticides. This manual is a supplement, not a substitute, to the general-use training material. That material covers in detail the necessary information on pesticide labels, general application, and safety.