How many times have you smelled a chemical odor coming in through the windows, or you’re working outside in the yard and see a chemical company truck pull into a neighbor’s driveway?
Michigan residents who qualify can sign up for the Pesticide Notification Registry each year (Michigan Regulation 637) which requires licensed pesticide application companies to give 24-hour advance notice to residents who live adjacent to a home with a scheduled pesticide application. The upcoming deadline to register is February 1, 2020.
A physician’s certification form that indicates a medically-diagnosed condition must be completed and signed by a physician and submitted with the application. Advance notification includes the address, date and time of the chemical application, the pesticide(s) active ingredients, and the name and contact information for the pesticide company. There is no cost to register.
With 24-hour advance notice of spraying you can take precautions to limit chemical exposure such as closing all house and car windows, staying inside (or planning to leave for a few hours), keeping children safe inside, bringing bikes and toys in the garage, keeping pets off the lawn, covering pools, and moving birdfeeders.
Michigan residents need to submit their application to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) which requires addresses for all homes adjacent to your home. MDARD compiles an updated list every year. All licensed pesticide application companies have this updated list and are required by law to check the list and comply with giving 24-hour advance notice when scheduling chemical applications.