This category includes state or federal employees or other individuals using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides in public health programs for the management and control of pests having medical and public health importance. Performing "public health pest control activities" includes, but is not limited to, the use of any pesticide with the intent to prevent, destroy, repel, or otherwise mitigate any pest of public health significance or engaging in any other activities intended or claimed to mitigate pests of public health significance for compensation or as a government employee on the property of another, including the installation of devices. Public health pest control activities also includes the soliciting, advertising, or making of sales proposals in any form for any services involving the use of pesticides or devices with the intent to prevent, destroy, repel or otherwise mitigate any pest of public health significance. (SCPCA 2006)
Beginning on January 1, 2006, a license will be required for applicators working in this category on someone else's property unless they are working under the supervision of someone who is properly licensed. Use of either a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) or a general use pesticide will require a license.
- The use of EPA-registered disinfectants for ordinary or disaster-recovery cleaning purposes is not a public health pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA.
- The installation of animal traps in or around privately-owned structures for the control of vertebrate pests of public health significance (e.g., rats and mice) is not a public health pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA.
- The installation of animal traps and the distribution of poisons intended to control rat and mouse populations in or around municipal streets, utilities, and public buildings or in other public areas such as recreational and industrial parks, schools, public hospitals, and similar areas is a public health pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA.
- The installation of ultraviolet flying insect traps, air curtains, screens, and similar devices is not a public health pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA unless the devices emit or employ pesticides or public health protection claims are made.
Q. What are the basic provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide
and Rodenticide Act?
Q. What law controls the use or application of pesticides and
ensures that pesticide applicators and dealers are qualified to use or
sell pesticides in South Carolina?
Q. What application practices should pesticide applicators consider
using to avoid impacting non-target organisms, such as endangered species?
Q. In what two ways can public health pests affect humans?
Q. What is a vector?
Q. What are the five steps for the successful control of public
A. The four pest control strategies are:
A. Complete metamorphosis occurs when the insect develops from egg to larva to pupa to adult (for example, mosquitoes and other flies). Insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis develop from egg to young, with the young resembling the adults and feeding in the same habitats. Examples are cockroaches and lice.
Q. What is the main difference between male and female mosquitoes?
Q. What is the most widely used and most ecologically sound
approach to mosquito abatement?
Q. What are four common methods involved in water source reduction?
A. To detect mosquito populations, to identify species, to conduct counts, and to prepare location maps.
Q. How can domestic, non-biting flies be a problem?
Q. What type of metamorphosis do flies undergo?
Q. What are the most common survey methods used to determine
species composition and population densities for domestic flies?
Q. What should be the primary measure of fly control in urban
Q. What are symptoms of Lyme disease?
Q. What are the diseases transmitted by ticks?
Q. What ticks are common in South Carolina?
Q. What three species of urban rodents create the principal rodent
problem in South Carolina?
Q. What is probably the best method of preventing an increase
in rodent populations?
Q. How are tracking powders used for rodent control?
Q. Why is pre-baiting important?
Q. Why should traps be placed unset?
Q. What are the three basic steps in planning a pesticide application?
Q. Why are strainers (filters) important in sprayers?
Q. What type of nozzle is best suited for residual spraying
Q. Why is equipment calibration important?
Q. What are two reasons to replace a nozzle tip?
Q. Pesticides used to control public health pests may be labeled
to be applied as several different types of treatments. What are they?
Q. What are the two basic causes of non-point source pesticide
Q. What is the difference between a threatened and an endangered
Q. What type of pesticide containers are accepted for recycling?
Q. What are at least three ways to prevent drift of pesticides
during their application?
Q. List three main characteristic of good pesticide storage.