Pesticide Applicator Category Summaries

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12 South Carolina Categories of Commercial and Noncommercial Pesticide Applicators

  1. Agricultural Pest Control
    (a) Plant - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides in producing agricultural crops, including but not limited to: tobacco, peanuts, cotton, feed grains, soybeans and forage, small fruits, vegetables, tree fruits and nuts, as well as on grass lands and noncrop agricultural lands. (b) Animal - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on animals, including, but not limited to: beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, horses, goats, poultry, and to places on or in which animals are confined. (c) Stored Grain Pest Control- This category is for applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides to treat stored grain, e.g. grain fumigation.

     

  2. Forest Pest Control - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest-seed-producing areas.

     

  3. Turf and Ornamentals Pest Control - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of any pesticide to control pests in maintenance and production of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf.
    Performing "turf and ornamental 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 publicly or privately owned turf or ornamental plantings for compensation or as a government employee on the property of another, including the installation of devices. Turf and ornamental 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 turf or ornamental plantings. (SCPCA 2006)
    1. The application of pesticides to ornamental plants in a greenhouse or nursery is not a turf and ornamental pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA.
    2. The installation of irrigation systems and similar devices, including chemigation systems, is not a turf and ornamental pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA.
    3. The application of fertilizers not mixed with pesticides or herbicides is not a turf and ornamental pest control activity regulated by the SCPCA, nor is the spray or broadcast application of grass seed, mulch, or mixtures not containing materials registered as pesticides or for which pesticidal claims are made.
    4. Maintenance activities such as mowing, trimming, watering, and landscaping are not turf and ornamental pest control activities regulated by the SCPCA, even if claims of weed reduction or plant health and growth are made.
    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.

     

  4. Seed Treatment - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on seeds.

     

  5. Aquatic Pest Control - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of any restricted use pesticides purposefully applied to standing or running water, excluding applicators engaged in public-health-related activities included in Category 8.
    Performing "aquatic 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 publicly or privately owned waters, including ponds, lakes, oceans, rivers, streams, reservoirs, and impoundments, whether or not they are navigable, for compensation on the property of another or as a government employee, including the installation of devices. Aquatic 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 publicly or privately owned waters, including ponds, lakes, oceans, rivers, streams, reservoirs, and impoundments, whether or not they are navigable, for compensation on the property of another. (SCPCA 2006)
    1. The application of pesticides to ornamental aquatic plants in a greenhouse or nursery is not an aquatic pest control activity regulated under the SCPCA.
    2. The installation of aeration systems and similar devices or the use of mechanical harvesters to remove vegetation is not an aquatic pest control activity regulated under the SCPCA.
    3. The application of fertilizers not mixed with pesticides or herbicides is not an aquatic pest control activity regulated under the SCPCA, nor is the use of dyes to suppress the growth of aquatic vegetation.
    4. The installation of devices to exclude, prevent, destroy, repel or otherwise mitigate aquatic pest animals is not an aquatic pest control activity regulated under the SCPCA.
    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.  

     

  6. Right-of-Way Pest Control - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides in the maintenance of public roads, electric powerlines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way, or other similar areas.

     

  7. (a) Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control - This category includes applicators using or supervising the use of any pesticides in, on, or around food-handling establishments, human dwellings, institutions, such as schools and hospitals, industrial establishments, including warehouses and grain elevators, and any other structures and adjacent areas, public or private, and for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products or structures.
    Performing "structural pest control activities" includes, but is not limited to, the use of any pesticide in, on, under, or immediately adjacent to any structure with the intent to prevent, destroy, repel or otherwise mitigate any pest or engaging in any other activities intended or claimed to mitigate pests in structures including the installation of devices. Structural pest control activities also includes the soliciting, advertising, or making of sales proposals in any form for any services involving the use of pesticides in, on, under, or immediately adjacent to any structure with the intent to prevent, destroy, repel, or otherwise mitigate any pest. (SCPCA)
    1. The use of EPA-registered disinfectants for ordinary or disaster recovery cleaning purposes is not a structural pest control activity, provided that no claims are made for the control of pests in the structure.
    2. The application of EPA-registered cleaning agents to the interior of ductwork as part of an ordinary cleaning process is not a structural pest control activity, provided that no claims are made for the control of pests in the structure or in the ductwork.
    3. The installation of animal traps in structures for the control of nuisance vertebrate pests other than commensal rodents (e.g. rats and mice) is not a structural pest control activity.
    4. Making an inspection for or issuing the Official South Carolina Wood Infestation Report, which must be issued by a licensed applicator as detailed below, is a structural pest control activity
    5. Making pesticide treatment recommendations is a structural pest control activity.
    6. The inspection of a structure for the purposes of rendering an opinion as a consultant or expert regarding structural damage due to insects or other organisms, the adequacy of previous treatment or inspection, or similar issues regulated under these Regulations is not a structural pest control activity.
    A license is 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. (b) Fumigation - This category, which includes individuals using or supervising the use of a restricted use fumigant for pest control, is included in the same manual with 7a. A license is 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.

     

  8. Public Health Pest Control - This category includes state or federal employees or other individuals selling, using or supervising the use of any 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)
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    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.  

     

  9. Regulatory Pest Control - This category includes state, federal, or other governmental employees who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides in the control of regulated pests.

     

  10. Demonstration and Research Pest Control - This category includes: (1) individuals who demonstrate to the public proper use techniques for applying restricted use pesticides or supervise such demonstration and (2) persons conducting field research with restricted use pesticides. Included in the first group are such persons as Extension specialists, county agents, commercial representatives demonstrating pesticide products, and individuals demonstrating methods use in public programs. The second group includes state and federal employees, commercial representatives, and other persons conducting field research on or using restricted use pesticides.

     

  11. Aerial Applicator - This category includes individuals who apply pesticides using any type of aircraft.
    1. All aerial applicators must be certified and licensed by the Department before applying restricted use pesticides by air within the State.
    2. These regulations concerning aerial applicators do not in any way negate the regulations promulgated by the Aeronautics Division of the SC Department of Commerce or its successors.
    3. Aircraft must be secured against theft and tampering in a manner as prescribed by the Director after appropriate consultations with the affected parties or their representatives.
    4. Chemicals, use-dilutions, and their containers both on and off the aircraft must be secured in a manner as prescribed by the Director after appropriate consultations with the affected parties or their representatives. applicator.
    A license is 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.

     

  12. (a) Wood Preservation - This category includes individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides on wood as a preservative. (b) Anti-Fouling Paints - This category includes individuals who use or supervise the use of paints containing tributyltin. (c) Small Animal Pest Control - This category, which includes individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides, such as pet groomers, etc., does not have a manual yet. (d) Sewer Line Pest Control - This category includes individuals who use or supervise the use of metam sodium to treat sewer lines.