Public Health Information

Public health applicators must be licensed in SC Category 8 before applying any pesticides. Performing public health pest control activities includes, but is not limited to, the use of any pesticide to control or destroy any pest of public health significance, such as large-scale rodent control, mosquito control, and black fly control.  This includes installing devices, as well as soliciting, advertising, or making sales proposals in any form for any services involving the use of pesticides.

If you apply any herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other pesticides to another person’s property as part of your job and/or for compensation, you are a Commercial Applicator and must be licensed in the state of South Carolina.

If you apply any herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other pesticides to another person’s property as part of your job and you are a federal or state government employee, you are a Non-Commercial Applicator.  You must pass the same exams as required for Commercial Applicators. You are not required to carry the same financial responsibility as Commercial Applicators.

Rules & Regulations for the Enforcement of the SC Pesticide Control Act (315kb, pdf)

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Exam Information for SC Applicator's License