Illinois Pest Control Insurance

In 1966, Illinois became one of the first states to regulate pesticides.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Department of Public Health administer several programs to implement the various provisions of the current law.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources administers the licensing for nuisance wildlife control operators.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Certifies and licenses individuals applying pesticides in and on man-made structures for purposes of bird control, rodent control, wood treatment and insect control.

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Certifies and licenses people applying pesticides outdoors and in agricultural production

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Administers tests and licenses for nuisance wildlife control operator (NWCO) in Illinois

Pest Control and Wildlife Control Occupations in Illinois

  • Pest Control Technician (General Use), Structural – An individual who performs pest control services, including the use of general use pesticides in and around structures.
  • Pest Control Technician (Restricted Use), Structural – An individual who performs pest control services including the use of restricted pesticides in and around structures.
  • Pesticide Applicator, Commercial – A person who sells the service of applying pesticides on a customer’s property and collects a fee for the rendered service. A commercial pesticide applicator can sell pesticides, buy pesticides and apply pesticides.
  • Pesticide Applicator, Commercial Not for Hire – An employee for a private organization that requires the use of pesticides only in the maintenance of its own property. The applicator has the responsibility for all pesticide purchasing, storage, handling and use. His/her license dictates the areas in which the company may legally use pesticides.
  • Pesticide Applicator, Private – An individual who utilizes restricted use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity on property owned or controlled. Private applicators who want to fumigate their own grain bins must carry the Private Grain Fumigation category.
  • Pesticide Dealer – Any individual selling a restricted use pesticide(s).
  • Pesticide Operator, Commercial – An individual who purchases or uses pesticides classified for General or Restricted Use for hire. An operator must work under the supervision of a licensed applicator.
  • Pesticide Operator, Commercial Not for Hire – A person employed by a private organization that requires the use of pesticides in the maintenance of company-owned property. The operator must work under the supervision of a licensed applicator.
  • Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator – Any individual who removes and/or excludes nuisance wildlife from residences. Controls crop and livestock depredation.

For your convenience, we’ve provided a list of professional associations:

Pest Control Professional Associations

Wildlife Control Professional Associations

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