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Thursday September 22, 2016


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When is it legal to apply pesticides for bed bugs?

nate, NY

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In general, if you are applying a pesticide for a target pest to target sites listed on the label, you should be fine. Labels don’t necessarily address whether or not a pest MUST be present at the time of application. Ideally, pests would be present because direct treatments are better than indirect treatments that rely on a residual, especially for bed bugs. It’s also ideal for IPM reasons that pesticides not be applied when pests are not present. But these aren’t always realistic situations when customers have a history of pests or are in an area with high pest pressure.

Legally, you are fine on a federal level as long as you follow the label. If a label doesn’t say that pests MUST be present, then they don’t have to be present at the time of application. As for your state, search your state regulations for anything requiring pest presence before pesticide application. If you find something, then you have your answer. If not, you can double-check by calling your state pesticide licensing agency, although it can be difficult to get answers to this type of question, especially in writing.

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