This program provides a second line of defense against exotic pests through the early detection of new introductions before they become widely established. Traps are placed in primarily urban areas to detect such insect pests as Mediterranean Fruit Fly and Light Brown Apple Moth, Gypsy Moths, Japanese Beetles, and a host of other targeted pest species. Through early detection the likelihood of these pests becoming established in the state is lessened and the cost and environmental impact of eradiation is minimized.
The Department of Agriculture provides the following services involving pest control:
- Pest detection
- Pest eradication
- Pest management
- Pest exclusion / plant quarantine
- Pesticide use enforcement
Pesticide Use Enforcement
The Pesticide Use Enforcement Division provides for the proper, safe, and efficient use of pesticides essential for production of food and fiber and for protection of the public health and safety. It also protects the environment from potentially harmful pesticides by prohibiting or regulating them or ensuring proper stewardship of pesticides. An important component of the program focuses on agricultural and pest control workers, ensuring safe working conditions, use of proper protective equipment and training for employees who work with or around pesticides. Other components of the program include pesticide use reporting, incident investigations, outreach activities promoting best management practices, and monitoring applications in the field.
For additional information or questions please contact us at (209) 966-2075.