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    Terms & Definitions

    A product is a pesticide if it makes a claim that it will kill or destroy a pest.  These items are easily available and can generally be purchased over the counter at hardware stores, nurseries and supermarkets. 
    Pesticides are classified in the following two categories:

    General Use Pesticides:
    This is a pesticide that can be generally purchased and used by anyone. RAID or ROUND-UP and other similar products, used to kill household pests or eliminate weeds, are considered general-use pesticides.

    Restricted Use Pesticides:
    Restricted use pesticides are formulations of pesticides whose use has been classified restricted by the federal  Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA). These products can only be applied by a certified pesticide applicator.

    Commercial Pesticide Applicator:
    This is a person who is required to obtain pesticide applicator certification credentials from the State of Michigan, who uses or supervises the use of a restricted use pesticide or holds himself or herself out to the public as being in the business of applying pesticides.

    Private Pesticide Applicator:
    A private pesticide applicator is a certified applicator who uses restricted use pesticides for a private agricultural purpose.

    Registered Pesticide Applicator:
    A registered applicator is a person who is not a certified applicator and who applies pesticides for a commerical purpose or as a scheduled and required work assignment in the course of his or her employment.

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