Pesticide 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 commercial purpose or as a scheduled and required work assignment in the course of his or her employment.