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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.