New York State law requires that a written New York State law requires that your contract be signed before pesticides are contract contain: applied by a lawn care company to a CONTRACTING residential property. T All warnings of potential harm to humans, pets or the environment found FOR LAWN CARE This contract is a legally enforceable on the label of each pesticide that will agreement between you and your lawn care be applied. SERVICES? company or pesticide applicator. It specifies what products and services will be provided T The brand and generic names of the A Guide for Homeowners and how much you will have to pay for them. active ingredients of each pesticide that Purchasing Pest Control Services will be used on your property. for Their Lawns Why should I be concerned about the details T The total number of applications to be of the contract? provided and the total cost of the entire pesticide application program. You can help to protect your family, pets and personal property from the potentially harmful T The dates when pesticides will be effects of pesticides with a well crafted applied to your lawn. The law allows contract. All pesticides, including the weed these dates to be stated as an and insect controls used on lawns, trees and approximate range. gardens, are potentially dangerous. In a contract, you can limit which pesticides, if any, T The lawn care company’s business will be applied. By knowing in advance which registration number, applicator Eric T. Schneiderman pesticides will be applied, when they will be certification ID number, name, address, applied, and what their toxic properties are, and phone number. Attorney General you can be prepared to take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to pesticides. If the company can’t apply pesticides according to the original schedule, the law Your lawn care company is responsible for requires that they get your permission before Environmental Protection making sure that the contract meets the law’s applying any pesticides on alternate dates. Bureau minimum requirements. You are free to change your lawn care contract by adding various Note: Look out for an automatic renewal terms that will help protect you. In this clause commonly found in lawn care contracts. brochure, we suggest some additions that you If you are not fully comfortable with the may want to consider. renewal provision, you should remove it before signing the contract. In addition to a contract, state law or To help protect your family, pets, and A final note: regulations require the lawn care company property from the dangers of pesticide to: applications, consider adding terms to the All New Yorkers should consider Integrated contract, beyond those required by law, that: Pest Management (IPM) as an alternative to Post warning signs on your property pesticides. IPM is an extremely effective indicating that pesticides were applied. The approach that uses mechanical, physical, signs must be yellow with black lettering. T Require that the contract state the biological and, as a last resort, chemical specific pesticide(s) to be applied on methods to control pests and maintain a healthy T Each sign must be at least 4" x 5". specific date(s). lawn. Many lawn care companies provide this Signs up to 5" x 5", signs must be service, or you can do it yourself. For more placed not more than 50' apart along T Require the contractor to inform you at information about IPM, see: the perimeter of the treated area or, if least 48 hours before any pesticide the signs are at least 5" x 6", they can application if this information cannot be www.ag.ny.gov/bureaus/environmental/about.html be placed not more than 100' apart. provided when the contract is signed. The top of the sign must be at least New York State’s “Neighbor Notification” 12" above the ground. T Require the contractor to give you a Law, a separate statute, authorizes counties and reminder call at least 48 hours in New York City to adopt local laws that require advance of any application of pesticide commercial pesticide applicators to provide 48 T The signs must be posted at common to your property. hours’ advance notice to occupants of entry points adjacent to the treated neighboring dwellings with property lines areas. If the treated area is T Require the contractor to list in the within 150 feet of the application. Such local impassable, two signs are enough. contract alternate dates for pesticide laws have now been adopted in New York City applications in the event that and the counties of Albany, Monroe, Nassau, Tell you the actual date and time of pesticide application cannot be done as originally Rockland, Suffolk, Tomkins, and Westchester. application either by including that scheduled. If you live in any of those areas, be sure that information on the warning sign or by your contractor provides the required notice. providing the information to the property T Require that the contractor notify you in owner before leaving the property. person of the date and time of each If you use a lawn care service, the best way to completed pesticide application and insure that you get the services you want is by A complete listing of regulatory requirements for post that information, along with the having a contract that clearly explains the lawn care contracts is available on the internet at: name(s) of the pesticide(s) applied, on services to be provided. If the contractor is www.dec.state.ny.us/website/regs/part325.html# the warning signs around your property. applying pesticides, the law requires that you 325.40 have a contract that includes some specific Before signing the contract, request and review information. This brochure explains some legal The NYSDEC commercial lawn application policy is available on the internet at: the complete labels of all pesticides to be requirements for lawn care services that include www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/pesticid/policy applied. the application of pesticides and highlights .html some issues to which you may want to pay special attention.
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