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April 30, 2020

On March 10, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration declared a state of emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Administration has advised that gatherings of 10 or more people be discouraged to prevent and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. On March 25, 2020 the Department announced that it was cancelling the pesticide exam for 30-days.

This situation significantly impacts pest control services; especially, the seasonal businesses such as lawn care and mosquito and tick services. The Department has been exploring options on how to ensure that businesses maintain operations while also ensuring Department standards of protecting the environment and public health are met. Therefore, the Department has decided that it will issue temporary licenses under the condition below.

Reinstatement of Expired Licenses

Should an individual with an expired license want to obtain a temporary Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator License, the following criteria are required:

  • The license has an expiration date of December 31, 2017 or after and is not eligible to renew their license for 2020.
  • The license was in good-standing when it expired
  • Applicator has not had a pesticide violation within the past three (3) years
  • Applicator formerly passed all required exams and was issued a Massachusetts Pesticide License that expired
  • Applicator provides a resume or letter of  recommendation from their former employer indicating he or she worked in their industry for at least 6- months
    • Applicator reviews and self-certifies that they reviewed MA Pesticide Laws and Regulations–a  guidance document to be developed by the Department
    • Applicator provides a current Certificate of Liability Insurance meeting Department Financial Requirements (insurance)

Conditions of the License

  • All licenses will expire on December 31, 2020. If the individual wants to be licensed in 2021 they will be required to take the pesticide exam.
  • If someone with a temporary license commits a violation, the license will be immediately revoked.

If you would like to obtain a temporary license please contact Laurie Rocco at: laurie.rocco@mass.gov and in the subject line put “Temporary License”.

While this is a very challenging time, please know that the Department is committed to serving its constituents and stakeholders and will continue to work in the most helpful and supportive manner possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as together, we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.

If you have any questions about this Bulletin, please contact Michael McClean, Chief Pesticide Inspector, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, at Michael.Mcclean@mass.gov.

April 2, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is greatly impacting our lives, businesses, employees, loved ones and more.

NPMA and NEPMA recognize the need for our members to have the latest reliable information regarding COVID-19 and the Pest Industry. Together we can get through this pandemic and back to normal as soon as possible. 

NPMA COVID-19 Site – www.pestcontrolcoronavirus.com

Centers for Disease Control Quick Links:

OSHA Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Essential Service Status For New England States

Maine: A Shelter in place order was signed on March 24. Pest Control is specifically deemed essential per the definition provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Language states: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences

Massachusetts: A Shelter in place order was signed on March 23. Pest Control is specifically deemed

essential per the state definition.

Language states: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities.

New Hampshire: A Shelter in place order was signed on March 27. Pest Control is specifically deemed essential.

Language States: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities.

Vermont: A Shelter in place order was issued on March 24.

Pest Control is not specifically listed as essential. NPMA is working to get clarification that pest control falls under the definition below and will provide updates as we know more. “other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses;”

Rhode Island: A Shelter in place order was issued on March 28, 2020. Pest Control as an Essential Service has been requested but we have not seen any “Official Decision”.

Connecticut: A shelter in place order was signed on Friday and Effective on Monday at 8pm. Pest Control is specifically deemed essential.

Language States: Vendors of essential services and goods necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses, including pest control.