Do I need a license to do my own pest control?

Can I do my own pest control at my home or office? ERMA – Environmental Risk Management Authority phased in new laws for Pest Management practices in 2019. Insecticides and Rodent control products may be purchased and used at home. ERMA does not prohibit the purchase of common low risk products commonly used in the home or office for DIY. Health and Safety laws do overlap commercial use however and Pest Control in the workplace should only be undertaken by a person who can show proof of training for the tasks undertaken.

Keep in mind, If results are not achieved professional Pest Managers have training and tools which can solve most pest issues with ease and quite often with the use of lower toxicity chemicals and solutions. Professional Pest Controllers do not achieve results with the use of stronger and more toxic chemical, rather it is a knowledge of pest habits and tools available to the industry which solves problems quickly. Using DIY chemicals could very well expose you and your family to an excess amount of chemistry which may not be necessary.

New ERMA regulations have replaced the  HSNO Laws which prevented the sale of commercial grade insecticides except to licensed professionals with experience and training. ERMA now permits only professionals who meet NZQA level 3 industry training compliance to undertake Pest Management operations in the Home or commercial sectors.

Please remember to Read the label on any product used around the home for Pest control. Pest control products even when purchased at the hardware store are potentially very hazardous to non target pests, aquatic environments and turf. Never dispose of unused products without first referring to the label.

Insecticides actually are largely not harmful to humans but deadly to insects, and more deadly for fish and other aquatic life, so when insecticides are not stored properly or disposed of outside of label instructions then harm to non targets can be far reaching, especially if traces of the product make their way to the sea or rivers before they naturally biodegrade. Commercial companies who apply insecticides are the most at risk since they carry larger amounts of concentrated chemicals- So almost anyone who carries out pest control commercially or [on a] commercial site must have ERMA approved training to ensue he/she is appropriately qualified to handle the substances.

Of the shelf chemicals can still be attained for domestic use by the public, however these are in small quantities or less concentrations- minimizing the risk of environmental pollution. Applying these chemicals outside of the specifications on the label is illegal and in most cases they are suitable only for domestic situations. It is illegal to provide services for profit to domestic or commercial situations without ERMA approved training.

Licensed Pest Management Operators are required to maintain industry training and product knowledge on a regular basis to comply with the Health and Safety Act. This maintains a skill level of the average operator and offers some customer assurance and confidence in the technician.

EcoSan Solutions will only use qualified technicians to service your property. You can view our current training certificates on our About us page  Click here

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