Pesticide Inspection Activities

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Pesticide Use Reports

Pesticide use reports are submitted monthly to the Agricultural Commissioner by commercial pesticide applicators who conduct business in Orange County. The Agricultural Commissioner processes the pesticide use reports and submits them monthly to the State Department of Pesticide Regulation. The State analyzes and verifies the raw pesticide use report data submitted by the County and creates a report that is available to the public.

Restricted Use Pesticide Permits

Commercial requests for restricted materials are evaluated by licensed County Inspectors. Requests are reviewed for compliance with environmental, health, and worker safety regulations. Persons with pesticide permits are then monitored for strict compliance with State laws and regulations. This is to ensure that restricted pesticides are used safely while providing industry with adequate tools for pest management.

Requirements for Pest Control Businesses Performing Pest Control in Orange County

All pest control businesses are required to be licensed by the State and registered in each County where they perform pest control prior to performing pest control.  Click here for a link to the Department of Pesticide Regulation website:


Investigation of Illnesses, Injuries, and Complaints Related to Pesticide Use

Agricultural Commissioner Staff investigate illnesses, injuries, or complaints related to or suspected to be related to pesticide use.

Administer Structural Pest Control Applicator Examinations

Structural pest control applicator examinations are administered by Agricultural Commissioner staff for the Structural Pest Control Board of the State Department of Consumer Affairs. The purpose of the examination is to license structural applicators after a written qualifying examination covering laws and regulations, worker safety, pesticide toxicity, hazards, and residues. Proficiency is also required in pesticide application equipment, application techniques, and label interpretation. Click here to review the exam dates.