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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Illinois Pesticide Act Licensing Requirements

A pesticide use license is required for:

A person using a General Use pesticide on his or her own property is exempt. Restricted Use pesticides are prominently identified on all labels. A license is required to purchase a Restricted Use pesticide but not General Use pesticides.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture certifies and licenses those using pesticides in outdoor environments and in the production of agricultural commodities. The University of Illinois Extension  provides training and study materials. This website covers training, publications, and licensing information for these uses.

The Illinois Department of Public Health certifies and licenses individuals using pesticides in and on manmade structures. This includes nuisance bird control, rodent control, wood treatment, and insect control.