Wisconsin Landscape Registry

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Question: Someone told me there is a way I can be notified if someone is spraying pesticides in my neighborhood. Can you give me any information? S.M.

Answer: You must join the Wisconsin Landscape Registry before February 1, 2014 to receive notice of pesticides that will be applied to lawns, trees and shrubs by professional lawn care and landscape companies near your home. The registry is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The landscape pesticide registry allows you to be informed about professional pesticide applications before they are applied to nearby properties. The registry only pertains to pesticide (e.g. herbicide, fungicide, insecticide) products used by businesses on lawns and landscape plants. Notification is not required when residents apply pesticides to plants on their own property and when farmers or other professionals use pesticides on agricultural crops.

There is no cost to be added to the registry, and you are not required to list a reason or explanation for joining the registry. Information on the registry is not considered confidential. The registry is online and is open to commercial lawn and landscape maintenance businesses and commercial pesticide applicators, as well to the general public. The registry is subject to Open Records requests.

Advance notice means you will receive a message about an application that will take place. It does not prevent a pesticide application from being made. If you have concerns about pesticide use, you should nicely share your concerns with your neighbor. Reasons given by members for joining the registry are to know when to keep pets or children indoors, to close their windows, or to choose to leave the area until the application is completed.

To join the Wisconsin Landscape Registry you must complete a form listing the addresses that you are concerned about. The addresses must be on the block where you live or on immediately adjoining blocks.

Once on the registry, professional lawn and landscape companies are required to notify you at least 12 hours in advance when addresses that you have listed are to be treated with pesticides. Notification can start in mid-March 2014 and is valid for one year. To register go to http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/landreg or google “Wisconsin landscape registry”.

Current registry participants should receive a renewal notice by email and must renew their listing by the February 1, 2014 deadline to be included in the 2014 registry.