CERTIFIED PESTICIDE APPLICATORS
Persons certified by the DPNR in the use or supervision of the use of Restricted Use Pesticides.
A Private Applicator is a certified pesticide applicator who may use Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) on plants or animals produced on property owned or rented by him/her or his/her employer or (if applied without compensation other than trading or services between producers of these plants or animals) on the property of another person.
The minimum requirement for a Private Applicator is passing of any examination and/or demonstration. Core training in preparation for such examination is offered by the Cooperative Extension Service Pesticide Applicator Training program on a quarterly basis in both the St. Croix and the St. Thomas/St. John districts. Workshop schedules are updated at least monthly. Registration for these workshop, offered free of charge, is required.
A Commercial Applicator is a certified pesticide applicator who may use Restricted Use Pesticides for any purpose on any property other than a Private Applicator.
Commercial Applicators are certified in one or more categories which determine the exact purpose and location where he/she may use the RUPs. Currently the commercial categories are:
- Agricultural Plant Pest Control - which covers application of RUP to agricultural crops
- Agricultural Animal Pest Control - which covers application of RUP to animals such as cattle, horses, poultry and the structures in which they are kept
- Ornamental and Turf Pest Control - which covers application of RUP in the maintenance and production of ornamental trees and shrubs, flowers and turf
- Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Services Pest Control - which covers application of RUP for the protection of stored products as well as in structures such as schools, hospitals, residences, warehouses and adjacent areas, public or private
- Public Health Pest Control - which covers application of RUP by government employees in public health programs
- Regulatory Pest Control - which covers application of RUP by government employees in the control of regulated pests
- Demonstration and Research Pest Control - which covers application of RUP in application demonstration and in field research
Of particular concern among potential negative environmental impacts by the application of pesticides are the effects of pesticides on the territory's water quality and on its Endangered and Threatened animals and plants.
The right selection and correct application of pesticides, general or restricted use, naturally occurring or synthetic, is important in programs such as Sustainable Agriculture, Urban Gardening, and in Integrated Pest Management programs in general.
Virgin Islands Laws and Regulations
The Virgin Islands Pesticide Control Act and its Rules and Regulations are likely to be amended in the near future. The draft of the new Pesticide Control Act (1994), with or without indication of deleted/added text, can be viewed or downloaded (the Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)