Warm climate, wet summers, swamps, and the heavily forested areas of Georgia make it a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of pests. In Atlanta alone, 25% of households have cockroaches and the city has a staggering 45 species of mosquitoes.
Georgia's pests are more than just a nuisance, they're a health concern. Mosquitoes led to 77 cases of Zika last year. The feces and saliva of German cockroaches, one of the most common breeds found in Georgia, cause asthma attacks. Cockroaches can also carry salmonella and E. Coli, a hazard for contaminating food, prep areas, and utensils.
Homeowners can do little on their own aside from avoiding standing water and wearing insect repellent to prevent contact with mosquitos. German cockroaches are also hard to avoid. Preventative measures include keeping dry goods in air tight containers, not leaving dirty dishes out for long periods of time and storing garbage away from their home.
GEORGIA APPLICATOR RENEWAL
It should come as no surprise, Georgia pesticide applicators are in high demand. Licenses must be renewed every 5 years by completing continuing education 90 days before license expiration and returning a renewal notice to the state.
Continuing Education Requirements
- 3 Credit Hours - Private Applicators
- 6 Credit Hours - Animal Agriculture, Forest Pest Control, Right-of-Way, Regulatory, Industrial Structure & Health, Wood Treatment, Antimicrobial
- 10 Credit Hours - Agriculture Plant, Ornamental & Turf, Public Health, Mosquito Control
Mail continuing education certificates here:
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Inputs - Pesticide Section
19 M.L.K. Jr. Drive, Room 410
Atlanta, GA 30334