New Michigan Emergency Rule Extends License Renewal Deadline

On December 30, Michigan pesticide applicators got perhaps their last gift of the holiday season in the form of a new emergency rule from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD). The new rule extends the validity of any licenses that expired on December 31, 2019 or December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

In addition to extending the expiration date, the rule gives applicators six additional months to renew their licenses via continuing education courses.

“Extending applicator credentials and giving them more time to complete their continuing education courses allows inspectors to focus on our regulatory activities protecting human health and the environment from misapplications of pesticides,” said Brian Verhougstraete, MDARD’s Pesticide Section Manager. “It also provides certified applicators and businesses some regulatory clarity and ensures they can continue their work protecting our food supply from damaging pests.”

If you don’t have time to read the entire emergency rule, here are the relevant highlights.

  • A certified or registered applicator license with an expiration date of December 31, 2019, is considered valid until June 30, 2021.

  • A qualified certified or registered applicator who renews a license with an expiration date of December 31, 2019, shall be issued a license that is valid until December 31, 2022

  • A certified or registered applicator license with an expiration date of December 31, 2020, is considered valid until June 30, 2021.

  • A qualified certified or registered applicator who renews a license with an expiration date of December 31, 2020, shall be issued a license that is valid until December 31, 2023.

The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, P.A. 451 of 1994, Part 83, requires individuals to be either a certified pesticide applicator or a registered applicator to apply a pesticide for a commercial purpose. The Act also requires certification for anyone wishing to purchase a restricted use pesticide. Michigan’s certified pesticide applicators must pass written examinations to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to properly apply pesticides in a manner that protects themselves, the public, and the environment. 

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Three Michigan Cities Among the Top 50 “Rattiest in America”

According to a recent report by Orkin, three Michigan cities are among the “Top 50 Rattiest Cities in the United States” this year. 

Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint made the list coming in at #6, #29, and #42 respectively. Orkin releases the annual list based on rodent treatments performed at residences and commercial properties from Sep 1, 2019 to Aug 31, 2020.

Surprising almost no one, COVID-19 was a major factor in this year’s increased rodent visibility. Restaurant closures forced them to find new food sources, according to the release. Without restaurant food waste, they were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior. The problem became so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance.

With colder weather approaching in Michigan, make sure you’re ready for the increased rodent activity by looking at our Michigan Vertebrate Pest Management 8-Credit Continuing Education Course Bundle.

This online video course bundle fulfills the category recertification requirement for Michigan Commercial Applicators holding a Vertebrate Pest Management (Category 7D) certification. 

To renew your license before the upcoming Dec 31 deadline, simply pair the Vertebrate bundle with the Michigan Commercial Core 8-Credit Bundle to complete all your recertification requirements.

Here’s a preview of the type of lessons you’ll take in the “Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management” course found within the Vertebrate course bundle!

Lesson 1 – Rats

  • Rats and Disease Carriers
  • Habits of Rats
  • Life Cycle
  • Inspection

Lesson 2 – Rats (cont.)

  • Control and Management
  • Habitat Alteration – Outdoor
  • Habitat Alteration – Indoor
  • Traps
  • Glue Boards
  • Rodenticides
    • Food baits
    • Water baits
    • Tracking powders

Lesson 3 – House Mice

  • Mice as Disease Carriers
  • Life Cycle and Social Behavior
  • Physical Abilities
  • Inspection
  • Control and Management
    • Sanitation
    • Mouse-proofing
    • Population reduction
  • Food Baits and Placement
    • Liquid baits
    • Tracking powders

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Cases in 2020 Outpacing 2019

According to a recent press release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the number of confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in Michigan have doubled in 2020 compared to this time last year. With EEE being one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. that affects both animals and humans, state health officials are encouraging residents to take extra precautions in the coming months.

“We strongly urge Michiganders to take precautions against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Mosquito-borne diseases can cause long-term health effects in people, even death. Signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches. Severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis and even death can also occur.”

Even though Michigan is experiencing cooler temperatures, this should not cause residents to ease up on the precautions that they are taking. Typically, mosquito-borne illnesses like EEE continue to pose a risk to both animals and humans until about mid-October after there have been at least two hard frosts.

Michigan residents should protect themselves by:

  • Applying insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved products, to exposed skin or clothing and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Applying insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
  • Maintaining window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Emptying water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused children’s pools, old tires, or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
  • Using nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

As a Michigan Pesticide Applicator, make sure you share this information with your clients when appropriate, and keep your practices up-to-date with the Michigan Mosquito Management 8 Credit CE course bundle.

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