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The following are highlights that will help explain the Neighbor Notification Law as it relates to residents who apply their own pesticides.
- A residential application is any application of "over the counter" pesticides to outdoor property owned, leased or rented by the individual who applies pesticides to any of the following:
- Pesticides include common lawn fertilizers (liquids or granules) which contain pesticides to control weeds, grubs, and other common insects
- The following pesticide applications are not considered a residential lawn application and do not require the posting of markers:
- the application of pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity (vegetables or fruits)
- application of pesticides around or near the foundation of a building for the purpose of indoor pest control (ants, earwigs, etc.)
- A person who makes a lawn application of more than 100 square feet to property they own, lease or rent, must post visual notification markers around the perimeter of the application site.
- The requirements for posting visual notification markers (signs):
- markers need to be placed every 50 feet along the perimeter of the area where pesticides are to be applied
- markers do not need to be placed in any area which is rendered impassable by a fence, wall hedge or similar barrier
- every treated area of over 100 square feet must be marked by at least 2 notification markers
- markers must be posted on the day of the lawn application and must be in place before pesticides are applied
- markers must be clearly visible to persons immediately outside the perimeter of the property
- markers must be at least 4 inches by 5 inches in size
- the top of the marker must be at least 12 inches above the ground
- text on the markers must be in contrasting colors to the background
- letters need to be at least three-eighths of an inch in height
- Markers must include the following information on them:
- the phrase "PESTICIDE APPLICATION," PESTICIDE TREATMENT," or "PESTICIDES APPLIED"
- the date and time of the application
- instructions not to enter the treated property or remove the markers for 24 hours following the application
- Markers can be home-made as long as they comply with above requirements. They may be available at some local retail stores. You can also download a lawn marker [.pdf, 12 Kb] to print and use. (You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the printable marker.)
- You have no obligation under this law if the application is made by a commercial applicator. However, the commercial applicator is required to comply with specific laws.
- Penalties for violation of the residential lawn application requirements include:
- a written warning and educational materials for the first violation;
- a $100 fine for the second violation; and,
- a $250 fine for the third and subsequent violations
These penalties may be levied only after a hearing or opportunity to be heard.
- Visual notification markers must be at least 4 inches by 5 inches
- The top of the marker must be at least 12 inches above the ground
This page is intended to provide highlights of the neighbor notification law. Review a full copy of the law to ensure you are in full compliance.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, or a full copy of the law, please call the Erie County Department of Health at 716-961-7524.