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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Ohio Pesticide Law

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This law addresses pesticide application in hospitals, schools, food service, and golf courses, as well as rental units. If an apartment building has more than 4 units, which applies to any multi-tenant facility, pesticide is not allowed to be applied by a non-licensed applicator.

This means apartment managers, maintenance personnel or landlords are not allowed to apply their own pesticide. So a multi rental unit owner wanting to eliminate nuisance pests must either be a licensed pesticide applicator or must hire someone who is. ORC 921.06 has been in place since 2004, but has not been rigorously enforced. Enforcement will be stricter now. This includes over-the-counter products AND EPA regulated pesticides.

Landlords, apartment managers and maintenance are no longer allowed to treat for pests in any apartment or multi-unit facility with more than 4 units in one location.

This includes treatment for ants, bees, bed bugs, roaches, and mice. This law prohibits the use of sprays, powders, baits, traps, bombs, etc.

For more information contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture:


Fax: 614-728-4235

Phone: 614-728-6987

  • Press 1 for: Licensing, Certification, Insurance
  • Press 2 for: Enforcement, Inspections, Complaints
  • Press 3 for: Product Registration

For an emergency that poses a sudden threat to public health, contact the National Response Center (NRC) at 1-800-424-8802

For pesticide poisoning, call 911 if the person is unconscious, has trouble breathing, or has convulsions. Otherwise, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. Physicians are required to report any pesticide-related exposure to the local health department within 48 hours.

To report a spill, release or environmental crime, contact the Ohio EPA Environmental Response at 800-282-9378

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