DEQ’s Pesticide Program is responsible for:
- Treatment Permits: Issuing pesticide treatment permits to pest control companies or persons.
- Inspections: Performing inspections at agricultural and non-agricultural sites for compliance monitoring, storage & disposal, worker protection standards, and application of pesticides. Performing inspections at markets and wholesalers for sale/distribution and storage of all pesticides.
- Importation: Overseeing importation of pesticides and pesticide devices to the CNMI.
- Certification: Certifying individuals for pesticide application in the CNMI.
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. This also applies to herbicides and chlorine products. Many household products are pesticides such as:
- Cockroach sprays and baits
- Insect repellants
- Rat and other rodent poisons
- Flea and tick sprays, powders, and pet collars
- Kitchen, laundry, and bath disinfectants and sanitizers
- Mold and mildew products
- Lawn and garden products, such as weed killers
- Swimming pool chlorine products
Misbranded pesticides are products that do not have the labels in the English language and do not have the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) registration and establishment numbers.Learn more about the use of unregistered pesticides.The Division of Quarantine and Custom intercepts all imported misbranded pesticides and related products. The Division also reports to DEQ for appropriate enforcement action. The pesticide program works with the Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Service (NMC-CREES) to provide pesticide training courses for pesticide applicators certification for private and commercial applicators.
Storage and Disposal
Improper pesticide storage and disposal can be hazardous to human health and the environment. Follow these safety recommendations:
- Buy only the amount of pesticide that you will need in the near future.
- Do not over-stock pesticides.
- Follow all storage instructions on the pesticide label.
- Store pesticides high enough away from the reach of children and pets. If possible, keep pesticides in a locked and vented cabinet.
- Keep pesticides away from food, animal feed or medical supplies.
- Keep pesticides in their original containers, inlcuding the label listing the active ingredients, directions for use, and storage requirements.
To dispose of pesticides and other hazardous household substances, follow the disposal advice on the label. Otherwise:
- Dispose small amounts of excess pesticides by using them according to the directions on the label.
- Contact DEQ by phone (670)-664-8500 or the DPW Solid Waste Management by phone (670)-322-2745.
- Do not pour left over pesticides down the sink, into the toilet, or down a sewer or stormdrain. If pesticides reach surface waters, they may harm fish, plants and other living things.
- Permits are required prior to use of pesticides. The fee for TERMITICIDE (structural) treatment is fifty dollars ($50.00). This permit is required for the pesticide application to prior to any pesticide treatment on the foundation or ground area surround the foundation.
- Other permits available include Aerial Treatment and Other Pesticide Treatment.
- The Pesticide Applicator Certification application fee is FIFTY dollars ($50.00) for commercial applicators and TEN dollars ($10.00) for private applicators. The permit must be renewed at least thirty (30) days before the expiration of the certification.
- Persons engaged in the sale or distribution of restricted use pestides and who is not a certified applicator shall obtain a Pesticide Dealer's License Application from DEQ. This application fee is fifty dollars ($50.00) and must be renewed each year at least thirty days before the expiration of the license.
A. Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP). Any person desiring to import a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) regardless of origin or quantity must submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label. Upon approval of the RUP, the importer can make importation arrangements. For the purposes of this section, any pesticide that has had a particular use banned by DEQ, but which can be imported into the CNMI, shall require advance notice as set forth in this Part. Import of a banned pesticide wholly prohibited for import is also a violation of this section.
B. General Use Pesticides (GUP).
1. A person desiring to import a pesticide or pesticide device manufactured in or shipped from or through any country other than the United States or U.S.Territories into the CNMI shall submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label. Upon approval of the GUP, the importer can make importation arrangements.
2. A person desiring to import a pesticide labeled for use for agricultural plants, hospital-grade disinfection, fumigation, or termite control, including crack, crevice and spot treatment in houses, apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, schools, stores, warehouses and other industrial buildings, shall submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. Persons engaging in a commercial purpose as defined in § 3.9, such as resorts, farmers and exterminators, must also submit a notice of intent in order to import any pesticide used for a commercial purpose. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label. Upon approval of the GUP, the importer can make importation arrangements.
Each Notice of Intent to Import (“NOI”) shall indicate how the importer intends to use the pesticide, so that DEQ can ensure that such use complies with the law, prior to arrival of the pesticide. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label. Upon approval of the NOI, the pesticide or device may be ordered or shipped. The importer must submit to DEQ the label and MSDS for each pesticide or device imported for the first time in a calendar year. If the importer intends to import the same pesticide or device during the same calendar year, and has submitted all of the appropriate paperwork, the label and MSDS is not required to be submitted again in the same calendar year.
The Pesticides Regulations were established to control the importation, distribution, sale and use of pesticides to prevent environmental contamination and protect public health.
Last Updated 11/6/2017