Sign up now open for 2017 Landscape Pesticide registry

Wisconsin State Farmer
TruGreen ChemLawn employee Steven Schmidt applies fertilizer at a residence. Wisconsin residents can add their name to a registry that would require professional lawncare companies to notify them when spraying pesticides.

Madison — The Landscape Pesticide Registry is now available to sign up for the 2017 growing season.

You can request that professional lawn care companies notify you when they are going to apply pesticides to lawns, trees and shrubs on the block where you live, or on blocks immediately adjacent to yours. You can register online until Feb. 1 at Participation in the registry is free.

If you are new to the registry, signing up is a two-step process:

  • You will register, providing your email address, street address and telephone number, and set up a password. 
  • Enter the addresses for which you want notification.

Unless you complete both steps, businesses will be unable to notify you. The password will provide you access to see what addresses you've entered and edit that information.

If you are already an active user of the registry, you should receive an email from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminding you to renew your participation. You will not have to re-enter addresses that you entered last year, but you will have to indicate that you want to keep them on your notification list.

You may continue adding addresses until Feb. 1, when the registry will be closed to the public so department staff can review it for incorrect and ineligible addresses. It will take effect March 15, when pesticide applicators will be able to search it to find out if any of their clients' addresses have been listed.

The registry applies only to professional landscape applications. Homeowners or landlords who do their own applications are not covered by the notification requirements, nor are applications to the inside or outside of buildings. The registry does not allow for notification of pesticide use in agriculture, or for you to be notified about applications around your workplace or your children's school or day care center.