If you want to find out when lawn care companies will be applying pesticides in your neighborhood, the state has just the thing you need.
The Landscape Pesticide Registry, a service of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, has been around for 20 years, giving residents a heads up when pesticides are used.
Residents have until Feb. 1 to sign up. The registry is free.
Participants enter the addresses of properties to be notified about, with the addresses only for the block where you live and adjacent blocks.
The lawn care businesses check the registry before applying pesticides, and notify those on the list when they'll be coming around to do their work.
The registry only applies to professional landscape pesticide applications, and not to homeowner or landlord pesticide applications.
The registry also excludes pesticides applied inside or outside of buildings, agricultural pesticide use, or when pesticides will be applied around your workplace or your child's school or day care center.
DATCP closes the registry after Feb. 1, so staff can review it. Professional applicators start using the registry March 15.
For those without internet access, call 608-224-4500 for help in registering.