It is important to the City of Aspen that its citizens are aware that there are regulations protecting them against the improper use of pesticides by a contractor or neighbor. We also want to inform and educate citizens on alternatives to pesticides. The links below have information to help you become an informed consumer and a good neighbor.
What are Pesticides?
The word pesticide is a comprehensive term for chemicals intended to prevent, destroy, or repel unwanted insects, plants, molds and rodents.
Pesticides and Health
Studies have shown that pesticide exposure may increase the risk of birth defects, neurological diseases and some cancers. Children are more susceptible to the potential harmful effects of pesticides. The American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend reducing exposure to pesticides.
Hiring a lawn & tree care professional?
It is important to know that the State requires any person you hire, including property managers, lawn or tree care professionals or gardeners to be a licensed pesticide applicator before they apply pesticides to your property. This includes any kind of pesticide application, including the use of pesticides a regular homeowner might use. The City encourages you to verify whether or not your contractors are certified to apply pesticides. Find out by calling the Colorado Department of Agriculture Administrative Assistant at 303-239-4146.