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Middlesex Landscaping Owner Fined $2,800 for Performing Exterminations Without a License

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Middlesex Landscaping Owner Fined $2,800 for Performing Exterminations Without a License

London - A Middlesex landscaping owner was fined $2,800 for engaging in an extermination not in accordance with a licence of a prescribed class, contrary to the Pesticides Act.

Michael Frederick William Baker is the owner of a landscaping business located in Middlesex Centre. The company was the subject of a ministry planned drive around inspection looking for landscaping companies potentially applying pesticides in London.

During the inspection, the ministry discovered that Killex, a banned Class 9 cosmetic pesticide was being applied by the owner of the company on a property located in London, to spot spray for weeds. The inspection revealed that neither the owner or the company were licenced to perform exterminations or to operate an extermination business in Ontario. An individual must have an exterminator's license before they can use a class 9 pesticide. The parties that conducted the pesticide spraying were not licensed by the ministry to perform exterminations.

Mr. Baker was fined $2,800 plus a victim fine surcharge of $700. The fine was paid following the conviction.

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