Plants/Pests

​The Office of Plant Industries and Pest Management is made up of six sections: Pesticide Regulation, Forest Pest Management, Plant Protection and Weed Management, Turf and Seed, Mosquito Control, and State Chemist. These sections administer programs and enforce state or federal laws, regulations and quarantines related to management of pests that affect health of crops, forests, and natural areas; application and disposal of pesticides within the state; mosquito control; quality of commercial agricultural products sold in Maryland; quality of seeds and turf; and control of noxious weeds. Please select a link below (or to the left) to find out more about individual programs.

Pesticide Regulation

  • Searchable Pesticide Database
  • Pesticide Information for Consumers and Professionals
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools
  • Pesticide Applicator Certification and Business Licensing Requirements

Forest Pest Management

  • Cooperative Forest Health Program
  • Field Office Contacts
  • Information on Gypsy Moth and Asian longhorned beetle.

Plant Protection and Weed Management

  • Nursery Inspection
  • Plant Quarantine
  • P.ramorum - Sudden Oak Death
  • Apiary Inspection
  • Plant Pest Survey and Detection
  • Noxious Weeds in Maryland
  • Ginseng Management Program
  • Biocontrol of Insects and Weeds

Turf and Seed

  • Nutrient Mgt. Recommendations for Turfgrass
  • Nutrient Recommendations for Sod Production
  • Field Inspection Application

Mosquito Control

  • Information on the Mosquito Control Program
  • Mosquito Control Policy
  • Insecticides for Mosquito Control in Maryland
  • Product Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets
  • The Asian Tiger Mosquito in Maryland
  • Tips to Rid Your Community of Mosquito Breeding Sites
  • Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites

State Chemist

  • Information on the registration and regulation of the sale and distribution of pesticides feed
  • Pet food, fertilizer
  • Soil conditioners
  • Commercial compost, lime, etc. relative to safety, efficacy, environment, and economic cheat

Contact Information

Carol Holko
Assistant Secretary
Plant Industries & Pest Management

Telephone: 410-841-5870

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