Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division

Drones will help NCDA&CS investigate damage to crops

On a recent spring day, the buzz of drones filled the air over one of N.C. State University’s field labs about five miles south of campus. Beside the big open fields, stood staff from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, heads tilted up. An overcast sky helped them stare up to follow each […]

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As summer pests multiply, so do your options for handling them

Now that summer is fully upon us, you may be encountering some typical summertime pests around North Carolina. It may not help that you’re probably home more, giving you more opportunity to notice the critters around the house. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides oversight of pest control professionals to be […]

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Hemp added to registry in effort to protect it

From grapes to cotton, tobacco to Christmas trees, any crop can be harmed if the wrong herbicide or pesticide comes in contact with it. Certain specialty crops are especially vulnerable because they can be damaged by lots of normal herbicides and pesticides that are commonly used on farms and yards across North Carolina. Beehives could […]

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Carpenter bees: a tale of solitude and tolerance

It’s the time of year when you may be seeing more carpenter bees around your house, especially if you’re around your house more these days. Carpenter bees are solitary though, so you won’t find them in hives – probably just one or two at a time in any given area. Right now, lots of male […]

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Looking back at 2017: our year-in-review

With over 2,000 employees in 20 divisions and a presence in all 100 counties, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services touches the lives of North Carolinians every day. We have regulatory and service responsibilities that are wide-ranging, but all seek to support and promote the health and welfare of the residents of this state. […]

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NCDA&CS licenses first drone for pesticide application

NCDA&CS licenses first drone for pesticide application

Advances in agriculture happen all the time. Inspectors with our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division saw this advancement firsthand last week, as they licensed the first drone in North Carolina for pesticide application. “The technology is here for this type of spraying in North Carolina,” said Jim Burnette, director of the Structural Pest Control […]

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Online mapping a valuable tool for growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers

Online mapping a valuable tool for growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers

Communication is key to any good relationship, including business. FieldWatch, an online mapping service designed to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental or unintended pesticide drift, aims to help improve communication between growers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators. For the past year, department staff, with the help of N.C. State University and […]

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