Pesticide Complaint Investigations


 Pesticide Illness, Misuse, Illegal Applications, or Worker Safety Complaints - If you or anyone else is seriously ill, call 911 for help. In less serious cases, call your doctor or the Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222. At no charge, the Poison Control Center will give you first-aid information and advise you on what to do next. 

Whenever pesticide complaints occur, they should be reported to our office without delay so we can investigate the complaint. Prompt reporting is the best way to ensure investigators can get the facts of the case and collect useful evidence.  click here for Form

It is very helpful if you write down what happened and provide that information to our office when you talk with an inspector. Information you should include is:

  • When and where the incident happened
  • Who was involved (if you know)
  • What you saw
  • What you smelled, if anything
  • Names and symptoms of anyone who was sick

Completing an investigation may take days, weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the investigation. You can ask our office if you want us to send you written information on the outcome of the investigation.

DPR Community Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Pesticide Problems

En Español: Una Guía Comunitaria Para Reconocer y Reportar Problemas con Pesticidas

 Pesticide Worker Safety Complaint - To report possible pesticide worker safety complaints, call one of our offices immediately. You can file your complaint anonymously, but it helps our investigation if you provide your contact information. If you don't want your employer or anyone to know you filed a complaint, let our office know and we will not to reveal your name to anyone.

 Environmental Complaints - To file an environmental complaint with the California Environmental Protection Agency, you can fill out this online form .

 Licensee Complaints - If you have a question or complaint about a person or business that applied a pesticide, you can call our office to ask questions or file a complaint. If the applicator is a DPR licensee, you can find out if a person or company has a valid DPR license by downloading these lists . If the applicator is a Structural Pest Control Board licensee, you can verify the license status with the Structural Pest Control Board .