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Image of an Asian Tiger Mosquito on a plant stem. Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org

This Commercial Category is for pesticide applicators making arthropod control applications to individual person’s properties (misting devices, fogging and barrier treatment services.)

Someone doing mosquito work for hire has to be certified in HPC as well as PH/GRD. To qualify to sit for the HPC exam, one has to have at least one year of verifiable experience doing actual pest control work (not mosquito work) or pass Purdue’s “Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM” course (with their final exam being proctored at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in the office in Montgomery).

Once exams are passed, the applicator would apply for a commercial applicator permit. The applicator’s company would also need a custom license and the appropriate insurance as well as a HPC professional services permit–main office.

The installation and/or servicing of automated mosquito control mister in, on, around or under any structure would require a structural pest control business permit and a custom permit for public health. To qualify for the business permits, the permit holder must have at least one employee who is an Alabama certified operator in the categories of HOUSEHOLD PEST CONTROL and PUBLIC HEALTH PEST CONTROL. A pest control business offering fogging and barrier treatment services for residential or commercial properties must meet the same requirements as a business installing and/or servicing automated mosquito control misters.

Click on the text to link to materials and forms. When necessary the link will bring you to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries website or to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System store website to purchase manuals.

Exam Information

Public Health 

  • 50 Questions
  • Cost of Exam is $75.00

Ground Equipment 

  • 50 Questions
  • Cost of Exam is $75.00

General Standards

  • 50 Questions
  • Cost of Exam is $75.00

Household Pest 

  • 50 Questions
  • Cost of Exam is $75.00

In addition to testing at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in Montgomery, computer-based testing is available on a weekly basis at eight testing sites in the state of Alabama. Cost of exams for this method is $125.00 per exam. You may sign up to take the online exams by clicking this link or by visiting visiting http://apply.adaitesting.com; once approved, you will receive an approval email from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Study Material Required for This Category


It is also highly suggested and encouraged that you study the Truman Guide & The Mallis Handbook of Pest Control.

Requirements and Other Forms You May Need


Visit the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries website and scroll down to their “Forms and Documents.” Download these specific forms for this category 

Visit the Custom Applicators portion of their website for some Custom Specific Forms you may need.


Featured Image:Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org

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